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Cinnamon Streusel Baked Apples are tender baked apples filled with a cinnamon oatmeal cookie mix streusel. This delectable apple dessert is always a hit with it’s savory and sweet warm flavor, fragrant smell, and delicious soft apple texture.
Cinnamon Streusel Baked Apples – Perfect Dessert For Fall
Welcome apple season with this delicious & easy recipe for baked apples with an oatmeal cookie mix cinnamon streusel topping. This favorite fall dessert is the perfect way to use up that abundance of apples around this time of year.
The best part of this cozy dessert is the soft-baked center of each apple topped with a delicious cinnamon streusel topping with hearty oats. Thanks to the sweet + tart apple, this dessert has the right amount of sweetness in each bite. Take it to the next level and be sure to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top of the warm baked apple.
Bonus! Your house will smell divine just like your favorite Fall candle scent!
Simple Ingredients For This Baked Apple Recipe
- Whole Apples : It’s best to use a sweet + tart apple like Pink Lady apples or Fuji apples. You will cut the apple in half which will yield 8 streusel stuffed apples. Other great apple options are honeycrisp apples, granny Smith apples, or larger sized gala apples.
- Oatmeal Cookie Mix : This is a package of cookie mix that only contains the dry ingredients. No need to prepare it, simply use the dry ingredients inside the pouch.
- Whole Old-Fashioned Oats
- Chopped Walnuts : These can easily be omitted if wanted. I love the crunchy, slightly salty, flavor and texture they add so I definitely recommend adding them if your diet allows.
- Ground Cinnamon : Warm spice that makes the baked apples taste like an apple pie.
- Salted Butter
- Water : This helps the apples from getting too dry. You could also sub this with apple juice or apple cider for a Fall inspired twist to the recipe.
- Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel Sauce : Optional toppings and serving ideas for the warm baked apples.
How To Make Easy Baked Apples (Full Recipe Card Below)
- Prep : Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a large baking pan making sure that whatever pan you use, it will fit all 8 apple halves. A 9×13 baking pan or 10×15 baking pan should work fine.
- Prepare Apples : Cut each apple in half and remove the seeds and core using a melon baller or apple corer. You want to remove the inside seed and membrane stuff so there is ample room to fit lots of the streusel. Place the apple halves inside the prepared pan, with the cut side facing up.
- Oatmeal Mixture : In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oatmeal cookie mix, whole oats, walnuts, and cinnamon until combined. Cut in the softened butter, using your clean hands or a pastry cutter, until the mixture is combined and crumbly. You can also use an electric hand mixer to make it a bit easer to combine it all together.
- Stuffed Baked Apple : Stuff each apple full with some of the streusel mixture. The streusel should cover the entire top of the apple half.
- Baking Dish Prep : Pour the water into the bottom of the pan, avoiding the streusel on the apples, and then cover the pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake : Bake for 30 minutes, remove the foil, and continue baking for 30-35 minutes or until the apples are easily pierced with a fork, but not mushy, and the streusel is golden brown.
- Serve : Remove from the oven and serve the apples warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
What Kind Of Apples Are Best To Use?
It’s important to pick the right apples for this baked apple recipe. When choosing apples, look for larger varieties such as Pink Lady apples, Granny Smith Apples, Honeycrisp Apples, or Fuji Apples. These larger apples will hold their shape much better while baking and they are larger in size which helps them hold up better to the hot oven and the bake time.
I also recommend opting for apples with a balanced combination of sweetness and tartness to compliment the sweet oatmeal cookie cinnamon streusel. Additionally, ensure that the apples are firm and free from bruises or blemishes for the best results in both texture and flavor of the apples.
Pink Lady or Fuji apples are the best ones to use for this delicious apple dessert. They are sweet, but also tart, and they are firmer and larger in size, which make them perfect for this easy dessert.
How To Store Streusel Topped Baked Apples
Allow the apples to cool to room temperate. Once cooled, place the baked apples in an airtight container. Depending on the container’s size, you can store them individually in a single layer or stack them. Refrigerate the container with the baked apples for 3-4 days.
Reheat the leftover apples in the microwave or inside the oven at a low temperature until they’re heated through.
Serving Suggestions For Oven Baked Apples with Cinnamon Streusel
The best way to serve baked apples are warm, straight from the oven, with a scoop of ice cream (vanilla, vanilla bean, or French vanilla) on top and a drizzle of caramel sauce over top.
For a lighter dessert you could serve the baked apples topped with some nonfat whipped cream, healthier vanilla ice creams like frozen yogurt, carb smart ice cream, no sugar added Rebel brand ice cream, or try a dollop of plain yogurt or greek yogurt.
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Cinnamon Streusel Baked Apples
- 4 large pink lady apples (Honeycrisp or Fuji work well too)
- 1 bag (17.5 oz) oatmeal cookie mix
- 1 cup whole old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter softened
- 1½ cups water
- vanilla bean ice cream
- caramel sauce or syrup
- Prep : Preheat the oven to 375℉. Find a baking pan (like a cake pan with sides on it) that will fit all the halves of apple inside of it. There will be 8 halves/pieces of apple, a 9×13-inch or 10×15-inch pan will usually work well. Set the pan aside.
- Prep Apples : Cut each apple in half, from the top of the core down, and remove the seeds and core from each half. Use a melon baller or apple corer to also remove some of the inside of each apple, so there is more room for the streusel to go. Place the apple halves, cut side up, into the baking pan.4 large pink lady apples
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oatmeal cookie mix, oats, walnuts, and cinnamon until combined.1 bag (17.5 oz) oatmeal cookie mix, 1 cup whole old-fashioned oats, 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Add the softened butter and use your clean hands, a pastry cutter, or a hand mixer to combine until the mixture is crumbly. * This will take several minutes so I think it's easiest to use an electric hand mixer or a pastry cutter.1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
- Stuff each apple with a generous amount of the streusel topping. The streusel should cover the entire top of the apple half.
- Pour the water into the pan, avoiding the streusel topped apples, and then cover the pan with aluminum foil.1½ cups water
- Bake for 30 minutes, remove the foil, and continue baking for 30-35 minutes or until the apples are soft when pierced with a fork or toothpick and the streusel topping is golden brown.
- Remove the pan from the oven and serve the apples while warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce or syrup drizzled over top (optional).vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce or syrup