These thin and crispy cinnamon apple chips are a great snack when you are craving something sweet and crunchy.
Low heat from the oven removes the moisture, caramelizes the natural sugars, and crisps up these apple chips. A light dusting of cinnamon gives them a warm, sweet flavor perfect for snacking.
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How to Make Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
Step 1: Prepare the apples
The key to getting crispy apple chips is to slice the apples very thin… 1/8-inch thin.
Begin by washing the apples well under cool running water and dry with a clean kitchen towel.
Use your sharpest knife, place the apple on its side, and carefully slice horizontally through the apples.
A mandoline slicer is perfect for the job of cutting the apples into thin even slices. Don’t forget to use the slicing guard that comes with it.
Step 2: Place the apples on baking sheets
Once the apples are sliced, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle each side with cinnamon.
If you have one, use a tea or fine mesh strainer to sift the cinnamon evenly on the apples. If not, just sprinkle the cinnamon on and spread it out with your fingers. Be sure to coat both sides.
Step 3: Bake the apples low and slow
Pop the baking sheets into a preheated oven and slow bake.
The apples will bake gradually in low heat removing the moisture, concentrating the flavors, and crisping up the fruit to a crunchy chip.
Step 4: Test the apples for crispness
Apples will continue to crisp up while cooling. To test for crispness, remove a couple apple chips from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Fold the cooled apple chip in half. It should snap when you bend them. If the apple chip is flexible and leathery, bake for 15 minutes more and test again.
Step 5: Let the apple chips cool
Once your apples are done, turn off the heat and let them cool in the oven for 30 minutes. The heat from the oven will evaporate any lingering moisture. Remove the apple chips from the oven and let them cool completely before storing in airtight containers.
Ways to Enjoy Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
While eating right out of the jar is our preferred way of enjoying baked apple chips, here are some other ideas:
Use as a Topping: Crumble the apple chips and use to top oatmeal, fall salads, and yogurt.
Apple Cinnamon Tea: Make apple tea by steeping two apple chips in a mug with a cinnamon stick and a little honey.
Garnish Fall Dishes: Use apple chips to garnish fall soups and desserts.
Add to Granola: Toss chopped apple chips into homemade granola (recipe coming soon).
Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
- 6 medium apples
- ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 150˚F or WARM. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Wash the apples under cool running water and dry with a clean kitchen towel.
- Slice the apples 1/8-inches thick using a sharp knife or mandoline.
- Shake out the seeds and place the apple slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
- Sprinkle the apple slices evenly with cinnamon. Flip the slices over and sprinkle the other side.
- Bake in a preheated oven until the apples are crispy, about 2-3 hours. The time will vary based on the moisture in the apples. Flip the apple slices halfway through so they bake evenly.
- Apples will continue to crisp up while cooling. To test for crispness, remove a couple apple chips from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Fold the cooled apple chip in half. It should snap when you bend them. If the apple chip is flexible and leathery, cook for 15 minutes more and test again.
- Once your apples are done, turn off the heat and let them cool in the oven. This will crisp up the apples further.
- Remove from the oven and let the apple chips cool down completely. Store the apple chips in an airtight container for several weeks.