Cinnamon Apples

Fall is here! And that means the start of great fall food.

These are apples that are cooking.
Down with Red Delicious!


To kick the season off, I wanted to share an easy fall favorite – cinnamon spiced apples (and an alternative BBQ chili-spiced apples for the more adventurous).


After coming back from a long weekend camping up in the Kettle Moraine state forest, we stopped by a small orchard and picked up a big bushel of apples. Right away my head started spinning with possibilities of what to make. With a busy week ahead of me, I settled on something simple – cinnamon spiced apples from my childhood. The aroma alone sends me back on trip through time.


The spiced apples are great as a topping on ice cream or coffee cake (which is what I did). They make a nice addition to morning oatmeal. Or they can be enjoyed on their own as a simple and sweet dessert.


As for the chili-spiced apples, they’d be great as a side dish paired with some bbq pork or chicken.


When it comes to choosing the apples, I’d opt for something like a honeycrisp or granny smith. I went with small semi-tart paula reds, but they break down too quickly when cooking. Which is fine, but you end up with more of a spiced apple sauce than spiced apples.


paula red apples waiting to be cooked Sliced and peeled apples Cinnamon Apples Cooking in skillet

Time You’ll Need:

  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook: ~10 minutes
  • Serves: About 4 people

What You’ll Need:

For cinnamon spiced:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 8-10 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp honey

For BBQ chili-spiced:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 8-10 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • ½ cup of your favorite classic BBQ sauce
  • ½ tsp chili powder

What You’ll Do (for both versions):

  • Melt butter over medium high heat in a skillet.
  • Add the apples and all the seasonings.
  • Cover and stir occasionally.
  • Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until apples are soft.

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