Easy sliced baked apples roasted with butter and sweet spices — like apple pie without the crust! Serve warm with ice cream, yogurt or granola.
Want to get your whole house smelling like an amazing homemade apple pie, without fussing over pie dough or pastry?
As a matter of fact, making these easy baked apples is the best kind of aromatherapy:
The sliced apples bake in buttery brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices, which absolutely makes your house smell amazing!
I guarantee it’s a million times better than a pumpkin-spice candle, and you get to eat it, too.
This simple, healthy treat combines firm, sweet apples with melted butter, brown sugar and spices in a baking dish.
The dish bakes in a hot oven (425 degrees) for less than 30 minutes.
The apples become tender and golden, while the sauce bubbles and almost turns into a caramel sauce, all bubbling and delicious.
For my taste, these lightly sweetened roasted apples fall into the category of a sweet breakfast treat or even dessert.
The best apples for baking
To make sure your spice-roasted apples turn out tender — but not mushy like applesauce – use one or a combination of these apple varieties:
- Honeycrisp: This is a great all-around apple to eat of hand, and also a champ for baked desserts. It’s snappy, tart and juicy.
- Gala: A winner for pies and all kinds of baking, Gala apples taste sweet and mild when raw, and they’re a popular choice for professional pie bakers.
- Jonagold: A little harder to find, Jonagolds are a cross between Golden Delicious and the heirloom Jonathan apple. Jonagolds have good flavor and firm texture.
- Granny Smith: Tart, crisp Grannies are versatile for snacking and baking.
- Braeburn: A flavorful variety with a perfect balance of sweetness and crispness.
Cinnamon Spice Roasted Apples
- 5-6 crisp tart apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Paula Red, peeled and cored
- ¼ cup (60 ml) melted butter
- 1/3 cup (80 g) brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 425 (220C) degrees.
- Slice each apple into 1/2-inch wedges — you should have a generous 4 cups.
- Stir the butter, sugar, spices, salt and vanilla together in a bowl.
- Toss the apples with the butter and transfer to a shallow baking dish.
- Roast the apples about 20-25 minutes, until they soften and juices are caramelized and bubbling.
- Let cool 5 minutes. Serve the apples warm over softly whipped cream on the side.
- Roasted spiced apples are delicious served warm, topped with granola and plain yogurt, ice cream or over pancakes or waffles.
- Choose one or a combination of apple varieties that stay firm for baking, such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Jonagold, or Braeburn.