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.