These baked apples are stuffed with a decadent sweet brown sugar, oats, and nut filling and then baked to tender perfection and topped with ice cream and caramel sauce! These baked apples are a perfect way to use up leftover apples and are tasty enough to justify buying apples just to use them to make this recipe!
Make your very own Easy Salted Caramel Sauce to go with this recipe. Or maybe try your hand at making a Classic Apple Pie instead?
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Something a bit more simple, yet equally delicious, is to use the apples themselves as the container for all of the other ingredients and make some tasty baked apples!
With a healthy pouring of salted caramel sauce and lots of sugar and oats, this is basically a mini apple crumble with the texture of soft, gently cooked apples.
Baked Apples Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Rolled oats
• Walnuts or pecans
• Light brown sugar
• Ground cinnamon
• Salted caramel sauce
How To Make Baked Apples
• Remove the core, seeds, and all tough parts from the apple, leaving a nice hollow you can fill in
• Place the apples into an 8×8 pan
• Combine the rolled oats, nuts, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well to combine
• Spoon ¼ of the mixture into each of the apples
• Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, until apples are tender when pierced with a fork
• The exact time will vary depending on the apple type
• Remove from the oven and allow to cool while preparing the caramel sauce
• Once prepared, drizzle over the cooled apples and plate each apple
• Top with vanilla ice cream and more caramel sauce
What Kind Of Apples Should You Use For This Recipe?
While most people might be more familiar with just the regular kind of eating apples that people pick up in the supermarket for eating with lunch, there are actually all kinds of different apples out there to enjoy.
If you want to enjoy these baked apples, you sadly cannot just use regular eating apples, especially the particularly sweet kinds, because these will actually cause some pretty significant problems when they bake.
The extra sugar content and the texture of the sweeter apples will almost disintegrate when they bake, making a huge mess and leaking out all of the ingredients.
Instead, you should try to choose one of the more tart varieties typically used for cooking. Something like a granny smith would be perfect – you wouldn’t want to bite into it as a regular eating apple, but they will hold up a lot better to cooking, as well as helping to provide a bit more of an acidic contrast for all of the sweet ingredients in the apples.
How To Prevent The Top From Browning Too Quickly
Making baked apples isn’t just about ensuring that you pick the right apples and manage to get all of your ingredients inside the apple. You also need to be carefully monitoring the cooking of the apples to make sure that they don’t cook too quickly.
You want the interior to get warm and the sugar and butter to melt together and coat the inside, but you also want the exterior not to get too hot or even start to burn.
Having a good, low oven definitely helps with this, but one of the best things you can do is to coat your baked apples with a little tent of foil if you need to.
The foil will not only protect the outside of the apples and help stop them from burning, but it will also help keep moisture inside the foil tent, ensuring the interior filling of the apples stays nice and moist and cooks just a little bit faster.
You can also simply cover the baked apples with foil as soon as they come out of the oven if you want the interiors to cook a little bit longer. Just giving them a bit more time in the hot steam within the foil can help ensure the insides are properly hot without overcooking the outside.
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- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 30 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 4 large apples red or Granny Smith, depending on how tart you want them
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoons butter room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- one batch Salted Caramel sauce
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Remove the core, seeds and all tough parts, from the apple, leaving a nice hollow that you will place the filling in.
- Place the apples in an 8×8 pan.
- Combine the rolled oats, nuts, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well to combine.
- Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into each of the apples. Pour the water into the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Time will vary depending on what type of apple you used. IF the topping browns too fast, cover with aluminum foil and keep baking until the apples are tender.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool while preparing the caramel sauce.
- Prepare the caramel sauce while the apples are cooling.
- Plate each apple, then top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, then drizzle caramel sauce on top.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.