Hasselback Apples with Granola Streusel and Caramel

These baked apples come together quickly with the help of a crunchy topping made with granola and store-bought caramel sauce. Pop them in[ the oven while you prep dinner for an easy weeknight desert.]

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
15 min
50 min

4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large, firm baking apples, such as Gala or Honeycrisp
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla-flavored granola
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch fine salt
  • 1/4 cup store-bought caramel sauce
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with some of the melted butter.

  • Peel and halve the apples; cut out the cores and place flat-side down. Using a sharp knife, make slits in each apple half 1/4 inch apart; do not cut through to the bottom. (If you make the slits too close together, the apples will fall apart). Place the apples flat-side down in the prepared baking dish.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of the melted butter with 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar in a small bowl with a fork until a paste forms. Spread the mixture on the apples. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake until just tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the streusel. If the granola has big chunks in it, put it in a plastic bag and smash with the back of a measuring cup into smaller crumbles. Mix the granola with the flour, salt, remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a bowl with a fork until the pieces are moistened and the mixture is clumpy.

  • Uncover the apples and spoon the streusel on the tops and in some of the slits, using a fork or the tip of a paring knife to gently separate the flaps. Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, until the apples are tender and the topping is golden, about 20 minutes more.

  • Microwave the caramel sauce in a small bowl until warm, about 45 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice. Transfer the apples to plates, drizzle with the caramel sauce and top with whipped cream.

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