A few weeks ago a friend and I hit up a local apple orchard. And for the past few weeks, the apples have just been sitting in a bowl waiting for me to bake something. All 5 lbs of them. So when I sent out a cry for help to the social media world on what I should do with them, apple chips were one of the top suggestions. I had never made apple chips before, so I figured I’d give it a go and see what all the hype was about.
And let me tell you, my apartment has never smelled as heavenly as it did when these puppies were baking. I’ve actually considered foregoing purchasing any more candles, and just popping in a batch of apple chips every evening to aromatize the place. Besides, you can’t eat candles after 3 hours goes by BUT you can eat apple chips after 3 hours in the oven and to me, that is reason enough. So what I’m trying to say is that apple chips are basically like edible candles.
They’re so easy to make and pretty hassle free. If you have a mandolin slicer, I recommend using the thin blade setting to slice the apples. Otherwise, cutting them thin with a sharp knife will work just as well. It may just take a few extra minutes & a little extra caution (watch the fingers), but it will get the job done. The thinner you’re able to slice the apples, the crunchier the chips will be. After slicing, spread them into a thin layer on a parchment covered baking sheet, sprinkle them with cinnamon/sugar, and pop in the oven for a few hours. Believe me, those will the longest three hours of your day. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to attack your oven around hour 1 and gobble them up. They just smell. so. good.
- 4 Apples (any size/variety)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Thinly slice apples and place them on a parchment covered baking sheet. Try to arrange them so that they are spread out as one layer (if some overlap, that’s okay).
- Mix together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over one side of the apples.
- Bake for 1 hour, then carefully flip the apple chips so that the other side is able to crisp up. Return to oven and continue to bake for 2 more hours or until apples are no longer moist.
- Enjoy warm or store in airtight container for 2-3 days.