Mom’s Baked Apple Slices

We have 3 apple trees on which we grow 15 varieties of apples, so we are always looking for good and easy apple recipes. My mom 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. 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 1-2.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

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

33 Comments

    • Courtney Hancock

      Well I had real and pure Maple syrup and let me tell you I am a fan of Apple Pie and when I tasted this it was 1 step from heaven!

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. hunter

    I don’t know the details, but I’ve seen it done quite a bit. Apple trees are similar enough that they actually merge well, and there’s a way to split a large branch or a part of the trunk open a bit, and then place a branch from a different type of apple tree there. If you bind it there, it’ll merge with the existing tree, and you end up with one tree that will produce different types of apples. A friend’s father has one that produces five different types, one type on each of its five main branches. It’s basically just very careful pruning.

  5. Mrs. Happy Housewife

    Thanks for the recipe. I made these last night with a pork roast and everyone was pleased. I used Galas. I did change the recipe a bit, though. I used brown sugar, added some butter, and used vanilla and maple extract instead of maple syrup.

  6. Samantha

    This way yummy! I replaced with spenda and SF syrup and it was still great for those of us counting our calories!

  7. Chris

    This was really delicious. This might sound funny, but tonight I didn’t know what to make for dinner, and didn’t feel like cooking. My kids wanted pancakes. I wanted them to have more than just flour and milk for dinner. So, I topped them with these great baked apples! MMMmmmm Delicious – and so convenient in the microwave. I believe I ended up cooking them for 17 minutes before they were cooked tender. My kids could smell the apples and cinnamon coming from the bowl in the microwave, and they were swooning over the delightful aroma! Thank you so very much!

  8. Courtney

    ….Is it ok to use green apples? That’s all I have as of now. =(

    Sure! We use tart green Granny Smiths all the time. ~Elise

  9. Brandy

    My mom used to make apples like this in a skillet with butter. We used to eat leftovers as a topping for pancakes. So good! I’m going to have to try your microwave version a try. Speeding up the process means we get to eat sooner!

  10. Grammie C

    I am prediabetic so I use Splenda on this,”it is delicious”!
    We will join you in having this all season
    we took a vote at our table as a good name for it and
    “Crustless Apple Pie”
    won hands up “YaY” and
    “alamode” really brings a cheer !

    Thanks to your mom and you for sharing this with us.

  11. Patrick

    Your recipe is just what I was looking for, and delicious. I used mixed spice (which wasn’t homemade) for speed, and lavender sugar (which WAS homemade) and which I just happened to have had hanging around. The reader comments really make this a value-added site. Thanks to all.

  12. Fatti

    I happened upon this recipe just ten minutes ago while looking for a midnight snack, and now I’m sitting here with a bowl of the most delicious apples I’ve ever tasted.
    Thanks for this simple and delightful treat.

  13. Lindsay

    Thank you for your website. I’ve been looking for simple recipes to make the kids I nanny and I’ve stumbled across so many here. These are delicious and we love them!
    I also wanted to say my father and father in law are both extremely diabetic and they use stevia as a sweetener for things like this. We use natural cane sugar and organic sugar and it works amazing on all fruit recipes.
    Thank you once again for your recipes!

  14. Roz

    Can you use these baked apple slices to stuff in a fruit pie made with puff pastry?

    Sure! They would be great in a puff-pastry based pie. ~Elise

  15. Heather

    I tried this tonight but added in some red raspberries I had on hand – DELICIOUS! For the leftovers, I may try red raspberry syrup on top instead of the maple syrup . . .

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. aki

    My husband loves my apple+cranberry crumble, but for my waistline, I don’t want to make it as often as he wishes. so this was a perfect compromise, at least for me.
    I used to microwave apples chunks without any added sugar for healthy snack/dessert for my little children (and for me), but this is great. Still light and very tasty!

    This time I used gala, and I added a splash of white wine (since I was out of my usual brandy) and a few tbsp of caramel (instead of maple syrup) which made lovely light syrup to coat apples. I had to cook much longer, but it came out gorgeous.
    I love simple and delicious food. I became an instant fan of your site. Thanks for sharing the great collection of your recipes!

  19. Marisa

    I tried it this morning with a tablespoon of real maple syrup, cinnamon, sweet nutmeg and walnuts. I put it in the microwave for 5 minutes and it was amazing! We had it for breakfast but with some vanilla ice cream it would make a perfect dessert!

  20. Angela

    I have an 8 year old son and I am always looking for ways to making eating fruit fun. I had Red Delicious Apples sitting on my counter and thought I wonder if there is a way to make a nice sweet dish with them. I am so glad I found this site, we made them today for the first time. I cooked them in a non stick pan in the oven and it made our house smell so yummy. We are going to have them tonight with either Redi Wip or Vanilla Ice Cream…Can’t wait :)

  21. Kathleen

    I used a Gala apple (left the peel on), 2 tsps NY pure maple syrup, a generous dusting of cinnamon, coarsely chopped pecans, and raisins. Five minutes in the microwave. Delicious over oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, or alone with a sprinkle of granola. I love this idea… Fast, easy, and delicious.

  22. Amanda

    This was wonderful! I left the peels on our golden delicious and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and a splash of almond extract. Delicious!

  23. Serene

    This is SO good plain, with pouring cream or ice cream! Made either in mwo or on the stove. Play around with the sweetener and cinnamon and butter to your taste. Wonderful if you have excess fruit and don’t know what to do with them apples! Make lots; can be frozen. Also can be used in upside down cakes, or chopped roughly or finer depending if for use in cakes or muffins. Love. Thanks so much Elise; I even shared this on fb.

  24. Hannah

    I don’t have a microwave, how would I do them stovetop? They look sooooo good!

    Good question. Steam them? That’s essentially what you are doing when you microwave them anyway. ~Elise

  25. Nick

    I added a banana and some dried cranberries to it and served it over a waffle. It was great, simple to make and did the trick for a quick but nice desert.

  26. jeh

    How do you cook this in oven [temp and time] if you choose to not micro wave?

    Good question. No idea. Your guess is as good as mine. It’s a microwave recipe. ~Elise

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