Baked Apples

Baked apples are a homey dessert, perfect for when the weather turns cold. Serve these warm treats with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 apples, cored
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1⁄3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1⁄4 cup raisins
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2⁄3 cup apple cider


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lay the walnuts out in an even layer on an ungreased baking sheet pan; bake for 10 minutes. Set aside, leaving the oven at 350°F.
  • Place the apples upright and close together in a baking dish.
  • Put one cinnamon stick in the center of each apple where the core used to be.
  • In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, walnuts, orange zest, and raisins. Divide this mixture among the 4 apples, adding it to the centers with the cinnamon sticks. Drizzle the melted butter over the filling.
  • Pour cider into the baking dish around the bottom of the apples. Cover with foil and bake the apples for 30 minutes. Uncover and baste the apples with the liquid at the bottom of the dish. Return the apples, uncovered, to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove baked apples from the oven; serve warm with the basting liquid drizzled over them.