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Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Known in our family as "Candied Apple Slices," these stovetop cinnamon apples are always a hit -- and there are never any leftovers! All you need are 4 simple ingredients to make one of the best side dishes of all time!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 202 kcal


  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Saucepan


  • 3 Apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon as needed


  • In a medium saucepan or deep skillet bring your water and sugar to a simmer while you prepare the apples.
  • Peel your apples. I cut the apples into four quarters and then remove the core. Then I cut each quarter into three or four slices.
  • Once the water is simmering, carefully add a single layer of apples to the water and sugar. You don't have to do too much to them after they are in the water.
  • Check at the 10 minute mark. You can turn the apple slices over if they aren't done yet.
  • After 15 or 20 minutes, the apple slices will look translucent and be cooked all the way through. 
  • Lift them out of the sauce with a slotted spoon and put them in your serving dish.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Add another layer of apples to the water and sugar mixture and cook as before.
  • When these are done, lift them out with a slotted spoon and add to the apples in the serving dish.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on the top.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers and enjoy later.


I used Fuji and Honeycrisp apples for this recipe and they worked great. Feel free to use any apples you have on hand or ones that you enjoy.
Yes, this is a lot of sugar. Not all of it gets absorbed into the apples but enough does. However, it's just so good this way. For me, it's a special occasion treat.
You can add more sugar and water to the pan whenever you are between apple slices. Let the sugar dissolve before you add more apple slices.


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 3gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apples, cinnamon, easy recipe, fruit, sides
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