EASY Baked Apple Slices

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.

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


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

2 Microwave on high for 5 minutes or more: 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 Add maple syrup to taste: 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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  • Barbara

    Made this in the oven, but will definitely be trying in the microwave tomorrow!!!


  • Audrey

    I love this recipe. Very easy to make. Thank you.


  • Leslie

    I am not a cook at all, I get that from my mother, lol! My mother loves baked apples and I wanted to attempt to make them. This looks like a recipe I may could handle. I know this is a dumb question, but I am one that needs exact measurements or I can even mess up this recipe! What would you consider a sprinkle of cinnamon? Like a pinch? Or like a teaspoon, tablesoon, ect.?

  • Danabee

    We heap ours on top of our steel cut oats for breakfast! SO GOOD.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

    • Kathy Palmer

      Hannah, this is a microwave search for apples. Try stove top search for cooked/steame apples and there will be a ton of variations. Good luck. FYI: the same goes for oven(baked) options. Tons of replies in the search. Hope you find one that works for you. Don’t be afraid to add things you like and have lime dried cranberries, blueberries, walnuts, ect.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • marian

    I just made this 5 minutes ago, and ate it. So simple, but a total revelation to me. Thanks!

  • Esther

    P.S. My grandfather had a large orchard on his farm and had some productive grafts. :)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 . . .

  • LisaPA

    I used brown sugar and a Cortland apple topped with cinnamon ice cream from The Perfect Scoop. Yum!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Joe Kenick Jr

      My beloved son-law (the answer to any Daddy’s prayers about who his little princess will marry) is diabetic. We use stevia as our sweetner . Raw it is all natural. Best wishes. Old Joe at 4 below (really. Wind chill down to 30 below in the gusts. Nice baked apple nite heah in “N’Hamsha”.

  • 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

  • lizskaggs

    These are absolutely wonderful. Have done this on the stove top but this is even better

  • 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!

  • Samantha

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

  • Brandon

    Wow, exceptional. Some of the best apples at the fastest time, and so simple. It’s genious. Thank you so very much.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Jo

      How long would you microwave a medium sized apple using your grandmother’s recipe?

  • 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!

    • Myra king

      Thanks!! I did not want to use the microwave.

    • Jo

      Karen, your sauté recipe sounds good. Do you include the sugar and cinnamon, too when you sauté them? And can you use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

  • 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

    • Carol

      this was my question as well and I’m glad I scrolled through the comments to see if anyone else had already asked it. growing 15 varieties on 3 trees is incredible!

  • Nancy Smith

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

    • 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!