Brown Sugar Baked Apples

For dessert, Frank and Christina made this Brown Sugar Baked Apples for the South Arm Cooking Club for seniors. This recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit and it serves 8. We used Gala apple for this recipe.

For this recipe, we’ll need apples which are suitable for baking. It must be able to hold it’s shape and will not turn mushy and becomes a sauce. Some of the apples that are good for baking are Jonagold, Fuji, and Pink Lady which names that I’m familiar with. McIntosh and Cortland are examples of apples which will turn mushy when cooked.


This Brown Sugar Baked Apples is sweet and cinnamony. Cinnamon gives any dessert a very inviting aroma. Someone once told me that if you have a open house to sell your home, simply boiled a couple cinnamon sticks in some water and this creates a natural refresher in your home.


  • 8 baking apples
  • 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup water
  • chilled whipping cream (optional)



Preheat oven to 350F.

bakedapple-11-300x200Peel skin off top quarter of each apple. Using a melon baller, scoop out the core, leaving bottom intact. Stand apples in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
bakedapple-12-300x200Mix sugar and spices in a bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the mixture for the sauce.
bakedapple-15-300x200Fill apple cavities with remaining sugar mixture. Spoon 1/2 tablespoons syrup into each cavity. Scatter 3 tablespoons butter pieces over apples. (This stage can be made 4 hours ahead; cover and chill).
bakedapple-13-300x200Combine water, reserved 2 tablespoons sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1 tablespoon butter.

Add the sauce mixture into pan with apples.

bakedapple-16-300x200Bake apples for 50 minutes.

Transfer apples to 8 bowls.

bakedapple-18-300x200Place baking pan atop 2 burners; boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes.
bakedapple-19Spoon sauce over apples. Serve with whipping cream, if desired.

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  1. Quinn

    this one looks like it’s gonna be overly sweet. you think i can cut down on the sugar?

    1. Suanne

      Hi Quinn, you can certainly cut down the sugar.

  2. Cheryl

    Yum! I’ve never baked an apple before and will definitely try this…but probably cut the sugar down too. I’ve got about 8 fujis sitting around here.

    And thanks for the cinnamon room freshener! Hoping to put my house on the market sometime, sooner or later.

    Great blog…..I have to make it a point to catch up since the last time I stumbled here last year. A fellow Vancouverite! Yay!

  3. DocChuck

    The way my grandmother used to do it, except she sometimes plugged the hole with a bit of butter before baking. Delicious!

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