Skillet Cinnamon Apples {Easy} – Two Peas & Their Pod

Skillet Cinnamon Apples-sautéed apples with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon are a real fall treat and they take less than 10 minutes to make. Serve as a side dish, breakfast topping, or dessert!

skillet cinnamon apples in bowl

As soon as there’s a slight crisp in the air I start dreaming of Skillet Cinnamon Apples. They remind me of my childhood. The smell of cinnamon apples sautéing on the stove with butter and brown sugar is pure heaven!

Sure, I love baked apples, but skillet cinnamon apples are SO simple! They only take about 10 minutes to cook and are so sweet and delicious!

Use in-season apples to make this quick dish that works as a side dish, a topping for breakfasts and desserts, or a dip with crackers and cheese. The possibilities are endless, but they all taste really good! You can’t go wrong!

cinnamon apples ingredients

What Apples to Use

Use your favorite or whatever you have on hand. Here are some of the different flavors you’ll find in popular apple varieties:

  • Gala: Gala apples are mostly sweet with a soft, easy-to-bite inside.
  • McIntosh: These can be harder to find, but they’re so yummy. McIntosh red apples have a slight tartness and they’re super juicy.
  • Honeycrisp: my personal favorite! They are SO good!
  • Fuji: A good all-around apple and easy to find at grocery stores.
  • Granny Smith: Crisp, tart, and great for cooking and baking!
  • Jonagold: Jonagold apples hold up well during baking and cooking, and they’re not quite as sweet as other varieties.

Do I Have to Peel the Apples?

It’s up to you. Peeled apples will have a smoother texture, but if the apple skins don’t bother you, you can leave them on. I make this recipe with and without the skins and both taste great to me! It’s basically personal preference.

cinnamon apples cooking in skillet

How to Make Cinnamon Apples

This recipe really is SO simple and your house will smell like fall when the apples are sautéing in the skillet. Your family will run into the kitchen begging for a taste, my boys always do:)

  • Chop the apples into bite-size pieces that are the same size so they cook evenly. If you want to do slices, you can, just add an additional minute or two to the cooking time.
  • I like to add lemon juice to the apples to prevent them from browning, plus I like the fresh zip of flavor.
  • I cook the apples in butter for flavor, but if you need the recipe to be vegan, you can use coconut oil.
  • Make sure you don’t over cook the apples, you don’t want mushy apples. Take them off the heat when they are soft, but still a little crisp.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many ways to enjoy these Cinnamon Apples that you’ll want to always have a batch on hand! Here are a few of the ways we enjoy them…

  • As a side dish with lunch or dinner
  • On top of pancakes, waffles, or French toast
  • With a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Spooned over yogurt with granola
  • Served with brie and your favorite crackers
  • Stirred into oatmeal

How to Store and Reheat

Once cooked and cooled, store the apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with an additional 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed!

More Apple Recipes

cinnamon apples in bowl with spoon
  • 3
    large apples
    peeled, cored, and chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2
    brown sugar
  • 1
    ground cinnamon
  • 2
  • 2
  • ¼
    pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch
    of salt

Nutrition Facts

Skillet Cinnamon Apples

Amount Per Serving

Calories 146
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 4g20%

Cholesterol 15mg5%

Sodium 53mg2%

Potassium 146mg4%

Carbohydrates 25g8%

Fiber 4g16%

Sugar 20g22%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 249IU5%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Calcium 18mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Dishing Out Health

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