Easy Air Fryer Baked Apples

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These delicious Air Fryer Baked Apples are tossed with lots of cinnamon and caramelized to perfection! Use them on top of pancakes, to serve alongside ham or pork, or eat them straight out of the pan topped with loads of cinnamon whipped cream!

Air fryer baked apples in a pie pan with 3 dollops of cinnamon whipped cream.

Welcome to the fall season! Now let’s get down to business with our cozy apple and pumpkin recipes, shall we??!

I LOVE using my air fryer as an “unfancy convection oven” around the holidays for side dishes and smaller items so I can have my oven free for larger things like ham or turkey! Not only that, but I LOVE not having to turn on my oven for every single thing I want to bake! The air fryer uses way less energy and cooks my stuff faster….#winning!

So let’s get cracking with these easy air fryer apples! AKA: fall on a plate! If you have never made baked apples in the air fryer, you are missing out!

Most recipes you’ll find for baked apples in the air fryer want you to air fry apple HALVES until tender. I have two issues with that: Too annoying to eat (not a fan of eating apples with a knife and fork) and no caramelized ooey gooey goodness!

If you want an air fryer apple dessert, let’s do this thing right! Ooey gooey goodness, here we come!


  • Delicious, caramelized apples that scream fall coziness!!
  • No need to tie up your oven! These cook in a pan right in the air fryer!
  • A delicious, easy air fryer dessert with very little effort!
  • So versatile! You can use these apples as a dessert, for breakfast, or as a topping for french toast or pancakes!
  • A great use if you have extra apples from fall apple picking!


You’ll need the following ingredients to make these delicious Air Fryer Baked Apples:

All the ingredients needed to make air fryer baked apples


Apples: Use whatever type of apple you like! My favorite thing to do is to use a combination of sweet and tart apples like Granny Smith apples and Honey Crisp.

Sweeter: Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious

More Tart: Granny Smith, McIntosh, Pink Lady

Corn Starch: This acts as a thickening agent. You can also use arrowroot powder.

Brown Sugar: I used dark brown sugar because I love that deep, rich color but you can use light brown sugar or a combination of light and dark brown!


Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with the exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

How to make air fryer baked apples step by step

Step 1: Begin by cutting your apples into 1/4″ slices. Add them to a medium bowl.

Step 2: To the bowl, add your sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, lemon juice, water, vanilla, and sea salt.

Step 3: Give everything a few big stirs to ensure apple slices are fully coated with the sugar and spices, then transfer the apple mixture to your baking pan.

Step 4: Cover pan with foil, then air fry at 375°F for 40-45 minutes. Uncover, give the apples a big stir, coating all the apples in the caramel-y sauce. Then, air fry another 10-15 minutes uncovered until the apples are very tender. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or Cinnamon Whipped Cream!


  • If you have never used your air fryer to make these apples, check on them at about the 30-minute mark, then every 15 minutes after that. Some air fryers cook a bit faster than others, so make sure to check on them. Give them a good stir, too so the apples get coated with the delicious caramel sauce in the pan!

  • Chopped nuts make a great topping if you want a little crunch!

What are the best apples to use?! Try a combination of sweeter-variety apples (like Honey Crisp) and some that are a bit more tart (like Granny Smith).


  • Reheating: To reheat, you can place apples in a microwave-safe container and reheat for about 1-2 minutes on 50% power. You can also put the dish back into the air fryer for a few minutes until heated through.

  • Freezing: To freeze, cool apples completely then store them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 1 month. To defrost, use the microwave or leave apples in the fridge to defrost overnight. These apples are delish when they are rewarmed for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Note they may get a little mushy in texture in the freezing/defrosting process but still totally edible and delish!

Air fryer cinnamon baked apples on a small plate with whipped cream


What kind of pan can I use to make this recipe?

This will depend on the size of your air fryer basket or tray, but any oven-proof pan will work–don’t think you have to run out an buy special pans or gadgets for your air fryer…unless you want to!

For this recipe, I used a 9-inch ceramic pie pan. Just use an oven-proof pan that fits into your air fryer and that you can easily remove.

Do I have to peel the apples?

