Air Fryer Baked Apples are my new obsession!!! I’ve been loving my Air Fryer Grilled Peaches all summer and with apple season just around the corner – I had to get in the kitchen to see what I could do. I’ll just say – I outdid myself!
These air fryer apples are soft and full of cinnamon with a crunchy brown sugar and oats topping – it’s like a bite of apple pie or cobbler in just minutes!! You won’t believe how much flavor they have and with ice cream – oh mylanta – they’ll have everybody begging for more.
How do you make air fryer baked apples?
These are so easy!!!! Start by peeling your apples with a hand peeler and then slice your apples in half from the top down. Next, you’ll need to remove the core from the apple. For this step – be sure to just cut out that center core and not go too deep. The last step for the apple is to turn it over so the cored flat side is on the cutting board.
Then you will hasselback the apples. Hasselbacking is usually done with potatoes and means that you slice them not-quite-all-the-way through in thin layers. Place each apple half flat side down and use a paring knife – create those thin slices along the arch of the apple. Do not slice all the way through – just shallow slices that will create small spaces for the sugar mixture to seep into.
All the hard work is now done! Next, place apples flat side down in the air fryer and brush with softened butter and sprinkle with a little sugar. Air fry at 375 for 10 minutes.
While the apples are in the air fryer, you’re going to mix up your topping! In a small bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and oats. When the 10 minutes are up, top each apple with 1/4 of the topping mixture. Pat the mixture around the arch of the apple. Air fry for an additional 5 minutes and your apples are ready!
What apples are the best for baked apples?
You need to use apples that are large enough and yet also have some sweetness. I used Pink Lady for this recipe – but you could also use Honeycrisp, Jonagold or Braeburn.
My Favorite Apple Recipes
Best Air Fryer Baked Apples
- 2 Pink Lady apple
- 4 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- Peel apples and slice in half vertically. Carefully remove the cores from the apples so as to not break them in half
- Place each apple half flat side down on a cutting board and use a paring knife to hasselback the apples. You make thin slice along the arch of the apple but do NOT slice all the way through. These shallow slices will create crevices for the sugar mixture to seep into.
- Line air fryer with parchment paper and transfer apple halves to air fryer flat side down
- Brush apples with softened butter and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp sugar
- Air fry at 375 for 10 minutes, apples will soften and start to carmelize
- While apples are cooking, in a small bowl melt remaining 3 Tbsp butter.
- To the butter, add sugar, cinnamon and oats and stir together
- Once 10 minutes are up, open air fryer and smother apples with sugar/oat mixture. Pat down around the arch of the apple.
- Air fry an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove apples and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. You can also remove the parchment and pour any sauce run off onto the apples.