Here’s a super cozy dessert that’ll make your house smell wonderful…Best Cider Apples are stuffed with a delicious, crispy oatmeal topping. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
There is nothing, and I mean nothing as good as the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven or bubbling away on the stove. This recipe is the ultimate comfort food!
Here are a few reasons to try this recipe:
- The apple itself stays mostly intact, but gets softer from the apple cider in the baking dish. Then there’s that brown sugary, oat-y, cinnamon-y buttery stuffing to talk about. OMG.
- This is a nice, simple dessert that’s not fussy in the least. And if it’s chilly outside, it tastes even better.
- This recipe is kind of like apple pie, without the crust. I would like to mention that leftovers are exceptional for breakfast the next day 🙂
If you love fruit desserts, be sure and bookmark this really delish Apple Cake or these amazing Mini Caramel Apple Pies, Mini Strawberry Pies, or Mini Blueberry Pies. This Blackberry Galette is another standout, so let me know what you think!
Ingredients You’ll Need
For the full recipe and list of ingredients, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
- Apples: A firm variety that holds its shape when baking is what we need. I used Opal apples, which are a cross between two varieties, Golden Delicious and Topaz
- Lemon Juice: To keep the cut sides of the apples from browning
- Butter: The luscious flavor of butter is the star ingredient in the oatmeal crumble topping
- Brown Sugar: Dark brown because I love the extra deep flavor
- Oatmeal: For texture and chewiness
- Cinnamon: A teaspoon of ground cinnamon is practically mandatory with apples 🙂
- Apple Cider: A little of this in the baking dish, which the apples will partially absorb, making the dessert extra delicious!
For the full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
- Wash and dry the apples, core them, and remove 1/2 inch of the flesh to make room for the oatmeal crumble topping
- Rub some lemon over the cut portions of the apple to prevent browning
- Mix the cold butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, salt and cinnamon together in a medium bowl to make the crumble topping
- Scoop the oat mixture on top of the apples and pat it into the apple cavity
- Place the apples in the baking dish with apple cider or apple juice, plus and a little brandy if you’d like. Bake until fork tender
- Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
Tips For Prepping the Apples
- It’s nice to have melon baller and/or apple corer around when you need one. Remove the top of the apple plus 1/2 inch of the flesh inside
- If you don’t have either tool, don’t worry! Just cut 1/2″ of the top of the apple off with a paring knife, then scoop out the flesh with a spoon. We only need to make space for the oatmeal crisp topping with this step
Tips For Success With This Recipe
- Use a firm apple that holds it shape when baked for this recipe. I used Opal’s, which are a cross between a Golden Delicious and Topaz varieties and are in many well-stocked grocery stores. You can also use Jonagold, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady varieties too.
- Any leftover crumb topping can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- If you don’t have an melon baller or apple corer (kitchen tools), just use a spoon to scoop out enough flesh of the apple to replace it with the crumble topping
- This recipe calls for apple cider, but apple juice will work fine too. Add a splash of brandy for a bit more depth. The alcohol will evaporate, and it will leave behind a delicious, deep flavor.
- These baked cider apples are outstanding with just a simple dollop of whipped cream
- That said, vanilla ice cream is equally amazing
- Spoon a little of the warm cider from the bottom of the baking dish on top of the apples before you serve them
- Serve this homey dessert with a cozy dinner of Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage, or these amazing turkey burgers (with or without the cranberry) or Taco Pie with Crescent Rolls, or just some simple Citrus Chicken Thighs and a crunchy Celery Parmesan Salad. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
Firm apples are best. Use Opal, Jonagold, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady. Any of these will hold their shape well with baking. Granny Smiths will work too, if you like your apples on the tart side.
You can use apple juice instead. You can also use a little water, but the apples do absorb some of the liquid, so using apple juice or cider just tastes better
Just put them in an airtight container where they’ll be good for a day or two
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Best Cider Apples
- 4 Apples, organic if possible
- 1 Lemon, fresh, cut in half
- 1 stick Butter, unsalted, cut in small cubes
- 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
- 2/3 cup Flour, all purpose
- 1/3 cup Oatmeal, not instant
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider or apple juice
- 1 ounce Brandy optional
- FOR THE APPLES
- Wash and dry and core the apples with an apple corer, spoon or melon baller. Scoop 1/2 inch of the apple out to make room for the topping.
- Rub the apple with the cut side of a fresh lemon where you scooped out the flesh to prevent browning.
- FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING
- In a food processor fitted with a blade, or medium bowl using a pastry cutter, add the cold butter, brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, sea salt and cinnamon.
- Pulse all ingredients until crumbly. You should have about 2 1/2 cups, and any unused crumb topping can be frozen for another use.
- TO FINISH AND BAKE
- Scoop a heaping tablespoon into each apple. About 1/4 cup of filling goes into each apple, lightly pat it down.
- Place the stuffed apples in an oven proof dish, and add the apple cider to the bottom, with or without the brandy.
- Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until you can easily poke the end of sharp knife into the side the apple to test for softness.
- Serve warm with a spoonful of the cider from the baking pan drizzled on top, and whipped cream or ice cream if you'd like.
- I used Opal apples in this recipe, which are a cross between a Golden Delicious and Topaz varieties. Try Jonagold or Honeycrisp varieties too.
- Any leftover crumb topping can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- If you don’t have an melon baller or apple corer kitchen tools, just use a spoon.
- Super important to read the whole recipe before you begin
- Pay attention to the ingredient list and photos for the recipe
- If possible, prep your ingredients a little before you start
- Always use a sharp knife for safety
- Use the size of pan called for in the recipe
- For savory recipes, taste and season as you go
- Buy fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible