These delicious Baked Apples are topped with the most amazing cardamom whipped cream, chopped walnuts, and caramel sauce! They are the perfect spin on apple crisp and an amazing apple dessert for this fall season!
The Best Baked Apples
Are you guys up to your eyeballs in apples? We are! We just made our annual trip to the apple orchard and, of course, we came home with a big bag of juicy apples. Now, we love homemade apple pie and apple crisp as much as the next person, but what if you want to do something a little different on those chilly nights!? Then this easy baked apples recipe is just what you need! Plus, this easy recipe only requires you to core each apple. No peeling, slicing, or chopping required! Our favorite fall dessert!
What You Will Need
- whole apples – any variety of fresh apples would work! We feel that honey crisp apples from our local apple orchard are the best apples, but you could also use pink lady, granny smith apples, golden delicious, gala apples, or any others!
- brown sugar – bringing some slight sweetness to the apple filling.
- rolled oats – double-check the label that these are certified gluten-free, if this is a concern for you.
- all-purpose flour – helps to bind everything together and can be swapped for gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour, if you want.
- ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg – traditional warm spices that always pair well with apples.
- butter – brings the whole apple filling together with that delicious buttery flavor!
- heavy whipping cream, sugar, & ground cardamom – three simple ingredients to make a homemade cardamom whipped cream in minutes or you to keep it simple you can purchase store-bought whipped cream at the grocery store.
- Optional toppings: chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, scoop of ice cream, & caramel sauce.
How To Bake Apples
The first steps to making these easy baked apples is to place the dry ingredients of the apple filling in a medium bowl.
Mix to fully combine.
Now mix-in the melted butter until it becomes slightly clumpy. Set this mixture aside.
After you have washed and dried all of the large apples you will want to remove the core in the center of each apple with a sharp pairing knife. We do not recommend using an apple corer because it will go all the way through the apple and we still want the bottom of the apple intact. Place cored apples in a baking pan.
Next, scoop a generous portion of the oat mixture into each apple. It is perfectly fine to have plenty of this delicious filling covering the top of each apple, it is actually preferred. The more the better! Place the baking dish of stuffed apples in the oven to bake at 350 degrees F for 35-45 minutes.
While the apples are baking, you can whip up the cardamom whipped cream. Simply place the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and cardamom in the bowl of a stand mixer or use a hand mixer to whip them until thick and creamy. When you pull the beaters out you will see stiff peaks of whipped cream.
Carefully remove the baked apples from the oven once they are cooked to your liking.
Now, the best part – serve whole baked apples with a big dollop of cardamom whipped cream on top of each apple and serve with nuts and caramel sauce!
Best Way To Serve Baked Apples
We highly recommend serving this cozy dessert with that homemade whipped cream, some chopped walnuts for added crunch, scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. This combination is out of this world! One of the best apple desserts ever!
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Baked Apples Recipe + Cardamom Whipped Cream – an indulgent, delicious Fall recipe that is perfect this apple season!
- 4 medium-large Honeycrisp apples, cored
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (sub 1-to-1 gluten free flour)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
Cardamom Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- chopped walnuts or pecans
- vanilla bean ice cream
- caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine brown sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Stir to ensure all clumps are gone and everything is thoroughly mixed. Add melted butter and mix with spoon until clumpy.
- Stuff mixture into cored apples, packing tightly and making sure there almost a little “cap” on top of the apple.
- Place in oven and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes. Obviously, the longer you cook them, the softer they will get so adjust cook time per your desired softness. It will also depend upon the size of your apples.
Cardamom Whipped Cream:
- While the apples are cooking you can make your whipped cream (or you can make it the day before).
- Add cardamom, sugar and heavy whipping cream to mixing bowl and mix on med/high with a Kitchenaid stand mixer or hand mixer until cream becomes thick and will stand up on its own when you pull out your mixer (approx. 3 minutes or so).
- Taste – add additional sugar and/or cardamom to reach your desired taste – remember that cardamom is very strong, so if you are going to add more, I would start with 1/4 teaspoon and go from there.
- Place your stuffed apple in a bowl; Top with Cardamom Whipped Cream; Put scoop of vanilla bean ice cream next to it. Sprinkle with about 1-2 tablespoons of walnuts; Drizzle with caramel.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Dairy-Free: use dairy-free butter, dairy-free vanilla ice cream and dairy-free whipped cream (or just grab some store-bought dairy-free whipped cream).
- Gluten-Free: simply use gluten-free oats and and gluten-free flour.
- Storage: these are best made right before serving.
- Serving Size: 6oz
- Calories: 297
- Sugar: 29.7 g
- Sodium: 11.5 mg
- Fat: 13.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 43.4 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Cholesterol: 37.3 mg
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