Baked Apples

Baked apples are so very good and can be served along with baked ham or roasted turkey as part of the meal. They may also be served as a[ dessert with caramel sauce.]

Total Time:
1 hr 21 min
6 min
1 hr
15 min

6 servings

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 same-size Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 teaspoon-size pieces
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Core apples, making sure not to puncture the bottom of the apples so that the juices will remain. Remove skin from 1/2-inch around top of apples at the opening. Fill each cavity with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Top each apple with a teaspoon of butter. Place apples in casserole dish and pour apple juice around them. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat, garnish with fresh mint, and serve.

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    This recipe was not good. After an hour they were still not cooked and the nutmeg ruined the cinnamon flavor. Also the apple juice was a waste. It did not add any flavor nor make a nice syrup. I will revert to my favorite foolproof method of pan frying apple slices in butter and sugar with a bit of cinnamon. Now those are perfect and done in less than 10 minutes.
    It's like having apple pie without the carbs! I add ice cream to have it ala mode and it is just scrumptious!
    The apples do not need to bake this long. To be safe I baked them 45 minutes and it was still way to long they fell apart. I will try again baking them for 30 minutes. Just make sure to keep an eye on them while cooking!
    We loved these and very simple to make. I only baked for 40 minutes and then let them sit for 15 minutes with the foil still on the pan. Next time I will use half the sugar and they will still be delicious!
    I substituted Splenda for the sugar, used sugar free apple juice and Best Life buttery spread and made this a heart healthy and diabetic compliant recipe. It was SOOO good. It cut out over 100 calories too. Cut the baking time to about 40 minutes. YUMMY!
    This was my 1st attempt @I baked apples. It was great! My kids all loved it (11-2yrs. Very Simple & Easy. An hour seemed to be a bit long for cooking time tho. Next time I'kk bake only for 40 minutes. A great & easy way for apples for the kids.
    Yummy! Super Easy and everyone loved it. I Will definitely make again soon!
    This is a excellent recipe. I have never baked apples before!but my mom use to I tried these for my family (1/12/2012. I served them with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and carmel they finger licking the bowls clean.I add extra cinnamon and a bit allspice and chop almonds over the top..Paula i love you and i watch you every day on food network
    very good!!!!!
    This was an enjoyable, tasty dish. My husband and I both loved it. I substitued brown sugar for granulated sugar, but then added a 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Just the right amount of sweetness to the spicy cinnamon/nutmeg flavors. I forgot the ice cream, whipped cream or caramel sauce, but it was just as good without all that. I used a paring knife to core the apples and found it to be a challenge not to pierce a hole in the bottom of the apple. I only poked one out of six, so that was good! I baked my apples for 45 min. but could easily have gone the full hour. They were soft, but not applesauce. I live at a higher altitude so that may be why my apples can cook longer. Anyway, I recommend this recipe. It felt good to make a delicious somewhat healthy dessert. I will be making it again.
    So delicious! My 2 daughters just loved these baked apples. I used part brown and white sugar, and had some apple cider on hand, so used that instead of apple juice. Cooked for 1 hour and they were just perfect....used Cortlands. Ooops...forgot to cover with aluminum foil; really wasn't necessary, I guess. Served with whipped cream. Yummy!
    This is a great recipe! However there is an obvious error in the cooking time. At the top of the recipe it specifies the cooking time is "15 Minutes." Yet in the body of the recipe it says to bake for "45 minutes to 1 hour." This is much too long. No wonder so many of the reviewers say they end up with applesauce. Once this recipe has been corrected, perfect bakes apples will be enjoyed by all and Paula's good name will be redeemed!
    Thank you for this excellent recipe. I have never eaten or made baked apples before! I tried these for my family (10/15/09). I served them with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and they licked the bowls clean. I used Fuji apples (on hand). My step daughter Haley, 12 yrs, was in Heaven. She said, that the baked apples smelled of the Holidays. Haley was also pleased that it was one of your receipes. We all love you. Thank you agian. I have also passed this recipe on to my boss. Have a Blessed Day.
    Wanda Hafer
    Texas Gal
    My husband doesn't enjoy pumpkin pie so, for our Thanksgiving (in Canada) I decided to make Paula's baked apples. They were OK...and just that..OK...not how I remember them as a child. I believe we used brown sugar and probably a little flour mixed in to make it a nice thick syrup. This recipe lacked any excitement for someone with tastebuds.
    I have made apples similar to this in the past. I actually stuff the inside of the apples with a few raisins as well...they are yummy!!!
    I'm 13 and made this recipe for my mom for her b-day, and it was GREAT! I added raisins, walnuts, extra cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, caramel topping and BAM! it was delish! I baked it for 45 minutes and loved it, but maybe a little longer. SO GOOD!
    These apples were so tasty and very simple to make. I served them with pork chops and they were great.
    very ,very good.reminds me of grandma!!!
    these apples are the best i wanted to try them for thanksgiving dinner because i have never tried a apple dish before and it turned out to be one of the best dishes! its great.!
    wow! this recipe is really good thank you food network!!!!!!!!!!!
    The apples truned out wonderfully
    Um Um Good, made them right after the show was over, Thanks Paula.
    Super with a few modifications to cut back on the sugar (at risk for diabetes). I use Johnagold or other type apples and the splenda brown sugar mix instead of white sugar. I also add in about 3 T of dried fruit (cherries, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, whatever) and about 3 T of pecans. Fill the cores of the apples with the fruit, nut, sugar spice mixture and dot with butter. I bake mine at 350 for a good hour or so. I also use the Tropicana light apple juice with 1/2 the sugar for the cooking liquid. Super yummy as dessert. My husband even takes them to work, they are great reheated. Invest in an apple's a must.
    This recipe is delicious, simple and healthy..........loved it..........
    Easy to make and delicious!
    This was a huge hit with my family. Made for Memorial Day feast, so was quick and easy. We topped our apples off with Vanilla/Caramel ice cream and drizzled more caramel over the top. Was great addition to the warm apples.
    Thank you Paula - another great one!
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