Nope. But you sure can if you want to take the extra time. I like the “rustic ease” of not peeling my apples (fine, I’m lazy, ok?!). The apples get cooked down so much that it doesn’t matter too much if you peel them or not!

How do I serve these air fryer-baked apples?

There are SO MANY ways to enjoy these air fryer apples! Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Topped with cinnamon whipped cream and chopped nuts for your sweet tooth!
2. On toast: top toast with cream cheese and pile on lots of apples on top!
3. Stirred into yogurt or oatmeal.
4. As a topping for pancakes or waffles.
5. Served as a side dish with pork chops or baked ham.
6. Spoon on top of vanilla ice cream for an easy dessert.
7. Blended to make apple sauce.
9. Sprinkle some granola on top of the apples for an easy breakfast.
10. Topped with Greek yogurt for a (semi) healthy dessert.

Can I substitute the cornstarch?

Yes, cornstarch is a thickening agent. You can also use arrowroot powder for the same effect.

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Air fryer baked apples in a pie pan with whipped cream, some of the apples are served onto another plate.


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Cosori Air Fryer: There are a lot of good air fryers, but my personal fave is this Cosori 12 in 1 Air Fryer. It’s not a “drawer” style air fryer which I think makes it so much more versatile! It’s also big enough to cook meals for my family of 5. I literally use this thing MULTIPLE times per day! It’s a powerhouse!

Baking Dish/Pie Pan: Make sure you use a baking dish or baking pan that fits your air fryer! I used a 9-inch pie pan for this recipe.


I hope you love this Air Fryer Baked Apples. If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Easy Air Fryer Baked Apples

These delicious Air Fryer Baked Apples are cooked right in your air fryer and caramelized to perfection. Use them on top of pancakes, to serve alongside ham or pork, or just eat them straight out the pan topped with lots of cinnamon whipped cream!
5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 145 kcal


  • 5-6 medium/large apples See Note 1
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar light brown, dark brown or both!
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of water (or apple juice)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • cooking spray
  • chopped nuts, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for topping optional


  • Preheat air fryer to 375°F. If your air fryer doesn't have a preheat setting, just turn it to 375°F and give it about 3-5 minutes to come to temperature. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Core apples and cut into 1/4" slices (no need to peel unless you want to!). Add them to a large bowl.
  • To the bowl, add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, lemon juice, water, vanilla and sea salt.
  • Give everything a few big stirs to ensure apples are fully coated with the sugar and spices, then transfer apple mixture to your baking pan. Cover with foil then air fry at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and give apples a big stir to make sure they are all coated in the delicious caramel-y sauce! Then air fry (uncovered) for another 10-15 minutes until apples are super tender (See Note 2).
  • While apples are cooking, make the cinnamon whipped cream (if using, OPTIONAL).
  • When done, carefully remove pan from air fryer. Top with cinnamon whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve immediately OR spoon warm apples over pancakes or french toast!


Note 1: The best apples to use are the ones you like! My favorite thing to do is to use a combination of sweet and tart apples like Granny Smith apples and Honey Crisp.
Sweeter: Fuji, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Gala apples
More Tart: Granny Smith, McIntosh, Pink Lady
Note 2: Cooking time will range a bit depending on your air fryer and the type of pan you are using. Just look for a nice caramelized color and make sure the apples are super tender, especially the ones in the middle. 
Nutritional information is only an estimate. Info is based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator.
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Calories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 0.6gFat: 0.4gSodium: 64mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 5gSugar: 29gCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made these apples several times and oh my goodness are they delicious! So easy and they always turn out perfectly!

  2. 5 stars
    I love easy apple desserts like this for Fall. Can’t wait to try these out in my air fryer. My kitchen is going to smell amazing…can’t wait!

  3. 5 stars
    Is there anything better than baked apples with ice cream on top?!? Maybe, but you make this recipe look irresistible and so easy, which is even better. This really is a perfect recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these the other day and they came out great! This is definitely my kind of treat. Can’t wait to make these again!

  5. 5 stars
    These were so good! We used them on top of dutch baby pancakes and they were delicious. Definitely making them again!