Baking your own apple chips

Apple chips step onePacking an apple in my lunchbag for a midday snack has always presented problems for me.

I feel messy biting into one, but apples turn brown if you cut them up too far in advance. I tried the fabulous idea of cutting an apple and then rearranging it back together and holding it in place with a rubber band (thank you, Pinterest), and that works OK.

But then I discovered apple chips. And I’m never going back. They take a few hours in the oven, so they provide a lesson in patience, but I promise you won’t be able to resist them once they’re done.

Apple chips
(Adapted from Vittles and Bits)

Apple chips step two

  • 2 large apples, cored (I used Rome)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Nonstick cooking spray (i.e. Pam)

Start with your apples — a corer and a mandolin are nice tools to have for this recipe, but I own neither and made out all right with a sharp knife. So however you choose, core your apples and slice them about 1/8-inch thick.

Apple chips step threeMix your sugar and cinnamon together. (You can use less sugar or none at all, if you please.) Spread your apple slices on two cookie sheets sprayed with canola oil, then dust them liberally with the cinnamon-sugar mix.

Pop them in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about two hours. You can check on them periodically, but they’ll be more crunchy the longer they cook.

Apple chips finishedWhen they’re done, pull them out of the oven and try not to eat them all in one sitting. This is the step I usually fail at — but perhaps you have better self-control! Enjoy.

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Buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes
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Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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3 Responses

  1. Andrea Lazarus says:

    I just tried the rubber band apple puzzle for the first time this week! It worked ok. But putting an apple back together is a little more challenging than I thought. I think I’ll try baked apples next!

  2. Sarah Chain says:

    I’m so glad you said that — I, too, had trouble putting the apple back together! Glad it wasn’t just me :)

  3. Abby Rhoad says:

    You can also use lemon juice to keep the apple from browning as much. I have a spray bottle with lemon juice that I use to spritz them after I cut them. Sometimes I only use half a diced apple when I make salads and the juice seems to keep other half from getting gross.

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