Amazing Stovetop Cinnamon Apple Recipe

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Got Apples?  This Cinnamon Apple Recipe (made on the stovetop is super easy to make (not including the apple peeling ) and is probably one of the yummiest non-chocolate desserts out there. 

The cinnamon-infused apples taste like buttery warm apple pie filling, and if served with a couple of scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream, you’ll be in cinnamon apple ice cream heaven, I promise!  (Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the printable recipe.)

cinnamon apple recipe

Stovetop Cinnamon Apple Recipe

Who doesn’t love a recipe that tastes incredible and makes your house smell amazing at the same time?

Remember that old realtor trick of baking cookies right before a showing? Well, this easy Cinnamon Apple recipe is one of those “taste so good while also making your house smell amazing” recipes that you have to try. It’s the perfect combination of Fall, Winter, and the holiday seasons that makes you feel happy.

Stovetop cinnamon apple recipe

Can I be completely honest with you? I’m crazy about this cinnamon apple recipe!

I love how delicious it is, and I’m over the moon happy with how simple it actually is to make. (PLUS, it truly does make your house smell AMAZING. It’s better than a candle or plugin any day, lol.)

how to make cinnamon apples

When it comes to desserts, I’m usually a cheesecake or fudge kinda girl, but every so often, I get the craving for something different. 

Truth be told, I had initially planned on making this cinnamon apple recipe in my pressure cooker, but unfortunately, that ended up being a no-go as I could not get the recipe to come to pressure in my Instant Pot. So I decided to go back to my trusty Dutch oven and cook them on the stovetop. 

I believe cooking apples on the stovetop is better anyway because you can keep an eye on them and get the perfect fork-tender consistency.  (I love this Dutch oven, but the red does not go with the decor in my future kitchen.  Luckily, they are fairly inexpensive, and I just ordered this turquoise set!!)

cinnamon apple recipe

Why You Need to Make this Cinnamon Apple Recipe:

And I know I’ve already said it once…but I’m going to say it again:

These cinnamon apples are absolutely amazing! They taste like warm and buttery cinnamon apple pie filling. Add a scoop or 2 of Vanilla Ice cream; you’ll be in cinnamon apple vanilla ice cream heaven, I promise! It’s like this recipe was made for everything Fall and holiday.

First, let me assure you that this recipe is crazy easy. The part that takes the longest will be if you decide to peel the apples on your own. Since we’re coming into the peak of apple season, I was able to find apples at the grocery store that were already peeled and sliced. Hooray- huge timesaver! 

I do own a Pampered Chef Apple Peeler Corer Slicer.  If you have one of these amazing little tools, it does make quick work of the apples. But, if I were to use it for this recipe, I would only use it to peel and core the apples since I feel the slices it produces are too thin for this recipe. (The danger of apples being sliced too thin is that they might become too mushy.)

Ingredients Needed

Want to give this stovetop cinnamon apple recipe a shot?  Be sure to add these ingredients to your shopping list:

  • 9 to 12 med apples or 48 oz of peeled and thickly sliced apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple pie spice
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Salted butter

How to Make Cinnamon Apples on the Stovetop.

(scroll to the bottom for the full printable recipe.)

Making the cinnamon apples on the stovetop is really easy; you need about 35 to 40 minutes (not including the time it takes to peel the apples.)

  • Prep the apples: Mix the cinnamon, pie spice, brown sugar, and cornstarch together.  Add the spice mixture, butter, and water to the peeled and sliced apples, tossing till the apples are coated. 
  • Cook: Cook the apples over medium heat for about 20 minutes OR until the apples are fork-tender and the sauce has thickened.  I recommend to start checking the apples at the 15-minute mark for desired tenderness.

Tip: This recipe makes a lot and can be easily divided in half. If you make a smaller amount, start checking the apples for doneness around the 8 to 10-minute mark.

Is this Cinnamon Apple Recipe Healthy?

Well, the old saying is, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  But with as much sugar as there is in this recipe and serving it with vanilla ice cream is definitely not the healthy way to eat apples.  I’ve made this recipe a time or two and have subbed the brown sugar with half Splenda Brown Sugar Baking Blend and half Surkin Gold to make it almost sugar-free. (the Splenda brown sugar blend still has some sugar in it.)  Eat the cinnamon apples without a topping or serve with yogurt, and it will be a lot healthier.

What to do with Cinnamon Apples.

This recipe makes a lot of apples, so unless you are serving a big group, you will have leftovers.  The cinnamon apples are perfect with Ice cream, oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes (they would be awesome on this puff pancake recipe), or baked into a pie! Another awesome way to serve the apples is with a homemade Angel Food Cake Recipe and a dollop of whipped cream.

Which Apples Are Best for Baking (or stovetop?)

The best apples for baking are apples that are both sweet and tart and are firm enough not to break down during cooking (whether baking or on the stovetop.)  The best apples to use are Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Braeburn.  

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Other Apple Recipes you might Enjoy:

This is just one of those recipes that you’ll crave year-round, trust me. If you end up loving this cinnamon apple recipe as much as I do, make certain to print out this blank recipe card to keep in your recipe box or give as a gift.

Pin this cinnamon apple recipe here:

How to make cinnamon apples on the stovetop

I’d love to know, do you have a preference on which apples you like to bake with? Sound off in the comment section below.

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Amazing Cinnamon Apples Recipe (on the stove top)

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes (does not include apple peeling time)
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: stovetop


Got Apples?  This Cinnamon Apple Recipe is super easy to make (not including the apple peeling ) and is probably one of the yummiest non-chocolate desserts out there.  (Plus the recipe is cooked on the stove top in only about 20ish minutes!)


  • 48 oz of peeled and thickly sliced apples (9 to 12 med apples) (my grocery store had already peeled and sliced apples in a 32 oz container)
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup of salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of water


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, pie spice, brown sugar, and cornstarch until it’s all mixed in completely.
  2. Add apples to a large dutch oven or another large saucepan.  Sprinkle sugar/spice mixture over the top of the apples. Pour the melted butter and water over the top of the mixture. Stir until everything is coated.
  3. Cooke apples about 20 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apples are fork tender (not mushy) and the sauce has thickened. 
  4. Start testing the apples with a fork around the 15-minute mark.  Depending on the size of your apple slices and how soft you want them, your final cook time could vary between 15 and 30 minutes.
  5. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream for the tastiest results!


  • Best apples to use: Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady or Braeburn
  • This recipe makes a lot and can be easily divided in half.  If you make a smaller amount, start checking the apples for done ness around the 8 to 10-minute mark.
  • This recipe makes a good amount of sauce- perfect for drizzling over ice cream!


  • Serving Size: 1/16 of recipe
  • Calories: 207
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 34
  • Fiber: 2.8
  • Protein: .4

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  1. I tried it! It came out perfect!

  2. I cooked it for my room mates up here in Dallas and YES! It solved the stinky socks syndrome. Thanks for providing the back-story for it as well. I didn’t have corn starch, so we added honey to make up for it. Delish!!

  3. Amy Gibbs says:

    We have one apple tree that produced a lot of apples this year. I hate to admit these precious apples have been waiting on me to get my nerve up to try canning, so they are getting a tad pithy. I’m wondering if this recipe will can well. Your thoughts?

  4. This looks so great! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  5. Emily Watts says:

    Hey Jamie, As you suggested Pink Lady apples are good for this recipe and I tried it was very tasty. Thank You. Want to try with Honeycrisp apples.

  6. Kimberly @ Apple Peeler says:

    This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it ?