Eat Smart  |  Posted 12.23.14

Baked Apples with Sugar and Cinnamon

Baked Apples with Sugar and Cinnamon

This simple dessert has a mild taste and is easy to prepare. For more flavor, you can add 1/4 cup raisins or chopped nuts to the filling or sprinkle the apples with crumbled ginger snap cookies. If tolerated, consider adding 1/8 teaspoon of grated lemon zest to the filling to add and extra dimension of flavor.

The apples can be served warm or cold. If you have leftover, make homemade applesauce by puréeing the apples and their cooking liquid in a food processor. Applesauce makes a great snack or can be enjoyed as a topping on angel food cake or with yogurt for breakfast.

To easily core apples and cut away the flesh around the core, use a curved grapefruit knife, serrated grapefruit spoon, or melon baller.

Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes or less
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes or less


  • 4 large Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples
  • 1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Peel the skin from the top quarter of the apples. Core apples, leaving 1/2 inch of core at the bottom, using care not to puncture the bottoms and sides.
  3. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and fill the apples with the mixture. Place apples cavity side up in an 8-by-8-inch baking pan and pour boiling water around the apples.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes, occasionally basting the apples with juices from the pan. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving, basting occasionally.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 apple): Calories 160; Total Fat 0 g; Total Carbohydrate 42 g; Dietary Fiber 5 g; Sugars 35 g; Protein 1 g; Sodium 10 mg

Source: What to Eat During Cancer Treatment, American Cancer Society