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Sweet cooked apples recipe

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Cooked apples recipe

Am I the only one who is having a hard time getting back into the kitchen after a week of Thanksgiving feasting? I’ve been eating so much over the last 10 days, I am not even hungry any more. So, please forgive me for this very basic cooked apples recipe today. So simple and easy but don’t let the simplicity fool you: these cooked apples are DELICIOUS:

Cooked apples recipe, sauteed apples, apple desserts, Fall and Winter recipes

This recipe is very handy any time you have way too many apples.

Cooked apples recipe


Sweet cooked apples are great for breakfast as a topping over pancakes, waffles, or even over oatmeal. They also work great on their own, as a simple dessert, served warm with vanilla ice cream: it’s like having an apple pie without a crust.

Cooked apples recipe, sauteed apples, apple desserts, Fall and Winter recipes

Cooked apples recipe, sauteed apples, apple desserts, Fall and Winter recipes

The smell of apples cooking in brown sugar with all the spices made it impossible to resist taking little bites as I was cooking. Beware! These sweet cooked apples are super addictive!

Sweet cooked apples recipe

Total Time: 30 minutes

Sweet cooked apples recipe


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large sweet apples such as Fuji, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet, add sliced apples and cook for a couple of minutes to soften them up. Add 1/3 cup of water, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract and stir really well, while on low-medium heat, to combine with apples.
  2. Dissolve corn starch in the remaining 1/3 cup of water. Add to the apple mixture in the skillet and bring to boil. Boil for about a minute until mixture thickens to the desired thickness. Remove from heat (do not overcook apples). Ready to serve!

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  • [email protected]'s Recipes December 4, 2013, 4:32 am

    This is so so delicious, Julia. Great as a dessert or a filling for pastries or buns.

  • Krista December 4, 2013, 4:54 am

    I absolutely LOVE these apples!! My Bear loves cooked apples and I make them as often as possible. 🙂 Now I’m craving them spooned over oatmeal for breakfast. 🙂

  • Barb December 4, 2013, 8:17 am

    Yumm! What amazing photos – I swear I can smell these apples!

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com December 4, 2013, 8:44 am

    I am making crepes on Friday for my daughters bday and these would be the perfect accompaniment! These apples look lovely!

  • Deb December 4, 2013, 12:42 pm

    Oh yes, I craved a break from the kitchen after Thanksgiving. A short day trip to the ocean was so much better than spending the weekend shopping for the holidays! Simple recipes are often the best, they allow the flavors of the ingredients to shine. The Cooked Apples are an enticing example!

  • [email protected] December 4, 2013, 3:04 pm

    These apples look so delicious Julia! I would love some on top of oatmeal!

  • The Café Sucre Farine December 4, 2013, 6:21 pm

    I love simple dishes like this that have a zillion ways to use them. Apples with butter, cinnamon and sugar is a match made in heaven. I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of them happily cooking on your stovetop. 🙂

  • [email protected] Riffs December 4, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Cooked apples like this are such a great dish! They make a nice, quick dessert. Or we’ve even been known to prepare them for breakfast! They also make a great pancake topping. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen December 4, 2013, 9:19 pm

    I love apples cooked this way. It’s dessert without the guilt.

  • Kelli December 5, 2013, 5:58 am

    These look amazing! My grandma used to make me apples like this! Yum! I just bought some organic gala apples that aren’t that crisp so I think this would be a perfect way to use them up. I’m going to surprise my kids with these apples on their oatmeal this morning!

    • Julia December 7, 2013, 3:20 am

      Oh, this recipe is perfect with non-crisp apples! In these photos I’ve used some old apples I’ve had for quite some time and they were getting soft. This recipe was perfect for them!

  • Kelli December 5, 2013, 9:33 am

    I’m making the apples now and am a little confused by the water measurements. They are different from the ingredient list to the cooking instructions?

    • Julia December 7, 2013, 3:19 am

      Thanks for noticing, yes my cooking instructions were off from the ingredient list. I just corrected them. I am using a total of 2/3 cups of water in this recipe, and originally I was using 3/4 cups of water, thus the difference. Both measurements will work fine. but the recipe is corrected now, and the ingredient list and cooking instructions are now consistent.

      • Kelli December 7, 2013, 9:50 am

        Mine were a little watery at first but I added a little more cornstarch and cooked a bit longer! All was good and not an apple left in the pan! My non eating oatmeal son ate two bowls with these apples on top!! Win!!

        • Julia December 7, 2013, 5:50 pm

          So glad you liked it! 🙂

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook December 5, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I have a lot of apples to make this. Especially granny smith! My kids really love granny smith so we have a lot…but they stopped eating and now I have too many! This sounds like a great recipe to use them. <3

  • Ashley December 5, 2013, 4:10 pm

    Mmmm I totally agree – cooked apples are delicious! I’ve added some to my yogurt (cooled of course) with a little granola – so good!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen December 7, 2013, 10:18 am

    Just lovely, m’lady! We love sautéd apples over our buttermilk or pumpkin pancakes and waffles…even over oatmeal. Such a special weekend treat and a great way to use up apples. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rika December 7, 2013, 12:35 pm

    I love cooked spiced apples – they are very good on anything from toast to crepes especially for brunch!

  • LeAnn Barnhart January 25, 2014, 5:01 pm

    Can this be frozen?

    • Julia January 28, 2014, 2:59 pm

      I have not frozen this but because apple pies are often frozen, I don’t see why not. I am going to guess that these apples should freeze well.

      • melba June 1, 2015, 8:22 pm

        made the cooked apples for supper; it was a big hit

  • Kim November 15, 2014, 4:39 pm

    very good recipe, yum yum
    Do you have a recipe for Creamed Apples my grandmother used to make?

  • Susan September 20, 2015, 9:55 pm

    I made these with apples from my own tree. So delicious! Only thing I did differently was let them boil just a little longer than 1 minute.

  • Gloria.Rodriguez October 13, 2015, 4:27 pm

    Made these cooked Apple today.MMM delicious taste like Apple pie but with out the crust.Ate the Apple with a bowl of ice cream.So good and yummy.Thank you for the recipe.

  • Maureen December 16, 2015, 12:52 am

    These look fantastic, but I only have time to cook things at night mostly (2 kids keep me busy and I would love to surprise them with this snack!) Just wondering, if I can refrigerate these and reheat then in the morning?

  • Joyce Hunt January 11, 2017, 2:30 pm

    These apples are sooo yummy. I plan to have them over pancakes for breakfast. The only change I made was to swap out the brown sugar for fake sugar. Trying to lower my sugar intake while not suffering any deprivation! 🙂

    • Julia January 31, 2017, 12:52 pm

      Thank you, Joyce! I am glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Rose September 17, 2017, 1:52 pm

    These apples are Oh-So-Yummy! I love cinnamon so I added an additional 1/2 teaspoon and cooked them a bit longer. Served the apples warm over pancakes, topped with whipped cream and my family gobbled up every ooey, gooey morsel. Definitely one of our favorite harvest time recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julia November 2, 2017, 4:02 pm

      You’re very welcome! I am glad your family has enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

  • Gina Duran October 18, 2017, 11:34 pm

    Can you use these as apple pie filling?

    • Julia October 31, 2017, 6:10 pm

      It will probably work!

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