These Maple Cinnamon Baked Apples make a wonderful dessert. The apples are dipped in a maple and cinnamon mixture, topped with some dried cranberries and baked to perfection!
Top these sweet baked apples with some vanilla ice cream for even more deliciousness!
Best apples to use for the Maple Cinnamon Baked Apples:
I used Golden Delicious apples. They hold well when baked and turn out soft, not mushy, on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.
Any apple that holds its shape well when baked would work great.
Some of the most common apples that are best for baking include:
- Golden Delicious: sweet, slightly tart apples
- Crispin: Juicy, sweet, slightly tart
- Granny Smith: these apples are more acidic/sour than the other apples, but they do taste great baked! That little acidity adds more flavor.
- Honeycrisp: also sweet and slightly tart
- Ida Reds: these have a more tart flavor
- McIntosh: these apples are sweet, with slight acidity and tart flavor
Should the apples be peeled before baking?
It’s best to keep the peel on the apple. The peel helps the apple keep its “apple” shape.
Plus, it makes the apples more crispy on the outside. So, for sure, keep the peel! Less work and time spent too!
How to prepare the Maple Cinnamon Baked Apples:
- Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prepare the mixture for coating: In a small mixing bowl combine the maple syrup, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg and pour mixture on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Prepare the apples for baking: rinse the apples with warm water, pat to dry and place on cutting board. Next, slice each apple in half and core each half using a paring knife. If you are using an apple corer like I did, core the apple first and then slice in half.
- Place the apple halves in maple/cinnamon mixture and coat both sides of the apple. Turn the apple halves skin down and sprinkle them with the dried cranberries.
- Bake the apples in the oven at 400°F for 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serve the baked apples topped with vanilla ice cream, or some yogurt. Top with some fresh berries. Some toasted walnuts. Drizzle the juice that’s left over after baking. So, so good!
Try these other desserts:
- Mazurek Shortcake Dessert
- Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake (with cranberry sauce filling)
- Honey-Glazed Apple and Blueberry Pastry Cups
- Chocolate Granola Cups