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Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

I love homemade baked apple chips so much that I've considered getting a home dehydrator so I can make them more often and in larger quantities than can fit in my oven at once. I just can't stomach paying for packaged apple chips in the grocery store — not only because of the price, but also because of the amount of preservatives. But this simple recipe, which takes only about 15 minutes to prepare, has kept me from purchasing one more kitchen appliance that I don't really have room for anyway.

The hardest part of the recipe? Waiting for them to finish drying in the oven! Your family will gobble these apple chips up within a day or two and they'll be begging you to make them again.

My tips for the best apple chips: Leave the skin on the apples, as it contains extra vitamins, nutrients and fiber; the kids won't notice the skin at all anyway. I like to substitute freshly ground Mexican cinnamon, but any regular ground cinnamon will do. You can also experiment with mixing other spices into the cinnamon, such as ground cloves or allspice for an apple pie chip taste. If you have any food-safe silica gel packets from other packaged goods, which keeps crunchy snacks from retaining moisture, toss them into a bag or an air-tight container with your leftover chips to keep them crisp.

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RECIPE: Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 3-4 apples
  • 1/2 cup Zulka Morena Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Use an apple corer to punch the core out of the apples. Use a sharp knife or mandolin slicer to thinly slice the apples into rings.
  5. Place the slices next to each other on the trays (they can overlap a little). Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the apples.
  6. Place the sheets on the oven racks and bake for one hour. Remove each tray of apple slices, flip the slices, and return the tray to a different oven rack than before to ensure even baking.
  7. Bake for one more hour. Turn off the oven, leaving the apple chips inside for another 2-3 hours or until dried out.

Store the chips in an air-tight container for up to one week.

Recipe and photos provided by Zulka.

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