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Cooked Apples

Tangy, sweet and that PERFECT taste of fall! Today is the day for cooked apples and I know you and your family will be thrilled with this or any of my country favorite sides!!

apples, scale and colander on a table

Cooked Apples

A real family favorite the gives a zingy apple taste without overpowering it with spices and other flavors.

Let the Appleness SHINE through, I say!

Here’s my secrets for how to make your cooked apples the STAR of the dinner table!

  • Layers of Flavor – by using real butter, brown sugar and different types of apples.
  • Cook the Apples Properly – you don’t want to overcook these apples in order to keep the flavor of the apples intact.
  • Rounding Out Flavor – by making sure we have a little sweet, heat, acid, fat and salt. Most of the flavor combos for the best cooked apples ever.

Here’s What You’ll Need For Knock Your Socks Off Cooked Apples!

ingredients for cooked apples on table
  • A Variety of 4 Apples that includes 2 Granny Smith.
  • Butter
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • White Sugar
  • Honey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Kosher Salt

Here’s How You Do It…

  • A photo of peeled apples
  • A photo of slicing the apples
  • A photo of cut up butter
  • A photo of a bowl of the spices and sugars.
  • A photo of the melted butter in the pan with the waiting apples and spices
  • A photo of the apples cooking
  • a photo of the cooked apples with the sugars added on top

The Key Steps For Success:

  1. Peel the apples and cut into bite size slices.
  2. Coat with lemon juice.
  3. Cook in Butter.
  4. Add the sugar and seasonings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long Are Cooked Apples Good For?

Cooked apples will keep covered in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
Don’t let cooked apples sit out for more than 2 hours before refrigerating.

Can I Freeze Cooked Apples?

You CAN freeze cooked apples, but the consistency changes slightly when you thaw them. If you have access to fresh apples, you will probably prefer to make these when you want them from fresh ingredients.

Can I Use Cooked Apples in Other Recipes?

Sure! We love ours on pancakes, waffles and as a topping on ice cream!

What To Serve With Cooked Apples

A garlic roasted pork loin is an awesome choice as is any pork chop or cut of pork.

For a quick and delightful dinner, simply make cooked apples and link sausage. Top with a few leaves of a bitter green like arugula and you’ve got a delicious meal that hits all the flavor points!

A bowl of cooked apples on a towel

Tips and Tricks

It’s important to choose at least two types of apples and one of those must be Granny Smith. The granny smith gives the dish some TANG and also she holds up well against the heat maintaining her shape!

The other apple you choose should be more in the sweet spectrum. Something like a Gala is a good choice.

Of course, you can substitute out margarine or a butter substitute for the butter, but believe me, the butter tastes best. This is a special treat and something you should just splurge on when you make it.

If you want the BEST tasting results, go with a whole cinnamon stick and an actual nutmeg nut and then grate those on a microplane. The flavor boost is phenomenal. However, if what you have is the already ground kind, that will work too.

Are you using table salt instead of kosher? Then start with half the amount. Kosher salt has a bigger grain to it and it isn’t as salty when using it.

When using kosher salt, add the salt, give it some time to dissolve and then taste. This allows time for the salt to dissolve and mix in with the dish.

The salt really brings out the tanginess and sweetness of the apples.

When cooking the apples, only cook them until they are fork tender. Remove from the heat and allow them to rest for just a bit before serving.

You are surely going to ask: Do I REALLY NEED three kinds of sugar? I guess that depends if you want the depth of flavor that this dish provides. If so, then yes.

Want to know a whole lot more about the history of apples in cooking? Here’s an interesting article!

PRO TIP: Slowly cook the apples in the butter until the butter absorbs. This is what gives those apples a delightful buttery flavor.

overhead view of a bowl of apples on a towel

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Cooked Apples

Cooked apples the way you remember them from way on back then. Warm, delicious, buttery and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg but allowing the apple goodness to shine through!
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: cooked apples
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 341kcal


  • 2 Granny Smith Apple – about fist sized.
  • 2 Sweet Apple – like fuji – about fist sized.
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 10 Tbs Butter
  • 4 Tbs Dark Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tbs White Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Tbs Honey
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon plus a little more for garnish
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg freshly grated if possible
  • Pinch of kosher salt


  • Peel the apples. Cut the apples into bite sized slices (remove the core and seeds). Coat with the lemon juice and set aside until the pan is ready.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop (I prefer cast iron for even cooking temp – but that is your choice)
  • Add the apples to the pan of melted butter and cook over medium until it appears that most of the butter is taken up by the apples. You will see that the butter turns from a milky buttery yellow to a more clear and sticky fluid. If you puncture the apples with a fork, they will be mostly cooked through at this point.
  • Add the sugars, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Gently toss the apples to coat with the spices and sugars. Continue to cook over medium heat.
  • The sugars will dissolve and turn into syrup and the apples will become soft. Gently insert a fork to know when the apples are done. The fork tines will slide right in with little to no effort. Do not overcook. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon before serving if you enjoy more cinnamon.


Pro Tips: 

  • Use the right apples – the balance of apple flavors makes a difference.  
  • Allow the butter to be absorbed by the apples – that is where that soft, delicate, buttery flavor comes from.  
  • Use both kinds of sugars to give a depth to the sweetness.  
  • Using honey gives another depth of flavor to the dish.  
  • Stop cooking the apples when they are done because overcooking apples makes them mushy and that isn’t the preferred result.  
  • Adding a pinch of salt balances the sweetness and enriches the flavor.  


Nutrition Facts
Cooked Apples
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 657IU13%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I’ve recently had the opportunity to spend a lot more time outdoors. I guess we all have.

During this time, I’ve often wondered how people learned to survive from foraging and eating off the land.

There are many edible plants, but knowing which ones to eat is a challenge for sure.

I think modern man wouldn’t fare as well.

Genesis 1: 29

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Friday 12th of November 2021

Wendi thank you for this simple recipe. I can’t wait to try it. The apples in the sauce look delicious.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 13th of November 2021

Hi Joyce, I think you'll enjoy it. It is very simple, but sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.

Wendi J Spraker

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

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