Cinnamon Apple Crisps Only 3 ingredients

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These oven-baked cinnamon apple crisps are the perfect healthy snack to enjoy this fall. But be warned, it’s dang near impossible to stop after one!

Layer of baked apple chips on counter.

Going to do some apple picking this fall? Why not turn your bounty into a batch of these cinnamon apple crisps? It takes only five minutes to prep this easy apple crisp recipe, followed by two hours in the oven. Then in a jiffy you and the family will have three cups of deliciously crunchy oven-baked apple chips to munch on. Now, you can serve these crisps in a variety of ways – either sweet with yogurt, savory on top of a salad, or a handful on their own.

These cinnamon apple crisps are perfect for many reasons, including the fact they’re easy and cheap to make, and healthy! But be careful, they can be addicting! Yep, once you make a batch I guarantee you’ll be going to buy more apples immediately to make round two – they’re just that good.

Ingredients for apple chips.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Granny Smith apples

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a cooling rack. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon until combined. Set aside.

Using mandolin to cut apple slices.

Using either a knife or a mandolin, cut the apples into thin slices that are almost see-through. Thinner slices will give you crispier apple chips. I don’t recommend peeling or coring your apples during this prep.

Apple slices on cooling rack.

Lay the apple slices on the cooling rack and try not to overlap them. If you don’t have a cooling rack using a pan will do as long as you spray it real good, but the apple crisps will come out much less curlier without the ability of the air to get underneath them.  They will still taste good though!

Cinnamon sprinkled apple slices on cooling rack.

 Sprinkle the tops of the apples with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Ensure you flip the apples and sprinkle the backs too.

Flipping apple chips halfway through baking.

Bake for two hours, flipping the apples halfway through. When the apples are done baking, they will continue to crisp up while cooling. Cooling them in the off oven will make them crisp up quicker.

Bowl and stack of baked apple chips.

After cooling, store in an airtight bag or container at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any crisp apple variety in this recipe, besides Granny Smith. This includes Pink Lady, McIntosh, and Honeycrisp.
  • You can also make air fryer apple chips, but due to the limited space in air fryers, you’ll only be able to do about one medium-sized apple at a time. If you choose to use an air fryer, set it at 300 degrees for 16 minutes and still turn them as you do in this recipe.
  • You can use a sheet but you will lose the shape a bit.  See additional directions in the FAQ.
  • If you want to add some extra spice, you can also opt to sprinkle your apple chips with nutmeg, ginger, or cardamon.

Close up of baked cinnamon apple crisp.

Recipe FAQs

How long do homemade apple chips last?

In an airtight container, these homemade apple chips will last up to one week at room temperature.

What can I serve with my cinnamon apple crisps?

While you can easily eat them as a stack right out of the container, you can also serve your chopped apple crisps on top of oatmeal, over yogurt and granola, dipped in peanut butter, as a crunch salad topping, or with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Sweet or savory, there are many ways to enjoy these apple chips!

What do I use if I don’t have a cooling rack?

I tested this out for those of you who don’t have cooling racks and the crisps are still delicious if you use a regular sheet pan.  Just make sure you coat it with vegetable oil so they don’t stick and I would also make the apple slices slightly thicker as well (but not much) as the thin ones still wanted to stick and were harder to flip.  If you don’t have a cooling rack, they won’t be quite as crispy if the air can’t get underneath them. And just like in the recipe, make sure you flip them half way.  

Can I just use my dehydrator?  

Yes you absolutely can!  They won’t be as crispy and you will have thicker slices but dehydrating apples with this cinnamon and sugar mix is so good as well. 

Bowl of cinnamon apple crisps

Cinnamon Apple Crisps

It's so easy to make these oven-baked cinnamon apple crisps - the perfect healthy snack to munch on this fall.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple
Servings: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 medium-sized granny smith apples

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a cooling rack.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon until combined. Set aside.
    2 tbsp granulated sugar, 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Using either a knife or a mandolin, cut the apples into thin slices that are almost see-through. Thinner slices will give you crispier apple chips.
    3 medium-sized granny smith apples
  • Lay the apple slices on the cooling rack, trying not to overlap them. Sprinkle the tops of the apples with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Flip the apples and sprinkle the backs as well.
  • Bake for 2 hours, flipping the apples halfway through. When the apples are done baking, they will continue to crisp up while cooling. Leave them to cool in the off oven.
  • After cooling, store in an airtight bag or container at room temperature.

Notes

  • You can use any crisp apple variety in this recipe, besides Granny Smith. This includes Pink Lady, McIntosh, and Honeycrisp. If you use a sweeter apple than Granny Smith you can cut back or eliminate the sugar.
  • You can also make air fryer apple chips, but due to the limited space in air fryers, you'll only be able to do about one medium-sized apple at a time. If you choose to use an air fryer, set it at 300 degrees for 16 minutes and still turn them as you do in this recipe.
  • You can use a sheet but you will lose the shape a bit.  See additional directions in the FAQ.
  • If you want to add some extra spice, you can also opt to sprinkle your apple chips with nutmeg, ginger, or cardamon.
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23 Comments

  1. I baked these today using no spices … just the Granny Smith apple slices and they were delicious. I turned the oven off after two hours and left them in the oven for the remainder of the day. Great snack! I plan to bake more tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 3 stars
    Not sure what happened but mine didn’t get crispy. I followed the directions exactly, but they are still chewy. They’re tasty, for sure, and toddler approved! But not crunchy.

  3. 5 stars
    oh these look good! I like that you can use other apple varieties as I have some honeycrisps on hand, Also cool that it can be done in the air fryer if you want to try it that way. This is a two person household until the grandkids come for overnight every other weekend. I can see a little helper could be a good thing but leave the mandolin slicing to Grams, first!

  4. 5 stars
    Apples are one of my favorite fall fruits!! I love them any way that you can cook, bake, sauce or butter!!! My Grandparents lived in Murphy, NC after they retired from the cotton mills of Gastonia. The old farm had heirloom apples that I don’t see today but my favorites were Granny Smith and what he called June Apples that ripened early.. Nothing went to waste so my Grandmother and Mom, canned, jellied and made apple butter and sauce!! Those memories last forever!!!

  5. Yes, in response to UmMa, your apple dapple cake is absolutely wonderful. Everyone loves it when I bring to our covered dish suppers.

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