Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples are a simple and delicious recipe that’s actually pretty healthy.  I’ve been making this for years as a side dish almost anytime I serve a ham, and I decided to share this recipe now because I always associate apples and Fall, or Autumn if you prefer.  I realize that “early apples” are ripe in July , but different varieties continue to ripen well into September.  In my mind, apples and the month of September and the beginning of Fall go together.  For that reason,  I have chosen the Fall season to share my recipe for Stovetop Cinnamon Apples.  You’re going to love it.

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Years ago, I purchased a pre-packaged, boxed dinner from a large grocery chain for Christmas dinner.   One of the side dishes  included in my box was a pint of scalloped apples.  I had never heard of scalloped apples,  but it was love at first bite.

The deli where I ordered my dinner sold the apples year-round, and I would buy them at least once a month.  My husband and I could devour a quart of them in no time flat.  They were good with ice cream,  on pancakes or waffles, or even straight from the carton.  Often we would warm them in the microwave, top with some granola and a scoop of ice cream and have an almost instant apple crisp.

Basically, we were addicted.  Fast forward a few years.  We now had two sons, and decided to move from the Los Angeles area to a more sedate community in the Mojave Desert.  We moved because we wanted our sons to be able to play outside without fear of them being struck by cars on our busy street.  (Realistically, we know that children can get hit by cars in the country as well as the city, but that was one reason.)

On my first trip to the same grocery chain that I had frequented before my move, I realized that they didn’t sell our beloved scalloped apples in my new town.  I asked a few questions and learned that they only had them during the Thanksgiving season, and, even during the holiday season, the availability was limited.  I was shocked, and disappointed.  I knew that I would have to do something I had never done before.  I would have to learn to make these apples myself.


Since my only experience with making homemade apple deserts was an apple crisp,  I used that as the basis for creating this recipe.

What will you need to make this recipe?

From the Pantry:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Sugar or no calorie sweetener (optional)

From the Refrigerator:

  • Apples
Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

When I began my experiment, I proceeded by peeling and slicing apples and filling my pot with them.  Once they were in the pot, I covered them with water and threw in some cinnamon. 

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples
Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

I like to give it a stir at this point, and I have to admit that it looks pretty disgusting.

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

I turned on the stove, brought the apples to a boil, then lowered the heat. I stirred occasionally, and as the apples began to cook, things started to look a little better.

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

The apples simmered on the stove until they were tender which took about 15 minutes. The smell was right, but there was no thick creamy apple flavored goo holding them together.  I considered this for a moment and realized cornstarch would solve the problem.  I mixed a little cornstarch into a little water and poured it all around the pot containing the apples.  I stirred, and in a few minutes, the sauce had thickened nicely. I served the apples with that nights dinner and they were a huge success though they weren’t quite as sweet as the store-bought version. Still, no one complained.

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

In my ignorance, I made something healthier than the scalloped apples that I had originally eaten.  My apples contained no added sugar.  Traditional scalloped apples contained sugar and butter in addition to the ingredients that were in my version.  If you prefer your apples to be sweeter, you can add some sugar, maple syrup, or your favorite non caloric sweetener.  We prefer them unsweetened because the apple flavor is really the star of this dish, and in our opinion, adding sugar steals some of that flavor.

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Simple, healthy, and good to eat, these Stove Top Cinnamon Apples are a keeper, and have been in regular rotation on our dinner table for some time. Do you like cooked apples as a side dish or a topping on your breakfast? Give our recipe for Stovetop Cinnamon Apples a try, then let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Stove Top Cinnamon Apples

These apples are delicious as a side dish, but they're also good on waffles, pancakes, French toast, or as a topping for ice cream. This recipe, as written is zero ww points. The total cost for this recipe is $1.36 or about $0.34 per serving.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 120 kcal


  • 4 cups apples peeled and sliced ($1.09)
  • 2 ¼ cups water (divided)
  • 1 – 2 tsp cinnamon ($0.20) Depending upon how much cinnamon flavor you like.
  • 2 tbsp corn starch ($0.07)


  • Place peeled and sliced apples in a saucepan.
  • Sprinkle apples with cinnamon.
  • Add 2 cups water to pan with apples.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, and cover the pan.
  • Aimmer apples in water for 10 – 15 minutes until apples are tender.
  • In a cup or glass, mix 2 tablespoons of corn starch with ¼ cup water.
  • Stir until corn starch is completely dissolved.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to apples, and stir until liquid is thickened.
  • Serve.


If you don’t care about the calories, or the WW points, you can add 2 – 4 tablespoons of sugar to the apples while you are cooking them.  Just watch them closer because the sugar will thicken the water and is more likely to burn than the apples alone.  We actually prefer the taste of the unsweetened apples, but we realize other people may prefer their apples sweeter.
Keyword apples, cinnamon, corn starch

Nutrition information was calculated for 1/4 of the recipe for Stove Top Cinnamon Apples prepared according to the recipe above as written.

Stove Top Cinnamon Apples

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2 thoughts on “Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

  1. This recipe reminds me of the overnight stays at my grandmas house. She often made apples like this for dessert! The house smelled amazing and the homemade treat was delicious!

    1. Your grandma’s house sounds like it was a great place. I agree that the smell of apples and cinnamon is amazing, and I think they’re great fall scents.

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