These cinnamon sugar Dried Apples are perfectly chewy, sweet and absolutely amazing! Make these when apples are in season and then enjoy all Winter long!
How to Make Dried Apples
Step 1: Peel and core the apples. If you don’t have one of these apple-peeler-corer’s, I promise it is totally worth buying. Not only for this recipe, but my kids love to use it just to eat apples regularly.
Step 2: Cut down one side of the peeled, cored, and sliced apple so you have individual rings.
Step 3: Dip both sides of the apple in cinnamon sugar mixture. I used about 3 to 1 (3 Tablespoons sugar to 1 Tablespoon cinnamon)
Step 4: Arrange on a tray and dehydrate for about 6-8 hours.
It is such a fun activity to pick apples with your kids. When kids see where food comes from and make a connection, they are much more likely to eat and enjoy that food. There are lots of orchards that let you come pick apples. Pick Your Own is a great site to find orchards to take your kids to pick apples.
Apple Drying Tips
- We tried cinnamon only (because why not, we like it on fresh apples)- It did not taste good on dried apples. You really need to combine it with sugar.
- This makes a sticky mess!! Even inside your dehydrator. Cover the bottom with foil to catch the syrupy sticky apple sugar drippings.
- We tried apple pie spice instead of cinnamon- DELICIOUS!!
- We tried coconut sugar with the cinnamon- SUPER STICKY! But tasted pretty good.
- Take them out before they are too dried out- the leather feeling is what we went for.
- Store in paper bags- without them being overly dry, storing in plastic bags sort of rehydrates them and they aren’t “dry” anymore.
Best Apple Varieties for Drying
Gala and Fuji: Both are sweet apples that make your dried apples taste like you’ve added sugar even when you haven’t!
Granny Smith: Granny Smiths respond well to the heat of the drying process and maintain a crispness. They are more tart than other apples and are less sweet.
McIntosh: The sugar content concentrates during the process in these apples and produces an exceptionally sweet dried apple.
Golden Delicious: Like McIntosh’s, their sugar concentrates and caramelizes during the drying process, producing a sweet, crisp dried apple.
- 10 medium apples
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Peel and core the apples. Slice into rings or use an apple-peeler-corer-slicer.
- In a shallow bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar together.
- Dip both sides of the apple rings in cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Arrange apple rings on a tray and dehydrate for about 6-8 hours at 160° F.
- Store in a paper bag to keep the apples crisp but slightly chewy.