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Apple chips are thinly sliced apples that are lightly sprinkled with cinnamon, then baked until pleasantly crisp. Healthy homemade apple chips are a remarkably addictive snack. Unlike their store-bought counterparts, however, this apple chips recipe uses no sugar and the chips are baked, not fried. This is healthy snacking at its finest!

Crispy Baked Apple Chips stacked beside fresh apples and cinnamon sticks

These chips are a hover situation.

As in, I’m going hover in the kitchen, hover over the container, and hover anywhere else where I can feasibly sneak another little handful before someone else beats me to it.

Because these baked cinnamon apple chips are a healthy snack, you can hover to your heart’s content.

Healthy Baked Apple Chips sprinkled with cinnamon on parchment paper

5 Star Review

“These were absolutely wonderful. Turned out perfect the first time. I can’t believe how easy the recipe is. You must try this.”

— Mike —

About These Apple Chips

My first experience with homemade apple chips was elementary school, when my dad purchased a food dehydrator and decided that we were going to dry everything.

At one point, we had such a backup of assorted dried fruit and jerky that we probably could have hiked the Appalachian Trail.

While I don’t plan on purchasing a food dehydrator myself anytime soon, I still love apple chips and, fortunately, they are easy to bake in the oven.

In fact, I’d argue that baked apple chips taste even better than the machine-dehydrated ones because:

  • You can make them truly crisp, versus chewy, similar to ones you’d find in a shiny bag.
  • They don’t require an extra piece of bulky kitchen equipment that takes up precious counter space.
6 fresh Gala apples on a clean, white kitchen towel

While I baked these often when Ben was in law school, I hadn’t busted out a batch in years.

After bringing home a particularly large apple haul from my local Wisconsin grocery store, however, I decided to refresh my memory and try making them once more.

They were outstanding! Dear Apple Chips, I won’t forget you again.

How to Make Apple Chips

These do take a while to bake (2 to 3 hours of low and slow), but I promise your house will smell magnificent by the end. Your cinnamon baked apple chips will be crispy, and after one bite, you’ll be hovering over the pan too!


  • Apples. Aside from being totally delicious, apples contain vital nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants that have been shown to boost heart, brain, and digestive health.

The Best Apple Varieties for Apple Chips

I used a mix of different Wisconsin apples, but any sweet-crisp apple will do nicely. Pink Lady, Gala, Fuji, and Honeycrisp are four widely available ones, and if you are apple shopping in Wisconsin, look for Macouns, Cortlands, and heck, more Honeycrisps because ❤️?. (If you find yourself with a surplus of apples, check out my list of healthy apple recipes for inspiration.)

  • Cinnamon. An apple’s BFFE. You just cannot beat the aroma and flavor of cinnamon with apples.


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Wash, core, and thinly slice apples.
Homemade baked apple chips shown before and after baking on parchment-lined baking sheets
  1. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake. The apples are ready when a single apple chip removed from the oven is crisp when set out at room temperature for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Turn off the oven and let the apples cool in the oven for 1 hour. ENJOY!
Baked Apple Chips sprinkled with cinnamon on parchment paper

Like the Slow Cooker Apple Butter I shared a few weeks ago, once you see how easy and deliciously rewarding it is to make homemade apple chips from scratch, you’ll start to wonder why you haven’t been doing it this way all along.

Apple Chips

4.86 from 57 votes
Simple oven baked apple chips with cinnamon and no sugar! Crispy baked apple chips are a healthy snack, and much better than store bought.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total: 4 hours

Servings: 3 cups, approx.


  • 3 large sweet crisp apples, such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jazz, or Pink Lady
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of your oven and preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  • Wash the apples. With an apple corer, very small cookie cutter, or the round side of a metal piping tip, core the apples (you can also skip this step if you don’t mind a few seeds in the chips). With a mandolin (recommended) or a very sharp knife, slice the apples horizontally into 1/8 inch-thick rounds.
  • Arrange the apples in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 1 hour in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Remove the baking sheets and switch the pans’ position on the upper and lower racks. Continue baking for 1 to 1 1/2 additional hours, until a single apple chip removed from the oven is crisp when set out at room temperature for 2 to 3 minutes (to test the apple chips, remove a single apple slice but let the others continue baking). Once you are happy with the crispness (the total time will vary based on the thickness of your slice and the type of apple), turn off the oven and let the apples sit in the oven for 1 hour as it cools down to crisp further (unless you fear you overcooked them, in which case remove the pan immediately and let it sit at room temperature).


