Crispy Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

applechipsI was so excited when apple season began this year, I overbought apples (if even possible lol). So I have been using them up in lots of different ways including making these addicting cinnamon apple chips. I love how the concentrated apple flavor comes out when you cook these and how crispy they are. A batch of these does not last long at all in this house- they are gone as quick as they come out of the oven! 

applechips1They are really simple. You don’t even have to peel or core the apples, just slice very thinly. I just carefully use a knife but you can try a mandolin if you want. Place them on a lined baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and/or sugar and cook low and slow for a couple hours. I do recommend using some sugar as they seem to crisp up much better. I have had great luck with Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Cortland and would recommend using a firm crisp apple. Macintosh and Red delicious have not crisped up well for me. 

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Crispy Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Apples- I have had the best luck with Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Cortland, but honey crisp or any crisp flavorful apple would probably work well also- just experiment and see what works for you! (macintosh and red delicious have not dried well for me)
  2. Ground cinnamon
  3. Granulated sugar (optional but does seem to help them crisp up)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. I use the unbleached parchment and have not had a problem with sticking.
  2. If desired you can core your apples but I found this unnecessary because when you slice them the seeds easily pop out. Using a knife or a mandolin thinly and uniformly as possible slice apples into round apple chips. Slicing them evenly and thinly helps them all to crisp and dry well and at the same time. Place in prepared pan without overlapping apples. If desired sprinkle cinnamon or cinnamon/sugar.
  3. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes, flip over apples on the tray and return to oven to bake for another 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours (for a total of around 2 1/2 hours)--I will usually flip them a second time (if I remember) after about another 45 min into cooking time, to make sure they don't stick. At the end of the cooking time, the apples edges will curl and feel dry but may not be completely crisp yet.
  4. Leave the apples in the oven with the door closed for at least another hour or so. This will allow them to fully crisp up. You can even bake them before bedtime and leave them in oven overnight to crisp up.
  5. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. I usually do do a couple more apples when I make this recipe to make sure I utilize all my oven space and get the most out of running the oven so long- they don't last long with my kids, so making extra is great!
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