Cinnamon-Walnut Baked Apples
  • 2cups apple cider
  • 1/2cup date sugar
  • 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 6small to medium baking applesCortland or McIntosh
  • 3/4cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2cup date sugar
  • 1teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
  • 1/2cup dried cranberries
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/4teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2cup sugar
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. To make the syrup, mix cider, date sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat, simmer for 5 minutes, and add vanilla extract. Remove from heat.
  2. Wash apples and remove cores, but do not cut all the way through to the bottom. Peel a wide strip around the top edge.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together walnuts, date sugar, lemon peel, and dried cranberries. Fill each apple with walnut mixture to within 1/4 inch of top. Insert a cinnamon stick into the center of each apple.
  4. Place apples upright in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Pour prepared syrup over apples. Bake for 30–40 minutes or until tender, basting frequently with pan syrup.
  5. While apples are baking, make meringue, if using: Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Slowly add sugar and continue beating until stiff and shiny. Blend in vanilla extract.
  6. When apples are done, remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 450°. Spoon or pipe meringue decoratively over the upper one-third of each apple. Return apples to oven and bake for another 3–4 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown. Watch carefully to avoid burning.
  7. To serve, pour hot syrup onto each plate and place a baked apple on top. Remove cinnamon stick before eating.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon-Walnut Baked Apples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341
% Daily Value*
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING: 341 cal, 25% fat cal, 10g fat, 1g sat fat, 0mg chol, 3g protein, 64g carb, 5g fiber, 6mg sodium