Warm Cinnamon Apples

One bite, and you'll know this is the ultimate fall dish. This easy cinnamon apple recipe makes for a deliciously quick apple dessert, topping, or side you're sure to love all season long.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

In the ultimate fall dish, crisp baked apples partner with sugar and cinnamon to create a versatile cuisine. Spoon them over vanilla ice cream, serve them as a side dish for the kids, or add them to your Sunday-night pork chop for a delicious topping. Warm cinnamon apples make almost any meal better. There's something incredibly cozy and comforting about the fall season, and this dish certainly fits that theme. Whether it's the fresh apples, flavorful cinnamon, or sweet sugar, you won't be able to resist a second and third serving. The heated butter adds a level of richness that only Mama could achieve. The recipe calls for Macintosh apples, but you can substitute your favorite version of the fall fruit in this recipe. Whether you're throwing a holiday dinner party, attending a church potluck, or simply cooking dinner for your friends, this quick apple dessert, topping, or side deserves a place at the table. Make it yourself, and you'll see why warm cinnamon apples will take your holiday meals to the next level every time. Originally published in 2007, it has been a Southern Living favorite ever since. We have no doubt it will quickly make your list of go-to recipes.

Warm Cinnamon Apples
Southern Living


  • 4 McIntosh apples, peeled and sliced (about 2 lb.)

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoons butter


  1. Toss together first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat apples.

  2. Cook apple mixture, 2 Tbsp. water, and 1 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until apples are tender.

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