Mom’s Baked Apple Slices

Baked apple slices recipe with fresh apple slices, baked with sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My parents have 3 apple trees on which we grow 15 varieties of apples, so we are always looking for good and easy apple recipes. My mother started cooking up apples this way for an everyday dessert a few years ago and it is what we have almost every night during apple season.

Mom's Baked Apple Slices

We did struggle with what to call it. Mom wanted, “apple pie without the crust”, but we nixed that. “Apple pie filling” didn’t go over very well either. “Baked apple slices” is as near as we can come, even though they aren’t baked in the oven but cooked rather quickly in a microwave.

Mom’s Baked Apple Slices Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2

As you slice up the apples, check for their flavor. If they don't taste good raw, believe me, they aren't going to taste good cooked.


  • 4 cups of peeled, sliced apples - use apples that cook up well, like Fuji or Jonagold
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup


1 Put apple slices in a glass bowl. Sprinkle on top the 3 Tbsp of sugar. Add a light sprinkle of cinnamon.

2 Bake in microwave oven for 5 minutes on high heat. Adjust the time for your microwave and how many apples you are doing. Ours has a powerful high setting so 4 cups of apples only takes 5 minutes.

If you use more apples, you will probably need to cook it a little longer. I suggest starting with 5 minutes and testing for doneness with a fork. If it needs more cooking time, give it more.

3 When done, remove and mix so the sugar coats well all the apple pieces. Add maple syrup to taste, about 1 Tbsp.

Delicious with whipped cream on top, or with vanilla ice cream on the side.

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  • Sharon

    For all of you asking about the oven, I used the recipe shown above, the oven at 350° for 10-12 minutes and they came out great!

  • JJ

    I wasn’t expecting a recipe this simple to work, but it DOES and these apples are DELICIOUS! I used Gala apples and some brown sugar, and they taste AMAZING!! Much quicker than baking them, and they taste just as good!

  • Joy Morris

    I got a bag of pink lady apples in my CSA box this week and I was looking for something unique to do with them. I saw this recipe and it wasn’t quite right. I saw your apple crisp recipe and that was closer but I’m out of rolled oats. I’ve made your baked apples and while they were very good I didn’t feel like fussing with coring and stuffing. Then it occurred to me. Sliced apples, maple syrup, and spiced as above but tossed with chopped pecans, dried cherries, and a bit of butter. Baked at 375f for 45 minutes. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lauren

    These really are excellent! I’ve had them three times in the last two days. I adjust the recipe to serve one person (me!) by using one medium-large Jonagold apple, 3 tsp sugar (or 1.5 packets splenda), cinnamon, and 1 tsp lite maple syrup. I’ve found that the smaller amount of apple slices only needs to cook for about 3 minutes. The apple slices are delicious and not too hard on the waistline either. I can’t wait to surprise my parents with this when I go to visit for the holidays.

  • Esther

    I’ve been making this all of apple season, and I had no idea so many other people did it, too! :) Because I have a number of food allergies and sensitivities, I can’t have cake or pie without it costing an arm and a leg (gluten sensitivity) with no guarantee that it will turn out like real pie or cake (violent egg allergy), so I really love this pie-ish recipe. It’s easy, cheap, and yummy! I make mine without added fat, usually, or with just a touch of palm shortening (soy sensitivity). For the spices, I use cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.

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