Get Your Hands on the Best Baked Apple Chips for Your Go-To Seasonal Snack

There aren’t a lot of elementary school projects I look back on fondly.

The year when we had a class rabbit, which I took home with me for a weekend, all I got was a mess to clean in the basement one night, and a strange cedar chip smell in our classroom year-round.

Vertical overhead image of homemade apple chips, two whole fruit, and cinnamon sticks, on a blue background, printed with orange and white text.

Making a scaled-down solar system wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t something I’d like to do again, either.

Then there was the annual Great American Day, when I’d go in dressed as Mary Todd Lincoln, basically every year, wearing the same brown polyester dress and bonnet. I can’t remember where we bought that costume, but boy, it saw a lot of Halloweens.

One project that stands out in particular in my memory was something you’d think I would have loved, especially considering the alternatives. We made a class cookbook, with one recipe coming from each child, and it was printed up with copies made for each of us to keep.

A short stack of baked cinnamon apple chips is in focus in the background, with more on a blue surface and two whole apples against a brown backdrop behind them in soft focus.

Looking back, I don’t know why I didn’t ask my mom for help with that cookbook. In fact, judging from the barbecued chickens and vegetable casseroles that filled the completed copy, I think I was the only one who didn’t.

But, I swear, in my little six-year-old mind, I thought the teacher said we had to come up with our entries on our own.

Vertical image of an apple with whole cinnamon sticks and baked apple chips sprinkled with spices, on a bright blue background.

I was very diligent about rule-following back then. I still remember the guilt I felt after saying I read an entire book for Book It! when I’d actually skipped two pages.

(A certain person I know recently admitted to lying his way through every one of those monthly reading competitions, all in the name of acquiring free personal-pan pizzas, and this made part of me felt a lot better… at least in part. The other part felt like I should write an official confession letter immediately.)

So, I don’t need to tell you that if I thought I had to do it myself, I was going to do it myself.

I knew I couldn’t make cookies unless someone was there helping me, and I hadn’t the faintest idea of how to make any sort of main entree or a full meal.

A small stack of homemade baked apple chips is in the foreground, with more scattered alongside two whole cinnamon sticks in the background, on a bright blue surface.

Wracking my brain for something –anything – I wrote down the only recipe I really knew that I could make, the thing I’d bring you, as a six-year-old, if I were treating you to a meal at my house:

Cereal.

The short ingredients list of milk, cereal, bowl, and spoon was followed by an equally short set of directions, something to the effect of: Pour cereal into bowl and add milk, then use spoon to eat. It’s a little embarrassing, now that I think about it.

Top-down vertical image of homemade spiced apple chips, cinnamon sticks, and three whole fruit, on a light blue background.

It’s especially embarrassing when I think of how many easy, easy recipes are out there, recipes simple enough for a child to remember them, although maybe not always safe enough for a child make on their own (as in, knives or ovens required).

I could’ve explained how to make a hot fudge sundae, right? Ice cream, toppings, what more do you need? Or maybe a fruit salad? Just cut up your fruit and throw it in a bowl, maybe mix them around with some yogurt, if you’d like?

Or, if I had been just a little more precocious, I could’ve explained how to make apple chips.

Overhead shot of homemade baked apple chips with two whole fruit and cinnamon sticks, on a vibrant blue background.

When I first saw this recipe, I almost didn’t believe something so easy could really taste good. But Kelly at The Best Remedy called them addictive. And in my experience, foods that are addictive are the foods I like most.

You only need two ingredients: apples and powdered sugar. Couldn’t be simpler, right?

And as far as directions go, it’s about as basic as pouring cereal into a bowl: slice the fruit as thinly as possible. Cover two cookie sheets with powdered sugar, and top with a layer of apples, then another layer of powdered sugar. Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through.

I promise, I’m not oversimplifying. This is as easy as it gets. And these chips really are addictive. Plus, despite the sugar, you’ll feel like you’re doing something healthy when you eat them.

You could make them this way, simply and plainly adorned. But I’ve spiced things up a bit in the version below, with some added warming spices and a touch of cayenne. But the process to put these together is just as easy as ever. With a little help, a kid could make them.

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Homemade baked apple chips with three whole fruit and cinnamon sticks, on a blue background.

Baked Apple Chips


  • Author: Meghan Bassett
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: Healthy Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Description

Enjoy the bounty of seasonal fruit this fall with the best baked apple chips, made with a mixture of flavorful warming spices.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper until combined.
  4. Thinly slice apples as thin as you can get them. Remove the seeds.
  5. Sprinkle a thin layer of powdered sugar mixture over both baking sheets.
  6. Arrange slices in a single layer on top of the sugar, then sprinkle another thin layer of powdered sugar mixture over the top.
  7. Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Switch positions of the baking sheets and place back in the oven for another hour. When the time is up, check on them to see if they’re crisp. If not, place them back in the oven until they’re slightly golden and crisp.
  8. Remove chips from baking sheets and transfer to cooling racks. Once completely cooled, place in an airtight container to ensure they don’t get soft.

Keywords: apple chips, fall, autumn, healthy snack

Cooking By the Numbers…

Step 1 – Measure Ingredients and Preheat Oven

Measure the sugar and spices as listed in the ingredients list.

