Baked Apples

Baked apples are the perfect dessert that you don’t have to feel bad about. They are healthy and still filled with great flavor with a wonderfully baked stuffed apple.

six baked apples on a platter

Why You Need to Make this Baked Apple Recipe

It is quite a simple dessert to make. You do not have to do much prep work and you can have a delicious and healthy dessert.

It is always nice to have a dessert that you love that you don’t feel bad about after you eat. It is easy to make. This baked apple has the amazing flavor of an apple pie but with less work.

Baked Apple Ingredients

Make sure to check out what you will need for this recipe. It’s always great to be prepared especially for dessert. But don’t worry, you only need a few ingredients!

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Almonds
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Boiling water
baked apples ingredients on a tray

What kind of apples are best for baking?

The best kind of apples are the more firm and crisp apples. Some of my favorite apples to use in this are Opal apples. They are resistant to browning and bake wonderfully.

You can also use Granny Smith, Jonagold, Braeburn, and Honeycrisp apples. Or, if you have a favorite apple, try that one out and see how you like it!

Which apple breaks down the most while being baked?

There are a lot of great apples. But for this recipe, you are going to want an apple that will hold its shape. So, you will want to avoid apples that break down easily when being baked.

One apple that tends to break down the most is the golden delicious. While it has a great flavor when you eat it raw, it is not the best baking apple.

How to Make Baked Apples

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake the almonds to toast them until they become fragrant. Then chop them up into small pieces.
toasted chopped almonds in a bowl
  1. Wash the apples and then use a sharp knife to cut out the stem of the apple. Then use a melon baller to scoop out the center of the apple to create the cavity for the filling.
  1. Check to make sure the apples will sit up properly, if not remove part of the bottom until it does. Make sure to not cut through to the cavity you created.
6 cored apples in a baking dish
  1. Now toss together the chopped almonds, cinnamon, honey, salt, and vanilla extract. Then add in the melted butter to finish the filling.
filling for baked apples in a bowl
  1. Divide the filling amongst the apple cores and then place 1 tsp of butter on top of each apple.
  1. Pour boiling water and 2 tablespoons of butter into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. When that is done, add the apples to the dish and place the dish in the oven and bake the apples for 35 to 45 minutes.
  1. While the apples are cooking, about every 10 minutes or so, baste the apples with the butter water in the dish.
  1. Press on the apples to see if they have a slight give but the apples are still firm.

Serve the apples with a little more of the basting liquid and honey if you want.

baked apples on a platter and honey in a bowl

How do you core an apple for baked apples?

Begin by cutting off the stem area and use a melon baller to carefully scoop out about 1 ½ inch area inside the apple.

Do you peel apples before baking?

No! You want the skin on the apples for this recipe. They help the apple hold firm while it bakes.

How to Serve Baked Apples

After the apples are done baking, serve them with about 1 tablespoon of the basting butter water. You can also add a little extra honey and a dash of cinnamon, but that is optional.

Storing and Reheating Baked Apples

You will need to store these apples in an airtight container, but do not try to stack them. They will break apart very easily if they are stacked. Then just keep them in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.

To reheat them, put them back in a baking dish with a little extra water and bake them at 375 degrees until they are warmed all the way through.

overhead view of baked apples on a platter

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six baked apples on a platter

Baked Apples

Baked apples filled with cinnamon and nuts are a wonderful fall treat.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Recipes, Baked Apples
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 287kcal


  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 6 red apples (like Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Pink Lady)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey plus extra if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted plus 4 tablespoons chilled or room temperature
  • 3 cups boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place the almonds onto a baking sheet in a single layer and toast in the oven while it is heating until they become fragrant. Remove almonds from the oven and chop into very small pieces. Place almonds in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Wash the apples well. Take a sharp knife and cut the stem out of the apple. Then use a melon baller to scoop out the cavity of the apple, but be sure to keep the base of the apple intact. You may want to level the apple by checking to see if it will sit upright on its own. If it does not, trim enough off the bottom of the apple so it will sit upright.
  • Prepare the filling by tossing together the chopped almonds, ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons honey, salt, and vanilla extract. Add 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and stir.
  • Stuff the apples with the filling, and add about a 1-teaspoon pat of butter on the top of each apple.
  • Place boiling water and 2 tablespoons of butter into a 13×9-inch baking dish. Place the apples in the baking dish and bake for about 35 to 45 minutes, basting about every 10 minutes while cooking. Apples will be done when they are firm but give slightly when pressed.
  • When serving, spoon about a tablespoon of basting liquid on the apples and drizzle with additional honey if desired.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 0.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Texas Mom

    5 stars
    I made these apples last night. They were delicious and just the right amount of sweetness as I’m trying to do more healthy desserts. The chopped toasted almonds added a great texture and taste

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