Cinnamon Apples

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These are my dad’s specialty! Cinnamon Apples are the perfect fall side dish for a wide variety of meals. My dad will serve them with everything from pork chops and grilled chicken to puffy pancakes and waffles.

What kind of apples work best for cinnamon apples?

I have made this with about every variety of apple. They are delicious with any kind of apple, but the results will be a little different depending upon the variety. Tart apples (like granny smith) may need a little more brown sugar. Soft apples (like Johnathan) will make a more “jam-like” sauce.

This is a great recipe to use up apples that have gotten a little soft or slightly mealy. You will end up with a more cohesive jam-like sauce that is delicious.

What is the best liquid for making cinnamon apples?

While a little water works great in the recipe, I prefer to use a liquid that has a little flavor. I have used lots of different liquids for cinnamon apples. White wine, leftover champagne (even if it has gone a little flat), apple juice, and apple cider all work really well. 

Cinnamon Apples

Cinnamon Apples

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Sliced apples are cooked in butter with cinnamon, brown sugar so make a great side dish for everything from pork chops and grilled chicken to pancakes and waffles.


  • Two medium apples sliced (any variety)
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Apple Juice (or water, see note below on liquid options.)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (See note below)


  1. In a medium skillet, heat butter over high heat until melted.
  2. Add the sliced apples and let cook until slightly browned.
  3. Add the apple juice (see note for other liquid options) and stir the apples.
  4. Reduce heat to medium.
  5. Add the cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar.
  6. Cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes until the liquid has thickened into a sauce and the apples have softened slightly.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.


  • You can use lots of different kinds of liquids. Water, apple juice, apple cider, and white wine all work really well.
  • The variety of apple used will change the amount of sugar you need. Tart apples like granny smith will need closer to 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar. Sweeter varieties like honey crisp or gala should be fine with just 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.

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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

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