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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Baked Apples are crisp apples quartered and mixed with rich brown sugar and cinnamon seasoning then baked to perfection. Add ice cream on top for a decadent fall dessert!

For me, apples are my favorite in the fall. If you love apples as much as we do try this Apple Crumb Muffins, Caramel Toffee Apple Cake or Praline Apple Bundt Cake.

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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Baked Apples

During the fall season I am always craving apples. My mind is constantly thinking of how and what can I make with apples this season.

It is something with their crisp, sweet, tart and then savory taste that I just love when biting into an apple.

There are so many types of apples and flavorings within each one.

These baked apples are a savory and sweet treat that are addicting to say the least.

Every tender and then crunchy bite makes me want another bite.

These baked apple slices are just what you need to add to your fall meals this season!

What you need to make baked apple slices

Just a few simple ingredients that will make these apples taste their very best!

When mixing these apples together the fall smell and aroma in the our home changes.

It is a sweet, yet savory smell that remind me so much of cooler temperatures and fall leaves outside.

The ingredients are simple and already in your pantry for easy access.

Just mix together and you have a dessert that can be so versatile this fall!

  • Apples: sliced and peeled apples are best for baking
  • Brown sugar: I am addicted to brown sugar. Any change I get to add it to any recipe I am all over it. I love the sweetness and taste of it!
  • Cinnamon: rich and flavorful cinnamon is a must for apples. 
  • Lemon juice: this helps the apples from turning brown before baking.
  • Butter: just what you need to soften and add more flavoring to the apples while baking.

brown sugar cinnamon apples in a glass bowl

How you make baked apple slices

Just a few simple steps to make this tried and true dessert come to life.

Mixing it all together in one bowl and baking it in another is easy clean up and makes this dessert easy to say the least.

When baking your home will continue to smell like fall inside and have the warmth from the oven fill your home.

You will be able to start to taste the baked apple slices once it is about done.

You know you will be ready to serve these warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream to top them off with.

Bring fall inside this season with these brown sugar cinnamon baked apples!

  • Mix ingredients together: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and mix until incorporated.
  • Bake and serve: Place in a 9×13 inch pan or 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the apples are tender. Stir once in between. Serve with ice cream or as a topping.

Preparing your apples

Apples are easy to work with but you are on a time frame with them in order to keep their color.

Lemon juice does help them from turning brown but eventually they still will continue to have a discoloring if you wait too long.

Start with peeling my apples. If you have an apple peeler that is quick and easy, you can also use a sharp knife to peel with too.

Next, cut your apples into slices. You will want them all about the same size slice so they bake evenly.

I like to use my apple slicer then I get rid of the core and seeds at once. The slices are a little too thick so then I cut those sliced in half.

If you do not have an apple slicer, a sharp knife works best. Simply cut in half and then quarter them into the same thickness. About 1/4 inch slices.

Here are some of my favorite apples to bake with:

  • Granny Smith apples: most the time these are the apples I like to bake with. They are not too sweet but have enough to be sweet and savory.
  • Golden delicious apples: these apples tend to bruise easily and turn colors quickly. They have a sweetness to them that we love though.
  • Fuji apples: enjoy more of a sugary flavoring in these apples. They are a bit sweeter than most.
  • Honey Crisp apples: tastes just like they sound. They are crisp and sweet like honey.
  • Green apple: these are great for a tart pie or dessert.

How to use your baked apple slices

These brown sugar cinnamon baked apples are the perfect way to end any meal.

There are so many ways of serving them with other meals for a savory treat or adding them on top of a sweet treat.

These apples can be added to the side or on top for a great appetizer, side dish or dessert!

Tips for making baked apple slices

These apples are basic, straight forward and have all the flavor that you will love in every bite.

There are not many changes to these apples because of how simple they are to mix together and bake.

Here are a few tips to help change it up and add in more or less flavoring depending on how much you prefer.

  • Substitute the brown sugar for white sugar and honey for a less sweeter dessert.
  • If you don’t have time to bake your apples try frying them on the stove top for a quicker way of cooking.
  • After mixing all the ingredients together add them to a slow cooker and let the slow cooker finish cooking them for about 2 hours on low or until tender. Stirring them occasionally.
  • Mixing your flavors and types of apples is always a fun way to change up this dessert.
  • Add a splash of vanilla to the mixture for a sweet and subtle vanilla flavoring.

brown sugar cinnamon baked apples in a cast iron with butter on top getting ready to bake.

What to serve with your baked apples

Most the time we just love to eat our baked apples as a side or as a dessert.

You can have more any meal with these baked apples.

To keep it a little bit southern, we like to start with Chicken Fried Steak, Dad’s Famous Mashed Potatoes and finish off with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Baked Apples with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Storing baked apples

For best results making these the day of and even having them baking during dinner time is best.

You will be able to smell the apples, cinnamon and brown sugar mixture blending together and creating an aroma that will last all night long in your warm home.

These are just what you need to finish off any meal that you have prepared.

  • Making ahead: if you are planning to have this after dinner for a dessert or a side dish during your meal make ahead of time and store the pan fully covered and place in the refrigerator until ready to warm up. It will last in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
  • Refrigerating: Bake and let cool completely then add your baked apples to a ziplock bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
  • Freezing: these apples don’t do the best frozen because of the change of color and texture but you can still do it if you don’t mind those changes. Store your baked apples in a freezer bag for up to 1 month in the freezer.
  • Warming up: when ready to reheat, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until your apples are warm or warm them up on the stove top and stirring occasionally. You can also use the microwave, just be careful not over cooking them. They do tend to become mushy when warming up in the microwave.

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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Baked Apples

4.34 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Baked Apples are crisp apples quartered and mixed with rich brown sugar and cinnamon seasoning then baked to perfection
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and mix until incorporated.
  • Place in a 9x13 inch pan or 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the apples are tender. Stir once in between. Serve with ice cream or as a topping.


Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 4 stars
    I made this tonight and topped it with ice cream. The brown sugar mixture was perfect. Felt like I was eating apple pie a-la-mode without the crust and with fewer calories. What a yummy, easy to make dessert.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made a similar dish many years ago and it was excellent! So Good my family and Friends LOVE IT! Also as you have stated it is so versatile and have so many serving possibilities…Thank you for printing this great recipe!

  3. If you have it on hand, try adding a splash of Port wine! It’s an amazing combination very common here in Portugal =)