Old-Fashioned Baked Apples

Serve these delicious apples warm after an autumn day outside. They’ll warm you right up. They can even be made in the microwave.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 large Rome or Cortland apples
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1⁄4 cup butter
  • 1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a small knife, cut a divot from the top of the apples, leaving the stem intact. This “cover” will be replaced when baking. Scoop out the seeds and core with a melon baller or small spoon. Drop 2 cloves into each apple.
  • In a small bowl, knead together the butter and brown sugar, along with the cinnamon, until it is a paste. Divide equally over the scooped apples, leaving enough space to replace the tops.
  • Place apples in a baking dish with 1⁄2 cup of water on the bottom. Bake for 1 hour. Sprinkle with cinnamon or powdered sugar before serving.