Warming both your kitchen and your soul, Cinnamon Baked Apples are a wonderful fall dessert. Soft apples, cinnamon sugar, and nutty walnuts combine to create this seasonal favorite!
Thanksgiving is next Thursday. How did that happen?
This will be the first Thanksgiving that I spend away from home and with Matt. Since we’ll be traveling on Thanksgiving day itself, we are going to be celebrating it a bit early with a Friendsgiving this weekend.
Clearly, I could not miss out on the chance to have all of that wonderful Thanksgiving food. After seeing pictures all over Pinterest of it, my mouth was watering just looking at all those delicious turkeys, creamy potatoes, and decadent stuffing. I simply could not live without it so Matt and I invited some friends over on Saturday to join us for a pre-Thanksgiving Friendsgiving.
(Side note: Did you know Matt has never heard the term “Friendsgiving” before? He seems to think it’s word I’ve invited all my own. I’ve seen people all over my Facebook doing Friendsgivings!)
Anyways, because of the above this will be my first time making my own turkey. Granted, I’ve helped out my mom and dad in the past but I’ve never had to do it on my own before. I’ve already had to speed dial my mom asking about what temperature we cook the turkey at and how to make the gravy. Oh, plus I’ve already made two trips to the store with one more in mind for later today. Hopefully I don’t forget anything!
There is so much pressure! Making the turkey, stuffing, gravy and more all to impress company! I need some good vibrations here, guys. Maybe my inner food blogger will come out and wow everyone! (That’s what I’m hoping for at least…)
Since I know I’m going to be super stressed on Saturday preparing everything, I wanted to start the preparation early for dishes that would be fine for me to reheat the day of.
In comes these Cinnamon Baked Apples.
These apples not only are delicious, but they are perfect for making ahead of time! You can simply bake them most of the way through and just throw in the oven day of to reheat and finish cooking!
This dessert is everything you love about fall and more. The seasonal, fresh apples turn super soft and warm in the oven. Then, the sugar and cinnamon topping adds a wonderful depth to the apples and the toasty, nutty walnuts on the top add a whole other layer of flavor. Serving these warm apples over vanilla ice cream (a la mode) makes this dessert super easy but also sinfully delicious.
Save yourself some stress, make this in advance, and sit back and enjoy this delicious treat! No more ordinary pies for you!
- 3 large apples, peeled and sliced (green or red)
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tbs ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- Vanilla ice cream, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 1qt sized baking dish. Place apples in the greased baking dish. Pour apple cider over apples.
- In a bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the top of the apples. Dot butter cubes over the top of the apples. Sprinkle on walnuts.
- Bake in the oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until apples are soft. Serve apples warm over vanilla ice cream.