Easy Sautéed Cinnamon Apples

Sweet Sautéed Cinnamon Apples are the perfect fall treat. They’re an easy to make topping or side dish that takes just 10 minutes and 5 simple ingredients. Serve them over waffles, pancakes or oatmeal for breakfast, as a dinner side to pork or chicken or even as a dessert topping for ice cream.

Overhead of serving bowl of apples with fall towel and leaves beside it.Have you ever wondered what to do with a bushel of apples you purchased at the Farmer’s Market? Like what was I thinking that I could eat that many apples up before they went bad!? Well, after baking some Apple Dumplings just like my grandmother made, a French Apple Pie and some Homemade Applesauce, I still hadn’t made much of a dent in my supply. But, luckily this Sautéed Cinnamon Apples recipe came to the rescue!

If you love apple pie, you’ll love these warm apples flavored with cinnamon. They actually taste just like an apple pie but without the crust! And, bonus, who doesn’t love the aromas that waft through the house whenever apples and cinnamon are cooking! Plus they’re super easy to make on the stovetop and freeze well too.  

Cooked apples in skillet showing syrup base.

I’ve found all different kinds of uses for these sweet apples. I recently topped my chocolate waffles with them but it could just as easily top pancakes, French Toast or oatmeal. Ah, a warm breakfast would be a great way to start a cold fall or winter day, wouldn’t it?

However, they’re not relegated to just breakfast. Nope, they’re also great as a side dish for pork or chicken dinners too. But don’t stop there! These sautéed apples make a tasty topping for ice cream and (you didn’t see me do this) are great just to eat as is with a fork or spoon.

Bite of apple on fork over serving dish.

Variations

  • Staying away from processed sugar? Opt for maple syrup in place of the brown sugar.
  • Want a little more caramel flavor? Use dark brown sugar in place of the light brown sugar. 
  • Change out the cinnamon for apple pie spice.
  • Apple suggestions for this recipe include any tart apples such as Granny Smith, Honey Crisp and Pink lady. If using Fuji or other sweeter apples, cut down the cooking time by several minutes as they are a softer apple and will cook up much faster.

How to make

Sauteed cinnamon apples ingredients on white table, labeled.

Gather the 5 basic ingredients – apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch.

Prep steps to cook sauteed apples.

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet that will hold all the apples Add the sliced apples. (photo 1)
  2. Stir and sauté for 6-8 minutes. You want the apples to be slightly tender. (photo 2)
  3. Add the cinnamon or opt for pumpkin pie spice. (photo 3)
  4. Stir in the brown sugar. You can also use maple syrup. (photo 4)
  5. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup water and add to the skillet. (photo 5)
  6. Bring it to a boil and cook about 2 more minutes or until sauce has thickened and apples are fork tender but not mushy. (photo 6)

Partial view of skillet with cooked apples with fall foliage in back.

These easy to make cinnamon apples are so good, you might just find yourself buying apples just to whip them up. Enjoy!

More fall apple recipes

Caramel Apple Bars are a delicious cross between a cookie and apple pie. And nothing goes better together than apples and caramel.
Cinnamon Apple Bread with Pecan Streusel is a moist quick bread that’s  packed with sweet cinnamon apples, crunchy pecans and topped with plenty of crumbs.
Fruity Waldorf Salad is chock full of apples, grapes, cherries and celery and, to keep it on the healthy side, tossed with Greek style yogurt. 

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Sauteed Cinnamon Apples

Sautéed Cinnamon Apples are an easy to make, delicious fall treat. Serve over waffles & pancakes, as a dinner side or a topping for ice cream.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 large tart apples such as Granny Smith Honey Crisp or Pink Lady, peeled, cored and sliced (can be a mix)
  • Lemon juice
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Peel and core apples then slice thinly, making sure the slices are the same size so they cook evenly. Sprinkle with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat.
  • Place apples in melted butter and sauté for 6-8 minutes or until almost tender.
  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch that has been dissolved in 1/4 cup water to the pan.
  • Boil for 2 minutes or until apples are tender with a slight crispness. You don’t want them mushy.
  • Serve immediately or let cool and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Variations

  • Staying away from processed sugar? Opt for maple syrup in place of the brown sugar.
  • Want a little more caramel flavor? Use dark brown sugar in place of the light brown sugar. 
  • Change out the cinnamon for apple pie spice.
  • Apple suggestions for this recipe include any tart apples such as Granny Smith, Honey Crisp and Pink lady. If using Fuji or other sweeter apples, cut down the cooking time by several minutes as they are a softer apple and will cook up much faster.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Easy Sautéed Cinnamon Apples

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