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Warm Up with Apple Butter and Cinnamon Apple Chips (Recipes)

What better way to celebrate the fall season than with some apple-themed recipes? We have two recipes for you to use this year's bounty of apples—both simple, both perfect for when you’re hunkering down at home. They make your house smell delicious and put your family in a cozy, fall mood. Children will need some adult supervision, but can help with some or most of the preparation, depending on age and ability.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Kids who like crispy, crunchy snacks will like these apple chips. Even better than the store-bought variety, with no added sugar.

  • 2–3 apples (or as many as you like)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Slice apples thinly, about 18 inch thick.

Place apples on the baking sheet in a single layer, with no slices overlapping.

Sliced apples are laid out on a piece of foil and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Photo by Ellen McCarthy.

Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over apple slices. Bake for approximately 2 hours, turning halfway through. Check for desired level of crispiness. Enjoy!

Crispy brown apple chips sit inside a blue ceramic bowl.
Photo by Ellen McCarthy.

Apple Butter

A bowl of oatmeal topped with apple butter sits atop a table next to a spoon and the container of apple butter.
Photo by Ellen McCarthy.

Apple butter is a bit of a misnomer. Of course, it’s made from apples, but it doesn’t contain any butter or dairy. In fact, it’s vegan! It’s smooth and creamy, and bursting with sweet apple flavor. Add to oatmeal or serve on biscuits, waffles, or pancakes.

  • 6–7 medium-sized apples, cored and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Chopped apples sprinkled with cinnamon sit at the bottom of a bowl.
Photo by Ellen McCarthy.

Turn off cooker and let the apples cool, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Puree apple mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth.

If you want to thicken your apple butter even more after you’ve pureed it, cook over low heat until it reaches your desired consistency. Serve warm or refrigerate in air-tight container for up to a week.

A glass jar filled with apple butter.
Photo by Ellen McCarthy.

Ellen McCarthy is the Children’s Garden co-coordinator.

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