Baked apples are filled with brown sugar oatmeal filling for a simple dessert that tastes like apple crisp (without all the work).
Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall desserts. I love the combination of the tender, juicy filling and the crisp brown sugar topping.
This baked apple recipe has similar flavors (tender apple, brown sugar oatmeal crisp) to apple crisp, but it’s so much faster and easier to prep!
Making baked apples is a great way to use up apples, and the apples can be served for as a sweet treat or as a decadent breakfast.
How To Make Baked Apples
Begin by coring the apple but don’t cut all the way through the bottom. Cutting all the way through the apple will cause the filling to leak as the apple bakes.
In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, and spice.
Stir the butter into the oat mixture. Fill the hollow of the apple with the oat mixture, slightly mounding the filling in the opening.
Bake until the apples are tender and the filling is lightly browned, about 30 minutes for a medium apple. If using a large or extra-large apple, add additional baking time.
What Types Of Apples Work Well In This Recipe?
Any baking apple should work well in this recipe. If you sweeter desserts, choose a sweeter apple, such as Pink Lady or Honeycrisp. If you like a less sweet dessert, Granny Smith is a good choice.
How To Serve Baked Apples
The apples can be served as-is. They’re also good served with a scoop of vanilla (or cinnamon) ice cream or a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top.
To serve this for breakfast, the apples pair well with a creamy vanilla yogurt. When serving the apples with ice cream, I spoon the juices from the baking apples over the top.
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- 4 baking apples1
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice2
- 1/4 cup butter (at cool room temperature)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Core each apple without cutting all the way through and make a good-sized in the well center of each apple.
- In a medium bowl, stir oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon together.
- Stir in butter until combined.
- Spoon 1/4 of the oat mixture into each apple, slightly mounding the filling.
- Place apples on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake until apples are tender and filling is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.3
- Some types of baking apples that work well are Granny Smith, Jonagold, and Honeycrisp.
- Don't like apple pie spice? Use ground cinnamon instead.
- The baking time is for a medium, standard-sized apple. If using a large, or extra-large apple, it will be necessary to add additional baking time.
- Feel free to customize the filling by adding chopped nuts or raisins.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
Originally published 7/9/12. Updated with new photos and tips 8/16/19.