Wondering how to make apple chips? This cinnamon apple chips recipe is a fun project that results in a delicious and healthy snack.

Apple chips

Want to make apple chips? These crunchy, sweet snacks are addictingly tasty and the perfect healthy snack to have around for when you get snacky. Sure, you can buy them at the store: but they taste even better homemade! They’re delicious and a fun project for weekends. Alex and I make them when we’re in the mood for a kitchen project, and they’re perfect for kids (our son Larson loves them). Oh, and did we mention they make your kitchen smell incredible? You don’t even need a dehydrator for this one: just your oven. Let’s get started!

Another tasty apple recipe? Try our Easy Apple Crumble.

Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

What you need to make apple chips

Do you need any special equipment for apple chips? Lucky for all of us: in this recipe there is no dehydrator required! Many fruit chips or veggie chips recipes require a dehydrator to dry them out. Not so here! All you need is your standard oven. You’ll bake the apple chips at low heat for a few hours until they completely dry out.

What tool is helpful for apple chips? A mandoline! And that’s not the musical instrument, but the sharp slicing device. If you don’t have one already, consider finding a mandoline for the job of slicing the apples as thin as possible. It’s much better for consistency in the thickness of the apple slices. Slicing with a knife makes too much variation in the apple chips, and they’ll all cook at a different rate. We recommend wearing a safety glove when you use a mandoline.

Side bonus: if you get a mandoline, you can also make our Butternut Squash Chips recipe. So that’s reason right there to invest in one! (Also our Cucumber Salad with Vinegar is much easier with a mandoline.)

Get it: Mandoline and safety glove

Tips for how to make apple chips

Making apple chips is a simple concept! Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use a mandoline. We already said it, but using a mandoline makes uniform thin slices of apples quick and easy! You’ll thank us later.
  • Use only 4 apples. You need enough room on the baking sheets to lay out the apples in a single layer, and you’ll use 2 baking sheets. Unless you have multiple ovens, 4 apples the the max you can do at once.
  • Bake 1 to 2 hours: bake time varies. The exact timing will vary: the cook time is between 1 and 2 hours, based on the thickness of the slices and how crunchy you’d like them.

A final note: there’s one problem with these apple chips. We can eat an entire jar in a fraction of the time it took to prepare them! Keep in mind that the serving size is relatively small, so it might take a few batches to build up a good stash. Or, just hoard these apple chips and savor them!

How to Make Apple Chips

What’s the best way to store apple chips?

Last note before we get to the recipe! How to store these apple chips after you’ve made them? As we mentioned above, we eat them so quickly we barely need to store them. However, the best way we’ve found is to store them in a large mason jar. You can use any sealed container, but this jar even looks beautiful our on your counter! Store the chips at room temperature for up to about 1 week (if they last that long…).

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, plant based, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Apple Chips with Cinnamon


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Wondering how to make apple chips? This cinnamon apple chips recipe is a fun project that results in a delicious and healthy snack.


Ingredients

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  • 4 apples (crisp apples work best)
  • Parchment paper
  • Ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225F.
  2. Wash the apples, then slice them as thinly as possible using a mandoline (or very sharp knife — but we’d recommend a mandoline for consistency). Leave the cores in the apples, but remove any seeds as you cut.
  3. Line baking trays with parchment paper. Lay the apples on the tray in a single layer, as close as possible without touching. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Bake for 1 to 2 hours, until as crisp as desired (a shorter baking time yields a chewier chip; baking time also depends on the thickness of the chip). Store the apple chips in a sealed container or mason jar at room temperature for about 1 week.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Apple chips recipe, How to make apple chips, Healthy snack, Apple Recipes, Apple Chips, Recipes for Kids

Looking for more healthy snacks?

Outside of this apple chips recipe, here are a few of our favorite healthy snacks on A Couple Cooks:

Last updated September 2019

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Oooh I found a brand new Börner mandolin in a second-hand shop a couple of weeks ago, this seems like the perfect recipe to christen it with!
    Lovely post, thanks!

    Rose

  2. OMG!!! that is so funny!… so I have been working on starting my food blog. I am super novice and for my very first blog post I decided to make apple chips ( that was adopted from Giada’s new cookbook after I attending the book signing). Well, since have been follow a few world class, famous blogger you included… I want to learn how to take great pics. I spend a bit of time trying to take a perfect shot of my apple chips and then I saw your….. and now I am question if I should even post mine:) love, love your blog, love,love the photography…… thank you for the inspiration!!!.

  3. Just saw this from the IWFM newsletter. I think I will go there Saturday (if we aren’t totally snowed in!), get some apples and make this! My last attempt at apple chips wasn’t very successful, but now that I have my mandoline I shouldn’t have any trouble!

  4. I clicked through to here from the IWFM newsletter. Thank you for the thoughtful post; what a lovely way to start my work-day. I’m going to the IWFM this weekend to get apples to try this. I can’t wait!

  5. I just came across this post and recipe and felt touched after reading your words. Now I’m wishing I could have a conversation with you as well. Anyhow, I am looking forward to making the apple chips with my four-year old. She loves to make “projects” with mommy, to include cooking and baking. Sprinkling on the cinnamon sounds like the perfect part for her to play in this newfound project. And here’s to healthier eating!

  6. What a great post! Very thoughtful and well-written. Absolutely gorgeous photos.
    I’m looking for something healthy that I can stock up on and have ready for when I’m too tired to eat right. Just a little something to get me the energy I need to get real food. These look pretty perfect. Can you say how long they will last, and what is the best way to store them? Thanks!

    1. Hi, thanks! We store the apple chips at room temp in a sealed container. They probably last at least a week, but get a little less crisp each day. They rarely last more than a day or two at our house :)

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