Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Looking for a quick & easy side dish? Look no further! These stovetop cinnamon apples are a breeze to make and are ready to go in just 30 minutes! The best part? They can be served with just about anything!

Apple desserts and treats are a family favorite – whether it’s apple crisp, applesauce or even apple pie, we love it all! One of our favorite or more simple apple recipes are these cinnamon apples that are great as a dessert OR side.

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples in bowl

Made in 30 Minutes

We’re big apple eaters in our household. Our toddler loves homemade applesauce, apple slices dipped in peanut butter and apple oatmeal.

I never really thought about making these tender little apple chunks until my husband mentioned serving them along with a pork tenderloin. Since then we’ve had them with just about everything- we’re obsessed! Plus I love using the leftovers in oatmeal the next morning or in breakfast parfaits. Sooo good!

Not only do these cinnamon apples add so much to any meal, but they are simple and are made in 30 minutes. We also love them as a great after school snack. Plus, with apple trees, you better believe we will be making this ALL THE TIME!

BEST APPLES: Any work, but our favorites for cooking and making applesauce type recipes with include these sweet apples

  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • Pink Lady
  • Jonagold
  • Winesap
  • McInstosh
  • Gala
  • Fuji

For this particular recipe we went with Galas, but most apples work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gala apples for apple cinnamons recipe

How to Make Cinnamon Apples

I think you’ll be surprised as to how easy these are to make!

Just place a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the peeled and chopped apples (you want to use sweeter ones, however, you can use a few different varieties) and cook for 5-8 minutes or until tender. NOTE: I prefer mine extra tender so sometimes I’ll cook them for a good 10 minutes or so.

When the apples are nice and soft, add in the orange juice (I prefer using freshly squeezed), brown sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice (you can use a pinch of nutmeg and ginger instead), salt, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Then in a small prep bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and ¼ c. of cold water. Pour into the apples and whisk to combine. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil. Simmer until the mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes.

Again, I sometimes do a little longer just so the juices are nice and thick.

Cinnamon Apples in pan

Storing + Tips

In the small chance you have leftovers, we recommend letting the apples cool and STORING in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Now, that you have your apples – what do you do with them?

  • Eat them alone as a snack or treat – they’re great and so flavorful!
  • Serve as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla or caramel ice cream and whipped cream.
  • They make a great side along with any pork loin or chop.
  • Serve as a side or treat to any holiday gathering – everyone loves them!

No matter how you have them – you are sure to LOVE them.

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Serve them up while they’re warm and watch them get devoured in seconds! Use the leftovers for breakfast or turn them into dessert! No matter how you eat them I guarantee everyone will love them!

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Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples Recipe

Looking for a quick & easy side dish? Look no further! These stovetop cinnamon apples are a breeze to make and are ready to go in just 30 minutes!
4.93 from 13 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 mins
Cook Time: 22 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 157kcal
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 large sweet apples - (Gala or Fuji), peeled and chopped or sliced into 1/4" thick pieces
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Instructions

  • Set a large skillet over medium heat, add butter. When the butter has melted, add the apples and cook for 5-8 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the orange juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice, salt, and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • In a small prep bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 c. of cold water. Pour into the apples and whisk to combine. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil. Simmer until the mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the and serve immediately.

Notes

-These apples are perfect for breakfast or dessert too! You can mix them into oatmeal, top pancakes or waffles with them, make a yogurt parfait or eat with ice cream!

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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Comments:

  1. Made these apples last night to go along with ham. My little boys devoured them! So so so good and they requested for me to make the apples again tonight!

  2. Holy cow these were awesome! We ate them with buckwheat pancakes for dinner and I think they’ll make an excellent quick pie filling.ย 

    1. If you used flour you would have to cook it in the butter first, then add the apple juice and water to thin it out before adding any of the remaining ingredients. Does that make sense? I would also add 3 tablespoons instead of the 2 tablespoons as written in the recipe.

    1. I have not tried, but I probably wouldn’t freeze apples. That’s just me, though. Not sure how it would freeze.

  3. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe, my food snob family loves it! Interestingly enough, it’s not that easy to find such a recipe. Some others require too much butter, others don’t have enough liquid. The tang of the OJ here is wonderful. I didn’t have apple pie spice but added some nutmeg and cloves in its place since that’s what is in apple pie spice. Adding this recipe to our family cookbook. Thank you, Natalie! I’ll check out your other recipes.

    1. You are so welcome! I am so happy you liked it! I appreciate you saying this! Thank you!