“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”
— Bernard M. Baruch
Cinnamon Sugar Apples feels like Fall and Winter to me.
I love this time of year in Southern California.
I know how spoiled we are to be dipping into the cooler temperatures of the mid 60’s- mid 70’s.
It is a beautiful thing!
I don’t know what to do with snow.
I’d be a total wreck if we moved to an area that gets snow.
It is my mortal enemy.
The Handsome Prince would like to so I believe someday I’ll have to put my big girl pants on and learn how to drive in the snow.
Until then, I appreciate being able to surf on Christmas day at a comfortable 75 degrees out.
I salute you! You who scrape the ice off your windshields, shovel driveways before work, carefully salt for safety, plan carefully for lengthy power outages, weather storms, cold temperatures… I am impressed! I’m a totally weather ninny.
So, it had gotten a bit cooler and I had gotten a great deals on some beautiful apples.
We had been eating apples for days.
I noticed that the last 12 were not moving.
I think I have appled out my family BUT I wasn’t about to waste the fruit when there are many ways to make something perfectly good into something different and maybe even better!
I was thinking maybe a pie or make some apple sauce with the apples.
I dug through my freezers… I HAVE NO PIE CRUSTS LEFT?!?!?
I make several big batches of pie crusts and then freeze them so I have a homemade crust that is ready for me to use. I also freeze several rolled out sheets of dough between parchment paper in a Ziploc, just in case my pie needs a lid for it.
Doing this takes half the work of making a pie out of it so I never mind tossing together a little something wonderfully sweet at the last minute.
The pie was NOT to be.
I needed to come up with something to make the kids for an after school snack but wasn’t feeling inspired.
Then I remembered the apples! With a little change these would be wonderful!
Cinnamon Sugar Apples are a favorite now.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
When I make these for dinner as a side dish I PEEL the apples.
When I make them as a snack, I leave the skin on.
I’m just weird like that. The skin has such great nutrients!
The Handsome Prince prefers peeled apples, the kids and I like the skin.
Core the apple.
You may cut them into slices if you don’t have an apple corer.
FYI- I think everyone should own an apple corer… they don’t have to be expensive to work well!
Slice the apples.
You don’t want them too thin but also not thick chunks either.
I generously buttered my pan.
Spread the apple slices in the buttered pan.
Shake cinnamon over the pan to taste.
Some people LOVE cinnamon and others do not, so sprinkle what you believe to be your desired amount on top of the apples.
Now sprinkle the apples with sugar.
This is a personal choice as well. I like to sprinkle as much sugar as I did cinnamon.
Then Sprinkle the pan with Brown Sugar.
They already look so good!
If you want a bit of extra Cinnamon Sugar Apple gooey sauce in the bottom of the pan to put on ice cream, you can add
2 Tablespoons of butter chopped up in chunks and spread along the apples.
Stick the pan in the oven and bake at 400 Degrees…
I like the apples to have a little crisp to them so I like mine baked for 35 minutes.
If you would like them melt in your mouth, must eat with a fork- I would suggest peeling your apples and baking them for 1 hour.
Eat Cinnamon Sugar Apples as a snack, as a side dish, as a topping for ice cream or dessert!
If you happen to be a big caramel fan…
bake the apples for 35 minutes and drizzle them with caramel sauce before serving.
Dip them in chocolate too!
If you cooked them an hour, you will LOVE them paired with almost any dish from breakfast to dinner!
Cinnamon Sugar Apples are easy to prepare and make your home smell AMAZING!
People really think you spent your whole day cooking because the house smells delightfully as homemade apple pie!
Excellent as a holiday side dish too!
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Don’t waste fruit because the family is tired of seeing it in it’s original wrapper.
Spice it up, change it and they will LOVE it!
Cinnamon Sugar Apples is a hit with all ages.
Adding the syrup to my ice cream,