These stuffed baked apples scream fall dessert, as they’re loaded with the most flavorful and cinnamon-spiced oats and brown sugar filling.
Why make this stuffed baked apple recipe? Well, there are quite a few reasons. Firstly, apples are currently in season so their flavor is at its peak. Secondly, with a crispness to the air, who doesn’t want their house to smell like apples and cinnamon at the first sign of fall?
This recipe is so simple to make and produces enough to keep a whole family happy. Every tender apple half is stuffed with the most perfectly sweet, spiced, and flavorful filling imaginable. It’s a delectable combination of vanilla extract, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, allspice, flour, and butter. It’s like an apple crisp filling inside an apple — what more could you want?
Serve your stuffed baked apples with caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate fall dessert. No one can say no to a bowl of cozy comfort food like a stuffed baked apple.
Now, I’ve mentioned how easy this recipe is. But another one of my favorite things is that leftovers reheat well or make a great addition to a hot bowl of oatmeal at breakfast. I bet you’re ready to get baking now!
- Brown sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Hot water
- 4-5 apples
How to Make Stuffed Baked Apples
How to Make the Stuffing
Melt butter in a medium-sized bowl and then add all of the dry ingredients: brown sugar, vanilla, flour, oats, allspice, and cinnamon.
Stir stuffing until well combined.
Slice each apple in half and remove the stems.
Using a spoon, scoop out the core of each apple.
Pour 1/2 cup of hot water into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and place the apples inside, with the cut side up.
Sprinkle about a teaspoon of cinnamon over the tops.
Then, stuff each apple with the filling mixture.
Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 35 minutes.
Can you smell those lovely flavors? YUM!
Serve on their own or top with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Store leftover baked apples in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheat in the microwave. I don’t recommend freezing leftovers.
- Use dairy-free butter to make vegan baked apples.
- You can also adapt the spices to suit you. Substitute the ground cinnamon and allspice for apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice instead. Alternatively, swap the allspice for ground nutmeg.
- If you like, add a 1/4 cup of chopped nuts or dried fruit. This might be chopped pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts; raisins, cherries, or cranberries.
What are the best apples to use for stuffed baked apples?
The best baking apples include Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold.
How do you serve baked apples?
Besides ice cream, you can serve baked apples with whipped cream (here’s my homemade recipe).
You may also like these appetizing apple recipes:
- 1 stick salted or unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup light or dark brown sugar
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ tsp allspice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4-5 baking apples
- ¾ cup hot water
- 1 tsp cinnamon for sprinkling over apples before filling
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, melt the butter. Add in brown sugar, flour, oats, allspice, cinnamon, and vanilla.1 stick salted or unsalted butter, melted, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ cup light or dark brown sugar, ½ cup all-purpose flour, ¾ cup old-fashioned oats, ½ tsp allspice, 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Stir until well combined.
- Slice each apple in half and remove the stems. Using a spoon, scoop out the core of each apple.4-5 baking apples
- Pour the hot water into the bottom of your 9x13 baking dish and place the apples inside, with the cut side up. Sprinkle with the extra cinnamon. Then stuff each apple with the filling mixture until all apples are stuffed.¾ cup hot water, 1 tsp cinnamon for sprinkling over apples before filling
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 35 minutes.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, or on their own.
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