  • Thin slices are best! If you slice the apples more than 1/8 inch thick, they will still be delicious, but they won’t be crisp.
  • The color of the final apple chip will vary based on the type of apple. Crisper apples tend to be lighter, while softer, sweeter apples tend to be darker.
  • The total cooking time will vary based upon the moisture content of your apples.
  • Store baked apple chips in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Favorite ways to enjoy these: Chopped and sprinkled over yogurt with granola, on top of salads, on top of oatmeal, and, of course, right out of the container!


Serving: 1(of 6), about 1/2 cupCalories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 11g

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. My 7-year-old asked if we could make baked apples, and this was exactly what he was imagining. We all loved them. And yes, they disappeared the same evening we made them! Thank you!5 stars

  2. I was wondering about storing these. Or if they’d store for a long time? I have an apple tree. And I really want to try this. 

  3. I am making these for the first time today. My daughter wanted them. But I think I put to much cinnamon on them (aww well) this will be a tester batch.  I didn’t have an Apple core so I just sliceced the apples the cut out the middle part of the rounds. I’m hopping in doing this right. Lol thanks for the recipient. If you could maybe email me and explain how to do them properly that would be awesome. I have a brain injury so I can’t comprehend things very well. Thanks 5 stars

    1. Hi Jessie, I bet they’ll turn out great! You can certainly use less cinnamon next time if it’s too much this time. I hope you enjoy them!

  4. Great!! I want to try different toppings. You can also sprinkle on top nutmeg. I used cinnamon and next time I want to try nutmeg on some apples and pumpkin spice on others.5 stars

  5. My family loved these!  I have been looking for a healthy after dinner treat serve my kids,  and these fit the bill perfectly.  You may finally have convinced me that I need to invest in an apple corer and a mandolin.5 stars

    1. Hooray! I’m glad they were a hit, and I so appreciate your taking the time to leave this review, Jocelyn!

  6. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My oldest son (7) is moving onto packed lunches in September so am looking for healthy “sweet” treats to add in as he isn’t big on fruit except melon & pineapple which can be expensive especially in winter time in the UK. X

  7. Fyi, I highly recommend taking the core out as suggested. It’s easier and safer to cut. A little blood and 2 bandaids later, I learned the hard way :) as for the chips, they’re in the oven, but I’m sure they’ll be awesome.

    1. I bought a $20 apple peeler, slicer, corer at bed bath and beyond. It has an option to scoot the peeler out of the way, and this is what my two year old and I used. A big success… And no bandages needed.

      We’ve made applesauce, apple crisp, and now apple chips. Worth the investment.5 stars

  8. If you wrap them individually for gifts, would you eat it cold or reheat it? Have you tried one a day or two after making them? Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi Jessica! These will keep well at room temperature for up to 1 week, and they are delicious even after a couple of days! I hope you love the recipe!

  9. These are in the oven right now and my entire house smells glorious!! I used the corer/slicer attachment on my kitchenaid and it made prep so incredibly easy. They should be done just as the kids get home from school. I can not wait to try them! Thank you so much for this easy healthy recipe.5 stars

  10. Excited to make these with the kids! Could I freeze them to make them last longer if I make a bigger batch than we can make it through in a week?5 stars

    1. Hi Courtney! While I have not tried to freeze these, others have reported success by storing them in a ziptop freezer-safe bag. If you experiment with this, I’d love to hear how it goes. I hope you love the recipe!

  11. You mentioned Macoun apples for this recipe. It’s a very old apple type and not easily found, also my husband’s favorite. Where in Wisconsin have you purchased them? Thank you!

  12. Can I use a greased pan or wax paper? I am out of parchment and won’t get to the store for a couple of days. I want to make them now though. LOL!

    1. Hi Shelly! I haven’t tried doing these directly on a lightly greased pan, but you could experiment with it. I do not recommend using wax paper, as it is not heat resistant and will melt in the oven. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, Doreen! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

  13. Super yummy! I did this recipe with honey crisp apples they turned out great! If you don’t have a mandolin slicer I recommend cutting the apple in half so you have a flat surface to stabilize while you cut! Definitely will be making these again and again!5 stars

  14. Bake apples in the microwave all the time. I’m going to try your Apple chips but I use apple pie spice in my baked apples and I think you apple chips will be great with apple pie spice too.

