baked apples recipe

best baked apple recipe
Fall is the perfect time to bake up comforting treats. While your mind may wander to images of baked apple pie, that’s not the only apple recipe in the game.

The weather is changing; I can’t deny it now. Just this morning I had to grab a light jacket for the kids before heading out. (Insert sad music here.) I guess it’s socially acceptable to break out the apple recipes now, too.

Truth be told, I’m not one of those people who pulls on fall boots on Sept. 1. Regardless, everyone needs a few delicious apple recipes in their lives, and if you’re looking for a new apple recipe, this is a great place to start. This recipe is not too sweet, so you don’t have to feel guilty once you’ve enjoyed it.

My 6-year old taste-tester told me after inhaling one bite, “You did a good with this apple thing.” And you know what? He’s right!

When you’re making these baked apples, try to use large baking apples, such as Cortland apples, as they tend to hold up better. I used pink lady apples and they held up in the oven until the 35 minute mark. After that, you’re rocking the boat a bit.

Either way, they’re still delicious.

baked apple recipe


4 apples (Try to use sturdy baking apples; I used pink lady.)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter (divided)
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 tsp cardamon
1 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Use a pairing knife or apple corer to remove the core and seeds from the apple, leaving the last 1/2 inch of the apple intact.

In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, raisins, and brown sugar.

Place a small pat of butter at the bottom of the apple.

Fill it with the raisin topping.

Top it off with another small pat of butter.

Carefully place apples in a square glass pan and slowly add boiling water around the apples.

Bake the apples for 30-45 minutes, and then enjoy!

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Lisa Leslie-Williams

Lisa Leslie-Williams

Lisa Leslie-Williams is a pharmacist turned health and wellness lifestyle blogger, with a style that’s all her own. She lives in the Washington DC-metro area with her college sweetheart and their two homeschooled children. Since trading her script pad for a keypad, Lisa has never looked back. Inspired by changes in her own diet and health, her blog, The Domestic Life Stylist, offers posts on healthy living. Lisa passionately believes that food/wellness (and not pharmaceuticals) are the first line to attaining optimal health, self-care is a necessity (not a luxury), and “momming” with style is not an oxymoron. Lisa is frequent TV guest and has appeared on shows like the Dr. Oz show and Good Morning Washington. She's also the author of the popular e-book, “7 Dangerous Health Mistakes Every Mom Makes."