Gooey sauce, soft apples and crunchy bacon. The sweet of the apples and salty bacon just work wonders together. Serve this cinnamon apples recipe over pancakes, ice cream, pork, or just eat with a spoon. You will never regret making this recipe!
Why This Recipe Works
- It is fast! And it's easy! You'll be done in about 10 minutes and have a delicious and versatile dish.
- You can use these cinnamon apples in a variety of ways. Serve as a side, or use as a topping. I love topping ice cream or a pork loin.
- Stovetop cinnamon apples creates the most delicious aroma in your home! And it tastes even better!
- Soft apples can be enjoyed by those who can't have fresh apples. Like children or the elderly.
- Easy cinnamon apples are a great way to use up apples in August or September while they are in season.
About The Ingredients
All of the ingredients for skillet cinnamon apples can be purchased at your local grocery store. You probably have all of them in your pantry already! Here are a few items to note:
Apples: Use your favorite variety. Or use a combination. Gala apples are generally used for baking, but each apple creates a different flavor profile. Here are a few you try:
- Gala Apples - these are soft, sweet, and my go-to for cooking apples. My baked apple salad is a great example of this.
- Honey Crisp Apples - a fan favorite, sweet and crispy.
- Fuji Apples - readily available, crisp, and sweet.
- Cosmic Crisp Apples- a new variety of apple that is super crunchy and sweet.
- Pink Lady Apples - tart and sweet, and crisp.
- Granny Smith Apples- tart, crisp, and always available.
- Golden Delicious Apples - soft, sweet, but can be hard to find.
Pantry Items: corn starch, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. These will all add to the sweet and gooey sauce.
Butter: you are going to sauté the apples until soft in butter. This adds a level of richness that is completely delicious. You can sub coconut oil for the butter if you'd like.
Bacon: the salty bite of bacon in this recipe takes it to another level. You can totally omit, but why would you want to?
A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be located in the recipe card below.
How To Make Cinnamon Apples
This stovetop cinnamon apples recipe comes together so fast. Let me show you just how to make them!
- Cook your bacon to your desired doneness. Drain on a paper towel. Cut into ½ inch pieces. Set aside.
- Peel your apples. You can do this with a vegetable peeler or you can use an apple peeler. The kitchenAid attachment is my favorite. There are many manual peelers available as well.
- Dice your apples. You can do this with a knife,
- or use an alligator chopper. I love this gadget and use it almost daily. Just put your apple slices in it and press down. So easy.
- In a large skillet, melt your butter over medium heat.
- Add in your diced apples. Saute for 7-10 minutes until soft.
- Meanwhile combine water and corn starch. Whisk to combine.
- Once apples are soft, stir in this cornstarch slurry and cook for about 2 minutes until thickened.
- Add in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
- Stir in chopped bacon.
- Let cool completely and transfer to an airtight container for storage.
- Or serve slightly warm.
Sautéing apples is really forgiving. You can add more or less of the spices, and make substitutions. Here are a few ideas:
- Add in dried cranberries or citrus zest for a fresh twist.
- Switch up the spices. Cardamom would be lovely.
- Skip the cornstarch slurry. Adding in the water and cornstarch gives a little more of a sauce, which is great when serving over something like pancakes or ice cream. But if you want them as a side, you can skip this part.
How To Serve
Here are some ideas on how to serve this cinnamon apples recipe.
- Serve as a side. There is no shame in eating this with a spoon. It really is that good!
- Top your pancakes. This is heaven! Add a touch of maple syrup and you'll never eat pancakes another way. The same goes for French toast, German pancakes, and waffles.
- Add to a bowl of vanilla ice cream! This is like apple pie ala mode without the crust, and it is my absolute favorite way to serve this.
- Mix into your oatmeal - it is delicious on both hot and overnight oats.
- Serve with pork. The sweet and spicy apples are a perfect compliment!
- Serve with Brie and crackers. This is truly a perfect match! The creamy cheese and the sweet apples is a perfect combo.
Let them cool and then store in an airtight container. They will keep for 5-7 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave.
I do not recommend freezing this cinnamon apples recipe. Apples don't freeze well. They change texture.
Absolutely! And it is encouraged!
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Cinnamon Apples Recipe
- Apple Peeler
- Cast Iron Skillet
- 2-3 slices of bacon
- 6 cups of diced Apples 3 large apples or 6 small
- 4 tablespoon Butter
- ½ cup Water
- 2 teaspoon Cornstarch
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
- Cook your bacon, let drain on a paper towel lined plate. Dice into ½ inch pieces.
- Peel and dice apples.
- Melt butter in a skillet and add apples.
- Sauté apples in butter for about 7 minutes, or until slightly soften.
- Mix cornstarch in water until dissolved then add to skillet. Stir to combine.
- Add in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well and simmer for about 2 minutes.
- Stir in bacon bits/pieces.
- Serve over pancakes, pork, ice cream, oatmeal or anything you desire.