  15. First recipe from your page and everything is crisp as it should be.

    Love it when recipes works perfectly the 1st time, that’s how I know a honest recipe. I made 3 batches and now I have a sore neck. Anyone reading this plz don’t do 3 batch without a helping hand!! ; )5 stars

  16. These are delicious! I wanted to let you know that I linked to this recipe in my Toddler School post under “Apples” if you would like to share it. Thank you! stars

  17. I tried the recipe and loved how easy it was. BUT unfortunately the sliced would never get crisp!  I baked for a total of 3 hours!  Please advise. Thanks 

    1. Hi Maria, I’m sorry to hear that these didn’t turn out as crisp as you wanted. Were your slices 1/8-inch thick or less? The crispness can also differ based on the type of apple you used. I hope you were still able to enjoy them!

  18. Thank you. I was just diagnosed as prediabetic and I am trying to eliminate added sugar. This is the kind of snack I need, although in moderation.

  19. I’ve made these multiple times, the last time rather than just cinnamon are used a homemade apple pie spice. Both are amazing. Thank you5 stars

    1. Hi Ela! You’ll cook them in the oven on baking sheets at 200 degrees for a total of about 2 to 2.5 hours. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  20. Worked great. Used a spiralizer attachment on my stand mixer to slice the apples. Used pie spice instead of cinnamon and just sprinkled it by eye, no measuring. I turned the slices at the one hour mark. Only thing: it took about 4 hours to make the crisps and about 4 minutes to devour every single one! Making more now. :)5 stars

  21. These were absolutely wonderful. Turned out perfect the first time. I can’t believe how easy the recipe is. You must try this.5 stars

  22. Oh my gosh! When I saw this recipe I just had to try it. They were so delicious and were gobbled up by my family in seconds. I turned around and made another batch right away. Thank you for a great tasting and easy recipe.5 stars

  23. These were great! Very crisp and yummy! I used my mandolin to slice very thin. My gluten free daughter loved a crisp naturally gluten free item! Thank you!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Deborah! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  24. Love these apple chips my and my teen are trying to be healthier and we love these and she dose not really like fruits or vegetables5 stars

  25. Question- Erin, can these be frozen? Thinking if I’m the only person eating them, I wouldn’t want to eat the whole batch in a week. Would be great if I could just pull some out of the freezer when I want a quick snack.

    1. Hi Joan! I’ve never tried to freeze these before, so I wouldn’t be able to say. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  26. This instructions is kind of confusing… “upper and lower thirds of the oven. Remove the baking sheets and switch the pans’ position on the upper and lower racks.” Upper and lower?? Which is it?

    1. Hi Kath, thank you for your question. It’s both. You are using both the upper and lower racks. Then switching the pans making sure to put them back in in the upper and lower racks when they get switched. Hope this helps!

  27. I had just bought some apple chips and they were really good. When I saw this recipe, I thought I could have them anytime I want. These were just as good as the packaged ones. I used honey crisp apples, no cinnamon and baked about 2 1/2 hours. I did use a mandolin and it was nice and thin, 1/8 inch. I have to go buy more apples and make more, these will be gone soon!5 stars

  28. I had bought some apple chips (in a bag from the store) and fell in love. I told my husband that they were too expensive to keep buying every other day and said I wanted to try to make my own. I found this recipe and let me say I am not disappointed at all! My biggest regret is not owning a mandolin because I feel like I could get way more slices out of an apple than I do with a knife. Off to go buy one I go! I definitely prefer the homemade version because I can make them whenever I want and I always have apples on hand! 10/10 will make again and will recommend these to anyone who asks!5 stars

  29. I tried this today with Granny Smith apples. Worked great! I sliced the apples by hand since I don’t own a mandolin and that worked fine because I only dried a few apples. I put cinnamon on half the apples and sprinkled salt on the other half. They are both tasty, but I think I like the cinnamon apples best. I baked them for just over two hours and that was enough.
    Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  30. This was a great idea. I only got a few of them due to the fact I had my two granddaughters for the day. They loved the apple chips. I did too. Thanks5 stars

  31. I just found your recipe and can’t wait to try it. I eat a lot of baked apple chips, as I have a hard time swallowing apples (my esophagus is not my friend). The store bought ones are really good, but it will be so nice to pick and choose my favorite apples to bake. Now to the store I go!

  32. They are very good! It took me a few attempts to get them how I wanted em and even the ones that failed were still good. I only needed a teaspoon of cinnamon (for a small and big apple) and it still tasted amazing! Very healthy and I love the health facts in the recipe!5 stars