Over head shot of two red and two green apples, a small round glass bowl of powdered sugar, and four small square glass bowls of ground spices, on a striped brown wood background.

Preheat the oven to 250˚F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Step 2 – Make Spiced Sugar

In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.

A stainless steel mixing bowl of powdered sugar combined with ground spices, on a striped light and dark brown wood surface.

If you’re not interested in the hint of spice that the pepper will bring, you can skip it. But I love the touch of heat that it adds alongside the warming spices.

Set aside.

Step 3 – Slice Apples

Place an apple on its side and slice into rounds as thinly as possible. The best way to do this is to use a mandoline, set to an 1/8-inch thickness.

Overhead shot of twelve red and green apple slices arranged in three rows on a white silicone baking mat with a blue border.

Be sure to use the hand guard and a protective glove if you have one, particularly as you get closer to the end of the apple. Remove any seeds from the apple slices.

Step 4 – Bake

Sprinkle a thin layer of the powdered sugar mixture over both of the prepared baking sheets.

Add the apple slices in a single layer on top. Then, sprinkle another thin layer of the powdered sugar mixture on top of the apples. I like to use a fine mesh sieve to sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly.

Thinly sliced red and green apples arranged in three rows on a blue and white nonstick silicone pan liner, sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice.

Bake for one hour. Then, switch the positions of the baking sheets and bake for another hour, until they are crisp on the edges. If the chips are not crisp yet, continue to bake them in 5-minute increments.

If you notice any smaller ones browning more quickly, be sure to remove them and let the larger rounds bake more.

Homemade red and green baked apple chips, sprinkled with ground warming spices, arranged on a blue and white silicone baking mat.

Remove from the oven and transfer the chips to cooling racks. Once cooled, store in an airtight container to ensure they don’t get soft. Apple chips can be stored in airtight containers in a cool, dark place for up to 1 week.

Make It More than Just Chips

These baked apple chips are delightfully delicious on their own. But if you are looking to shake things up with your snacking, here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them:

  • Make a trail mix out of the chips with added peanuts, M&M’s, and coconut flakes for a fun take on snack time.
  • If you want something to dip these chips in, dreamy pumpkin cream cheese is just the thing to dive into. The fall flavors complement each other perfectly.

You will find yourself making these chips every single week while apples are in season. They are ideal for prepping your snacks on weekday morning, and they’re so simple to make, while being lighter and more portable than fresh fruit.

Homemade baked apple chips with three whole fruit and cinnamon sticks, on a blue background.

Do you do snack prep in addition to your meal prep each week? Tell us about your favorite ways to feature apples in your plans in the comments below, and give this recipe a five-star rating if you loved it!

Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published January 12, 2009. Last updated: November 4, 2018 at 9:58 am. With additional writing and editing by Meghan Yager and Allison Sidhu.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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10 thoughts on “Get Your Hands on the Best Baked Apple Chips for Your Go-To Seasonal Snack”

  1. i bet the house smelled so warm and cozy. i’ll make this for jab’s snack this week. did you slice them by hand or with a mandolin thinger? i might have to sprinkle with some cinamon because i just love love that combo.
    i really enjoyed your story about the classroom recipe book. i think we did that too, in 5th grade tho, but for international dishes. at 6 years old, we had to actuall bring the dishes to school to share.
    and no, i don’t get tired of being nice to you. unless you write something gawd-awful mean about Madonna or Matt Nathanson …

  2. My mom used to make these for me ALL THE TIME. They are absolutely delicious.

    We clearly had different school experiences. You were making cookbooks and I was trying to avoid wedgies. 🙂

    -Nick
    Macheesmo

  3. Hmmmm…. definitely sounds easy enough 🙂 Would it work with old apples – the ones you know won’t taste the best but are still too good to throw away?

  4. Embarassing? No way! I think it is SO sweet. And, you thought of doing it on your own which is wonderful and independent!

    Now these things sound fabulous. I will have to try them.

  5. Nick, I was giving wedgies and scraping the white stuff out of Oreos. The guys I was giving wedgies to are all bigger than me now and the white stuff didn’t taste as good without the chocolate wafers.

  6. I love this story. It’s funny because I was actually just thinking about the cookbook my kindergarten class put together and called my mom to ask her to email me the recipes that she had contributed. These sound wonderfula nd i plan on making them at home although do you know if the sugar is required? I have to control my sugar intake so I would like to skip that part if possible.

  7. Lan, I’m chuckling at the image of me, bringing in cereal as my class potluck meal. Yeah, I think I’m glad we just made a book. (PS, will you hate me if I tell you I never know who musicians are and actually had to Google Matt Nathanson just now? Because if you will, I didn’t just tell you that.)

    Nick and Don: I’ll never understand boys.

    Katie: My apples were actually a little old, too. I cut off brusied parts, but everything worked out otherwise. Go for it!

    Chessa and Joie de vivre: You’re both very kind. Wish I’d known you then!

  8. i’m so glad you liked them as much as i did! you’re halloween costume made me giggle… i definitely had a few of those costumes that saw multiple years (and lots of groaning).

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