Cinnamon Apples

  • PrepTime: 10 Mins
  • CookTime: 8 Mins
  • TotalTime: 18 Mins


  1. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 4 large apples (Granny Smith or Rome)
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Peel the apples and remove the cores. Cut the apples into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices.
  3. Transfer the apple slices to a bag or bowl. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; toss to coat the apple slices.
  4. Put the butter in a large skillet and place it over medium heat. When the butter begins to sizzle, add the apple mixture.
  5. Cook the apples, occasionally stirring, for about 6 to 9 minutes, or until they are tender, and then stir in the vanilla extract.


  1. Optionally, to thicken the sauce mixture, combine 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of apple juice or water; stir until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the apples and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes longer or until thickened.
  2. Replace the cinnamon and nutmeg with 1 1/2 teaspoons of apple pie spice.
  3. Add a pinch of ground allspice to the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. If the apples are quite sweet, toss them with a teaspoon or two of lemon juice.
  5. Instead of apples, make the recipe with fresh sliced pears.
  6. Spoon the cinnamon apples over a scoop of ice cream.
  7. Serve the sliced cinnamon apples in dessert dishes with a drizzle of cream or dollop of whipped cream.
  8. Make mini puff pastry tarts with leftover cinnamon apples.
  9. Serve cinnamon apples with pork chops or baked ham.
  10. Spoon cinnamon apples and sauce over pancakes, waffles, or split biscuits.
  11. Refrigerate cinnamon apples in airtight containers for up to 4 days.
  12. The apples may be frozen, but keep in mind the texture might be a bit mushier after thawing. To freeze, transfer them to airtight containers or zip-close bags and freeze for up to 6 months.
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