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Classic Baked Apples are the perfect dessert for Fall.  They are easy to make and are perfect for topping off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Baked Apples in a white baking dish.

Fall is almost here and with Fall come harvest, holidays, and our favorite baked treats! Apples seem to symbolize this special time of year, from the old tradition of taking one to your teacher, to bobbing for apples at the state fair, to all the baked goods that utilize these little treasures. This simple and easy recipe gives you an excuse to buy up those yummy Fall time apples that are on sale.

These Classic Baked Apples are filled with sweet, cinnamon stuffing and then steamed to perfection in the oven. A perfect dessert and fun for any kind of party, these are sure to impress and bring a little cheer to combat the back-to-school blues. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! With this recipe, there is simply no reason to not take that old adage for all it’s worth! Bon Appletit!

Can I use walnuts in this recipe?

Yes. Chopped walnuts or almonds would work as a substitute for the pecans in this recipe

How should I serve baked apples?

Baked apples can be served plain, or they are frequently topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Try drizzling them with caramel syrup or you can even garnish them with a little whipped cream and cinnamon.

What are the best variety of apples for baking?

There are hundreds of varieties of apples so it can be hard to know which to purchase. There are a number of commonly sold apples that are great for baking. Green apples like Granny Smith provide a nice tart flavor and are great for baking. Other yellow and red varieties that are good for baking include Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Braeburn, Jonathan, Fuji, and Pink Lady. Check the apple for freshness, it should be nice and hard. If the apple is squishy, is bruised, or discolored, you will want to discard them.

Overhead view of a tray filled with baked apples.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Store any leftover apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave in 30-second increments until warmed through.

If you like this recipe, you may also be interested in these other delicious Fall apple favorites:

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Baked apple on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream covered in caramel.
Classic Baked Apples are the perfect dessert for Fall.  They are easy to make and are perfect for topping off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
  • 6 apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups water
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Starting from the apple stem, use a paring knife to remove cores from each apple, leaving the bottom of the apple intact to create a hollow bowl-like interior. Place each prepared apple into a 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. Spoon into the center of each apple to fill to top.
  • Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter on top of each apple center. Pour water into the bottom of the baking dish so that the apples sit in the water and steam.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until apples are soft. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Instead of cutting the core from the apple to create a bowl, some may find it easier to slice the apple in half. Then remove the core from each half and scoop out a little bowl like shape to hold your filling. 


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Apples
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