Classic baked apples – made in the air fryer (or oven!) Filled with butter, honey, and apple pie spice, then topped with cinnamon whipped cream. Such an easy and wonderful dessert to embrace this versatile fruit. Great for Fall apple picking or anytime!
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Easy Baked Apples Recipe
Nothing screams Fall quite like old fashioned baked apples. With only 4 ingredients and using an air fryer, this recipe could not be quicker or easier.
Whole, crisp sweet apples are sliced in half, cored, and filled with butter, honey, and apple pie spice, baked until warm and tender, then finished off with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream. They taste like apple pie, but without all the work.
It’s great for a light dessert after dinner or even a breakfast treat, and perfect to serve for guests.
Ingredients Needed for Baked Apples
- Medium apples – I used Granny Smith for this recipe, but other crisp, fairly sweet apples work great, too. (See more specific notes below on a good type of apple to use.)
- Honey – because of its high fructose content, honey is sweeter than sugar, so less is used to achieve the desired sweetness.
- Butter – salted butter gives a little balance to the sweet honey.
- Apple Pie Spice – this is such a fantastic spice to take advantage of during the Fall season. It can be found with all the other spices.
- Whipping Cream topping (optional) – whipping cream, powdered sugar, and cinnamon get whipped together for a wonderful topping. It’s optional, but I highly recommend!
What Apples Are Best for Baked Apples?
Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Fuji, and Honeycrisp are all great all-purpose apples that work well in pies and tarts where you don’t want the filling to get overly juicy. Other apples great for baking are Jonagold, Braeburn, and Pink Lady. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with any apple, so just pick your favorite!
What type of Air Fryer to use?
These baked apples were made and tested in a Phillips model Air Fryer with a basket and requires preheating. If you own a different model air fryer (such as Ninja, NuWave, Dash, etc.), I would suggest doing a test run with just a single apple and then adjust the time/temp, if necessary. Air fryers are all similar, but just like ovens, cooking times can vary. My air fryer is also small. If yours is bigger than 3 quart, you can cook more than 2 apples at a time, as long as they’re not overlapping.
Air Fryer Recipe Notes
- I like to use a melon baller to take out the seeds and core of the apples, but a paring knife works fine.
- It is okay if the apple halves are touching slightly in the air fryer basket, but make sure they sit level and not tipped, as the butter filling might leak out.
- Very large apples may take longer to cook and may only fit two halves at a time in the basket.
- Spraying the basket is not needed for this recipe.
Can I cook these Baked Apples in the oven instead?
Sure! If you don’t have an air fryer, or prefer to make these baked apples in a traditional oven, that’s no problem at all.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash and dry apples.
- Cut the apples in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and core.
- Add 1/4 cup of water (or apple juice) to a baking dish and place apples on top, cut side up.
- Divide butter among each core cavity. Evenly drizzle the honey on top and sprinkle with the apple pie spice.
- Bake apples until the flesh is tender and they’re bubbly, about 35 minutes. (Baking time can vary by the type and size of apples you are using.)
- This recipe is slightly sweet with a nice tartness from the granny smith apples. For more sweetness and caramel-like flavor, add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar to each apple half before cooking.
- Use maple syrup instead of honey for a different flavor.
- Try cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice in place of the apple pie spice.
- Instead of just butter and honey, make a streusel topping by mixing together some butter, honey, rolled oats, flour, and cinnamon. Spoon topping into the hollowed out apples. (If baking in the oven, cover if needed to prevent excessive browning.)
- Serve with my homemade caramel sauce or a vanilla ice cream, instead of the whipped cream.
- Swap out the apples for pears!
Make Ahead and Storing Baked Apples
This recipe takes all of 5 minutes to prepare and is best fresh, but you can prepare the apples well ahead of time and just refrigerate them until ready to cook. Keep in mind that the apples will brown up a bit from air exposure, but that won’t really matter once they’re cooked.
If you have any baked apples leftover, they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature or heat through before serving.
These fresh baked apples satisfy that weeknight craving for something warm and sweet, but are also great if you need to make a larger batch for a dinner party. Finished up with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, or a scoop of ice cream, they are to die for! Plus, they’re a great gluten-free and vegetarian option.
Baked Apples (Air Fryer or Oven)
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples , cut in half lengthwise, seeds and core removed
- 2 tablespoons butter , divided (salted butter is recommended, but unsalted is fine)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- pinch ground cinnamon
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- Evenly divide the butter into 4 pieces and place one piece into the hollowed out part of each apple. Evenly drizzle the honey on top and sprinkle with the apple pie spice.
- Place into the air fryer basket cut side up and air fry for 15 minutes, until the apples are fork tender but not mushy.
- While the apples are air frying, make the cinnamon whipped cream: add the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and cinnamon to a large bowl. With a hand mixer, whip until soft peaks form.
- Serve the whipped cream on top of the apples, sprinkle more ground cinnamon on top as garnish, optional.
- Eat and enjoy!