These dried apples with cinnamon sugar are perfectly chewy, sweet, and absolutely amazing! Do this 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 peelers, I promise it is totally worth buying. Not just for this recipe but my kids love using it to eat apples on a regular basis.
Step 2: Cut off one side of the peeled, pitted, and sliced apple so that you have individual rings.
Step 3: Dip both sides of the apple in the cinnamon sugar mixture. I used about 3 to 1 (3 tablespoons of sugar to 1 tablespoon of cinnamon)
Step 4: Arrange on a tray and dehydrate for about 6-8 hours.
Pick an apple
So much fun picking apples with your kids. When children see where the food is coming from and make a connection, they are much more likely to eat and enjoy that food. There are many orchards where you can pick apples. Pick Your Own is a great website for finding orchards for your kids to pick apples.
Tips for drying apple
We only tried cinnamon (why not, we like it on fresh apples) – it didn’t taste good on dried apples. You really have to combine it with sugar. That makes a sticky mess !! Even in your dehydrator. Cover the bottom with foil to catch the syrupy, sticky drops of apple sugar. We tried apple pie spice instead of cinnamon – DELICIOUS !! We tried coconut sugar with the cinnamon – SUPER STICKY! But it tasted pretty good. Take them out before they get too dry – the leather feel is what we wanted. Store in paper bags – without being excessively dry, store them in plastic bags and somehow rehydrate and they are not “dry” “anymore.
Best apple varieties for drying
Gala and Fuji: Both are sweet apples that will make your dried apples taste like you added sugar even if you didn’t!
Granny Smith: Granny Smiths responds well to the heat of the drying process and maintains a crispiness. They are more acidic than other apples and less sweet.
McIntosh: The sugar content is concentrated in these apples during the process, making an exceptionally sweet dried apple.
Golden Delicious: As with McIntosh, the sugar concentrates and caramelizes during the drying process, resulting in a sweet, crispy dried apple.
10 medium Apples3 tablespoon sugar1 tablespoon cinnamon
Peel and core the apples. Cut 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 the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Arrange the apple rings on a tray and dehydrate them at 160 ° F for about 6-8 hours.
Store in a paper bag so that the apples stay crispy but slightly chewy.