I plan to serve Edam Cheese Baked Apples with Hazelnuts at the hypothetical dinner party I’m throwing at my even more hypothetical mountain lodge in Aspen.

Edam Cheese Baked Apples: An easy appetizer of apples baked in red wine and stuffed with buttery, nutty Edam cheese.I can picture us now, gathered in my woodsy but impeccably furnished chalet. We’re jauntily poised in our all-American grandpa sweaters, leather boots, and chunky accessories. We sip hard cider from sturdy sterling mugs and munch Edam Cheese Baked Apples with Hazelnuts. The entire scene would be outrageously pretentious, except that we’ve eaten so much Edam by this point in the party that no one with a real pedigree would take us seriously. All the more Edam cheese for us.

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If cheddar and gouda had a baby, it would be Edam cheese. Buttery and nutty, Edam cheese melts beautifully and has become my latest dairy obsession. Creamy-dreamy, it’s ideal for grown-up grilled cheeses. Its flavor is complex enough to hold its own on a cheeseboard, plus it pairs equally well with a pale ale as it does a red wine. I’ve never met a cheese this comfortable with itself. Honestly, I kind of envy it.

Slices of cheese on a wooden cutting board

The nutty, earthy flavor of Edam cheese inspired this dish, and I’ve been loving Edam Cheese Baked Apples with Hazelnuts as both an easy make-ahead appetizer and along side a green salad for lunch. We bake the apples in a quick combination of red wine, butter, and apple cider, adding depth of flavor and all-around irresistibility. The apples become tender and sweeten in the oven, the hazelnuts bring crunch, and a touch of thyme adds savoryness. The Edam bubbles inside the apples, transforming them from a humble fruit to something at once comfy and quietly refined.

Baked apples with cheese and hazelnuts on a white plate

If you’ve never had Edam cheese, I’m begging you—run out and find some rightthissecond. Your tummy, taste buds, and whichever friends are lucky enough to share it will thank you profusely. Then, don your favorite wooly sweater, pour yourself a glass of wine, and bake yourself a warm pan of Edam Cheese Baked Apples with Hazelnuts. Elbow patches are optional, but encouraged.

Three Edam baked apples with hazelnuts on a white plateIf you are a regular follower of this blog, you know that I heart cheese. I created this recipe for my friends at Wisconsin Cheese, who first introduced me to the wonder that is Edam.

Three baked apples with cheese and hazelnuts on a white serving platter

Cheesy Baked Apples

5 from 1 vote
Apples baked in red wine, stuffed with gooey Edam cheese, and topped with crunchy hazelnuts. Make ahead for an easy, elegant appetizer or light lunch.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 45 mins

Servings: 12 apple halves (serves 6)


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 6 firm lightly tart baking apples such as Cortland, McIntosh or Granny Smith
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup light, fruity red wine such as Pinot Noir
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup Edam Cheese (4 ounces) coarsely grated, or other similar melty cheese, such as gouda or gruyere
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted


  • Place rack in middle position of oven. Preheat to 375 degrees F. Butter 9×13-inch pan with 1 tablespoon butter. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and set aside.
  • Cut apples in half from top to bottom (stem to base). With small spoon or melon baller, hollow out small hole in center of each half, removing core. Lay apples, cut side down, in baking dish. Drizzle with melted butter and apple cider. Bake 15 – 20 minutes, until apples begin to soften.
  • Remove apples from oven and turn each over in pan. Spoon butter-cider sauce over halves. Add red wine, pouring evenly. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper. Fill each hollowed core with Edam, piling any additional cheese on each top. Return pan to oven. Bake additional 15 – 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and top with chopped hazelnuts. Transfer apples to serving plate and drizzle with remaining sauce from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Make-ahead tip: Prepare apples through drizzling with butter and cider, then cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to bake, set pan on counter for 30 minutes to bring to room temperature, then proceed with recipe as directed.


Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in microwave.

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Looking for another killer appetizer? Try these Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon and Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip.

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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 wellplated.com 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. I think we all want to come with you Erin, You should never share your wonderful adventures with us boring bloggers! These apples look amazing, I can eat a dozen!

  2. Oh! Oh! Pick me to come to your party! Pick me! I JUST bought a sweater last week with elbow patches!! It’s so stinkin cute and will be perfect to wear to a chalet in Aspen!
    I haven’t tried Edam yet – but I am super excited to try it now!! Your description alone has me hungry! And paired with the red wine in the apple – mmmmm … I would also love this as an appetizer, or a lunch, or a breakfast, or … hmmm … seems like I could pretty much eat this anytime! Heading on over to get the official recipe! Thanks, Erin!!

  3. I wrote a comment on the other site. I love this idea, and Aspen sounds wonderful, too, lol. I so look forward to your posts. They’re real day brighteners!

  4. Erin you are such a word smith! No wonder your blog has grown by leaps and bounds. Not to mention the picture’s are stunning. I cant wait to try this refined dessert.

    1. Thank you Nicole, so SO much! My blog is a work in progress every day, and it’s so fun to have shared this last year with you. You rock my socks!

  5. Can I please be your hypothetical guest? Oh my! Edam cheese is actual one of my most favorite cheeses! I love that you used it with apples-this is going to be my new favorite way to eat it!5 stars

    1. Yes, yes, and YES Tanya! Come on over. And high five for Edam. It’s just gooey goodness, and I happen to know you are a cheese expert, so now I value it even more :)

  6. I want to go to that party and eat all the edam. All of it, I said.
    It is by far one of my favorite cheeses out there. The flavor is great, and it does make great grilled cheeses, indeed. I’m sure it’d make these baked apples super delish too. Darn, they look sooooo good!

    1. It’s one of my favorites too! The brewery tour is a blast if you ever have a chance to check it out. Thanks so much!

  7. Hi Erin, I think I’ll join you ;-) And why, oh why, have I never tried edam cheese before? This must change…and soon! Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  8. Erin, I think you and I are cheesy soul mates. I {heart} cheese! I think I could live on it. It is important to get some cheese in with each meal. I haven’t tried Edam but am now on a mission to find it and make these apples! WOW.

    1. High five, my cheesy kindred spirit!! Keep an eye out for Edam–it’s buttery, nutty cheese heaven. I bet you’d love it Donna!

  9. I would love to eat this at a hypothetical dinner party in Aspen! I have never eaten Edam cheese. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

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