Ugh. It’s Tuesday, you guys. Is there anything worse than going back to work on Tuesday after a nice long weekend? Maybe going back to work on a Monday after a short, crappy weekend…. I suppose that’s worse. Obviously. But that’s beside the point. The point is, I’m not overly excited about being at work today. Not that I’m overly excited about being at work any day. Is anyone ever really, actually excited about being at work? Ever? The answer is no. All of us would rather be doing just about anything else. Don’t get me wrong, I like my job. But I would much rather sleep late and then spend my day binge-watching crap on Netflix and eating whatever I want without gaining any weight. I’m just being honest here. And I know you guys feel the same way.
Peter and I managed to jam a lot of stuff into our 3-day weekend. We spent Friday night at Summerfest with my family listening to Blake Shelton perform. On Saturday, we went to Franklin to enjoy their Civic Celebration and watch an awesome fireworks show. Sunday was spent playing mini golf and engaging in an epic battle of Risk (the board game). And yesterday, we had brunch with Peter’s mother and then visited with friends at their newly-built house (which I am totally IN LOVE with, btw). And of course, I managed to fit in a nap every day. Hey, a girl’s gotta get her sleep!
In between running errands and doing laundry on Sunday, I decided to whip up a batch of these amazing cinnamon apple chips. I had some leftover apples that we hadn’t gotten around to eating during the week, and this was the perfect way to use them up.
Have you guys ever had apple chips before? I’m not talking about the crappy store-bought kind, by the way. I’m talking about homemade cinnamon apple chips. Trust me, the store-bought kind just can’t compare. The ones you find in the grocery store taste old and stale and are often chewy instead of crunchy. These homemade apple chips though…. Oh my. They’re so good.
The key to making awesome crunchy apple chips is to slice the apples super, super thin using a mandolin slicer. You just won’t get that amazing crunch if the slices aren’t paper thin. If you don’t have a mandolin slicer, you can try to slice the apples by hand, but if you want my opinion, just go buy a mandolin slicer. I got a super cheap one for like $15 and it works great. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “why on earth would I spend money on a slicer that I’ll probably use once and forget about completely?” But you won’t just use it once. I use mine all the time to make these apple chips and to make my oven-baked potato chips. It’s totally worth the money, in my opinion.
I use honeycrisp apples for my apple chips because they’re so naturally sweet. I’ve tried making them with other apples, but they just don’t compare to the honeycrisps. If you want to use a different kind of apple, by all means, go right ahead! But you’re probably going to want to sprinkle a little sugar on top of the slices before you bake them, otherwise they can get a little bland tasting, even with the cinnamon on top (just trust me on this one).
One thing to be aware of is that these apple chips take a while to bake, so make sure that you plan for that before you decide to make them. The nice thing is, you can toss them in the oven and go about your business without really thinking about them. I managed to get a trip to the grocery store in before I needed to worry about flipping them over. Plus they bake in way less time than they do if you were to use a dehydrator.
Added bonus: You can snack away on these suckers without feeling guilty because they’re literally just dried apples! They’re practically calorie free! ;)
Oven-Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
Servings: About 40-50 chips (depending on the size of apples)
- 2 large Honeycrisp apples
- Preheat oven to 200. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Using a mandolin slicer on the thinnest setting, cut apples into slices, being careful to remove any seeds. Lay apple slices on prepared baking sheets in a single layer. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon.
- Bake apple slices for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven, flip slices over, and return to oven. Bake for an additional hour. Turn off oven but do not remove pans from oven. Allow to cool inside oven for at least 1 hour (up to overnight!). Remove slices and store in an airtight container.
Inspired by: Living Sweet Moments