How To Make The Best Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

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How To Make The Best Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

How To Make The Best Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

If you were brought up loving apples and cinnamon, like I was, then you are going to LOVE THIS STOVETOP CINNAMON APPLES RECIPE!!

It’s so simple I’ve actually taught my 7 year old how to make it, so I don’t have to anymore.

It’s not me being lazy; I strongly believe that all kids should start learning to cook, bake, and make food starting at age 2. 

Yes, age 2! You can find out more information why here.

But, let’s get back to this delicious recipe because I should’ve shared it with you here years ago, when I first started making it.

But, before we get to the recipe, let me answer some questions many people have about cooking apples on the stove, or cooking with apples in general…

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How To Make The Best Stovetop Cinnamon Apples


Questions You May Have About Stovetop Apples

What can I make with lots of apples?

There are so many things you make with lots of apples. In fact, there are so many desserts, snacks, or meals, you can make with apples, I am positive I will miss some in my list below.

You can make: 

I know there’s more, but that should give you a cook idea of what you can make with apples.


How do you steam apples on the stove?

Steaming apples on the stove really isn’t that difficult, but you do need a steamer basket.

If you have a steamer basket, all you do is add enough water at the bottom of a pot to cover it, add the basket, add the chopped apples and cover with a lid. Remove when at the consistency you want.

That’s it! Super simple.

However, that is not how the recipe below goes, not everyone has a steamer and I like to make my recipes simple and easy for everyone to make. All you’re going to need is a stove, a pot, a spoon (or fork if you don’t want to dirty more dishes than absolutely necessary, and the food ingredients.


How do you thicken cooked apples?

No need to thicken cooked apples in this recipe, but if you were making apple pie filling from scratch then using flour will do the trick. Just a little at a time, and maybe add in some brown sugar and cinnamon, too. Just be careful not to add sugar in too soon, as it will slow down the cooking.

You could also use cornstarch or tapioca to thicken cooked apples. It really just depends on what you have on hand, and since I never have either of those in my cupboard, I don’t use them.


Can you boil apples to make them soft?

You can absolutely boil apples to make them soft, that is how we make these stovetop cinnamon apples. It takes barely any time, too!


Can you use normal apples instead of cooking apples?

You can use any type of apples to make these stovetop cinnamon apples. The only difference will be the flavor, as some apples are more sweet and some are more sour tasting. Just choose the kind you like and have available to you.

I usually use gala or fuji for this recipe, as it doesn’t matter what type and those I can get in a 5 pound bag for $3.

However, if I’m buying apples for my family to simply eat, I may splurge and buy honeycrisp apples! They are completely worth the extra money.


Can I give Apple to my 6 month baby?


You can give apples to your 6 month old baby. However, be sure to soften them up and mash them first, like apple sauce. You could even give them to 4 month old babies in apple sauce form, it’s simply just homemade baby food.

Now, whether or not your baby likes the taste is a different story! My 5 month old thinks apples are sour and makes some of the cutest sour faces!

Now…let’s get to the recipe you came here for…


How To Make The Best Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

To make this delicious apple dessert (or snack, breakfast, etc.), start by skinning and slicing the apples.

You don’t have to skin the apples, but the texture is much better if you do!

You can either use and apple corer and slicer, or simply start cutting slices off the whole apple. I like slicing it myself and having the slices be about a half an inch thick. The thinner the slice, the quicker it’ll be to cook and the softer it can get.

Once you have the apples sliced and in the pot, go ahead and add enough water so you can see it through the apples.

Add half of the cinnamon, cover with a lid, and cook the apples on medium heat til tender and you can easily pierce it with a fork.

When they’re done, put the heat on low and add in the maple syrup, the rest of the cinnamon, and the oats.

Stir and cook until everything is mixed well, warm, and the oats start to get soft.

At this point, they will be done, and will simply need to cool for a few minutes before eating. Enjoy!

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Enjoy these stovetop cinnamon apples as a delicious snack in the colder months of the year, or as breakfast! Teach your kids to make it and enjoy it with them, maybe even as a dessert topped with some almond milk ice cream!

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, cinnamon and sugar chips, cooked apples, oats, stovetop apples
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Author Shawna Clapper


  • 3 apples
  • water enough to cover the bottom of the pot
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp oats old fashioned


  1. Peel and slice apples

  2. Place in pot on stove with just enough water to cover the bottom and peek through the apple slices

  3. Add half the cinnamon, cover, and cook til tender

  4. Drain any excess water and add in the maple syrup, oats, and rest of the cinnamon

  5. Stir and cook on low heat until everything is warm and mixed well and oats have softened

Recipe Notes

*This is enough for 3 small servings for a snack, or one serving as a breakfast. Adjust ingredients accordingly for larger batches.

*If you don't have maple syrup, this also works with the same amount of brown sugar.

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