Mom’s Baked Apple Slices

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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  • Nancy Smith

    Oh yes! This is a good one and so simple to make. Good for you too.

  • Sandra

    How can you grow 15 different varieties on only 3 trees? Looks yummy!

    All apples grown for consumption are propagated through grafts. For example, you don’t plant a granny smith apple and grow a granny smith apple tree. You take a granny smith branch, cut a piece of it off, and graft it to another branch from another tree. Granny smith, like all the apples we eat, are mutations. The only way we can grow them is through grafting. And you can easily graft lots of varieties of apples on to one tree. Wild eh? ~Elise

  • Karen

    I do the same thing with apple slices, only I saute them in a big skillet with some butter instead of microwaving. The juices become more syrupy that way. My family loves them; especially with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream on top!

  • Kate

    My grandmother’s been making something similar for us for years…instead of slicing the apple, she cores them, puts the sugar and cinnamon in the hole, and microwaves them (in a bowl, to catch the juices) until soft. We usually put whipped cream on top.

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