Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Apples

by Heather on September 26, 2011

I don’t know about you, but when I think about apples I think applesauce.  Always.

Why is it that my mind is in this rut when it comes to cooking with apples anyway?  I mean, I blame it on my mom making the best homemade applesauce from the apples that grew in our garden.  I was pretty spoiled in eating that stuff, so when coming up with ways to cook them I always lean to applesauce.


This time around though I decided it has to be different.  I have to step out of the applesauce comfort zone and figure out a new way to cook apples…even if the flavors are still the same!  And, well, the flavors are still the same but the result is deliciously different.

Does anyone else truly adore those freeze-dried apple snacks?  I love them!  So much so that I would almost give my left arm for a dehydrator to make my own…almost.  I mean, I’m not left-handed or anything but it seems like having 2 arms is probably happening for a reason.  I’ll stick with buying the freeze-dried apple slices from the store for now.

So to be totally honest these are not going to be crispy-crunchy at all, but removing some of the moisture in the oven lends a really great texture to the slices.  Well, that and the crunchy cinnamon-sugar crust that you put on it later.  On a side note, I never drank much in college but one night had two margaritas (didn’t know they were that strong and that my tolerance was that weak!) and came home to tell my roommate that I was STARVING.  She laughed and said it sounded like I had the drunk munchies and made me cinnamon sugar toast.  I wasn’t drunk, but that toast was the best dang bread I think I’d ever had!  Since then there really is no better combination than cinnamon and sugar.  Really.


  • 3-4 apples, pick your favorite kind
  • juice from one lemon
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.  Slice the apples very thinly (about 1/8 of an inch), leaving the skin and middle intact but removing the seeds and stem.  Toss with lemon juice to prevent browning, then place in one layer on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 200 and roast for another hour, turning the apple slices every 10-15 minutes.  When the edges start to curl a little remove from the oven.  Melt the butter and toss the apple slices with it.  In a large bowl whisk together the cinnamon and sugar and toss the apple slices to coat.  Let cool on a sheet of parchment or wax paper – or don’t.  They’re perfectly delicious either way!

I mean, it’s no mom’s applesauce but I think these might be my new favorite snack or even have a little place at our Thanksgiving table!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robin Sue September 26, 2011

Oh yum! I do love apple desserts, and this one looks like a great little treat. I am left handed so I would have to give my right toe;-)


2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 26, 2011

Cinnamon + sugar toast used to be such a treat as kids, it’s so delicious <3


3 Urban Wife September 26, 2011

These remind me of autumn = best time of year ever. Now the temps outside just need to cooperate! :)


4 Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 26, 2011

Love this! I’d eat the whole batch out of the oven.


5 Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking September 26, 2011

I’ve made these before and we absolutely loved them. Well, I did at least because I ate ALL of them before anyone had a chance to have any! Oh well. I’m making them again today and will definitely be sharing.


6 The Food Hunter September 26, 2011

great idea…I will make a bunch of these as a snack.


7 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 26, 2011

Apples are everywhere in blogworld today :-) It must be fall!!


8 Emily @ A Cambridge Story September 26, 2011

So simple and beautiful!


9 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun September 26, 2011

I know I say it every post but these look amazing too. I love those apple crisp type things and doing them with cinnamon and sugar undoubtedly takes them over the top.


10 Bakerbynature September 26, 2011

This looks like a wonderful and delcious way to use up all the apples Fall is bringing! A great snack idea too; thanks for sharing!


11 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 26, 2011

Yum! You’re so right, cinnamon + sugar is a magical combo.


12 Delishhh September 26, 2011

When i think apples i think just raw apples – but that can be because i eat an apple a day as a afternoon snack. I will also only buy organiz pink lady apples. I am very picky. It needs to be crunchy, hard, crips, sour and sweet all in one and 99% of the time only Pink Lady can deliver :) But i do have to say this looks like a perfecrt dessert. . .


13 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 26, 2011

What a great snack idea, I’ll have to try this!


14 Cookin' Canuck September 26, 2011

I don’t have a dehydrator either, so will definitely try your method. These would be such a great snack for my kids.


15 Jenny September 26, 2011

Holy cow!!! I am making these! You’ve also made me want cinnamon toast!


16 Nichol October 2, 2011

These look excellent. I don’t have a dehydrator so use the oven often for fruit snacks like this. I am going to give these a try!


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