I love crisp apples for making this sweet and tangy chicken salad and easy apples sandwiches, but man . . . mushy apples . . . just blech. When I was in elementary school, I actually thought I hated apples because my dad bought Red Delicious, which tend to be beautiful but mealy on the inside.
Turns out I am not alone in my dislike for that particular variety . . . the Atlantic literally wrote an entire article about it’s “Awful Reign” in grocery stores of times past. Fortunately, these days we have lots of delightfully crisp and flavorful varieties to choose from, and so many delicious ways to eat them.
Of course, any apple that’s been sitting out long enough will become mushy, so when I have extras that are not being eaten fast enough I use them to make this crispy, cinnamony baked apple chips recipe.
Drying apples in the oven concentrates their sweetness while the cinnamon brings warmth and extra flavor.
They’re a delicious, healthy snack option that kids (and adults!) love, and you don’t need a dehydrator or any special equipment to make them.
2 Quick Tips
Although you can totally slice your apples with a sharp knife, this super simple mandoline slicer makes the process quick and easy while also creating even slices.
Also, if you have a mesh strainer, you can use it to “sift” the cinnamon onto the apples evenly. Just place the cinnamon in the basin of the strainer – I use the smallest one I have – and then position it over the apple slices. Tap it gently to create an even coating of cinnamon on the chips.
Easy Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe
- Mandoline slicer (optional)
- Mesh strainer (optional)
- 3 apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and Pink Lady are all good options)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 200F.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. I use one large baking sheet and one medium one because it fits in my oven and allows me to bake all my slices in one session.
- Remove the center of the apples using an apple corer or sharp knife.
- Slice the apples into rings that are between 1/8 and 1/16 inch thick. I love using this super simple mandoline slicer to make the process quick and easy while also getting even slices, but you can use a sharp knife to cut them, too.
- Place the apple slices in a single layer on your lined baking sheets.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon over the apples. Tip: If you have a mesh strainer, place the cinnamon in the basin and then position it over the apple slices. Tap it gently to create an even coating of cinnamon on the chips. I use the smallest strainer I have because it's the easiest to work with.
- Place the apple slices in the oven and bake for 1 hour, then flip and set the timer for 1 more hour. When the time is up, remove one slice and let it cool for 5 minutes before testing for crispiness. Chances are it will still be pretty soft, but it's good to check early so that they don't burn. If they're still soft, continue baking for 30 more minutes and then check again.
- If you're happy with the level of crispiness after baking 30 more minutes, turn off the oven and leave the apple chips inside to continue to continue to crisp up for the next hour or so. Dried fruit can absorb moisture from the air so you want them to be a little drier than your preferred "target crispiness level" when you take them out.
- If you're not happy with the level of crispiness after baking those additional 30 minutes, continue baking while checking on them every 15 minutes or so.
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t like cinnamon. Are there any other options?
You can totally make these chips au naturale (without cinnamon) if you’d like!
Can I make this recipe with Granny Smith apples?
Yes, but I suggest sprinkling them with 1 – 1.5 teaspoons unrefined sugar before drying them.
How long will these stay crispy?
They will be crispiest when they’ve just been taken out of the oven. Over time they will soften and become more chewy, even when stored in an airtight container. We like them both ways!
How long will these last?
In an airtight container they should last about a week. Mine almost never do because my kids eat them all, but they will.
More Apple Recipes
Easy Apple Crisp – Made with a scrumptious crisp topping layered over a filling similar to apple pie, this gluten-free crisp is one of my family’s favorite cool weather desserts.
Slow Cooker Apples With Salted Caramel – These slow cooker apples can be quickly put together before bed, then the whole kitchen is filled a delicious aroma in the morning. There’s a dairy-free option in the recipe if you need it!
Hot Apple Cider – This spiced cider is super easy to make and can also serve as the base for buttered rum.