Fall is the perfect time to make homemade apple chips. Learn how to make dried apples for using as a healthy snack or for mixing into snack mixes or salads.
Looking for a fun an easy snack to make with the kids this fall? If you're swimming in a large batch of apples after a pick-your-own orchard trip, try making homemade apple chips by baking dried apples.
The dried apples are so delicious on their own but we have plenty of suggestions for things to do with your apple chips besides just eating them straight off the pan!
How to make dried apples for delicious apple chips:
Making homemade apple chips is crazy easy. You simply slice the apples super thinly and evenly.
Place the apple slices in a single layer on a buttered cookie sheet. Roast at a low temperature for an hour or so until they are nice and crispy.
We love our dried apples seasoned with cinnamon or pie spices, but you can enjoy them plain, too.
NOTE FOR PARENTS:
The recipe calls for slicing the apples really thinly, but if your kids want to help and you don't trust them with a knife yet, we highly recommend this awesome apple peeler/slicer tool. It cuts the apples into just the right thickness. Your chips will look more like half-moons, but they will taste even more delicious because your kiddo helped to make them.
What can you use dried apples for?
Dried apples are so delicious with their concentrated apple flavor. You can eat them just as-is but here are some other creative ideas for using homemade apple chips:
- Hot apple pie Chex Mix: Mix them right into this snack mix, you can break them into smaller chunks if you prefer.
- Top a salad with them for extra crunch
- Serve them in a charcuterie board with ham and fresh cheeses
- Mix them into homemade granola
- Top your oatmeal with them
- 1 - 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 2 apples, we prefer Granny Smith
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 250°F.
Prepare a cookie sheet by rubbing the softened butter all over the surface, set aside.
Prepare the apples:
Turn each apple on its side and use a sharp kitchen knife to very thinly slice the apples into ¼-inch rounds. Then use a small cookie cutter or paring knife to remove the inner circle of the core from each slice.
Lay the apple slices in a single layer on the prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle them with a generous coating of the cinnamon.
Bake for 30 minutes. Carefully flip the apple slices over onto the other side so that both sides can get a chance to crisp up. Bake for another 30 to 50 minutes or until the apples are nice and crispy.
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