Crispy Smashed Apples with Cinnamon Sugar


Toasted pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon combine in a crunchy, nutty topping for these apples. Smashing the fruit helps create a crispy edge. Serve these apples warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Crispy Smashed Apples with Cinnamon Sugar
Photo: Photography / Dera Burreson, Styling / Lauren McAnelly / Holly Rabikis
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 6 firm small apples (1 1/4 pounds), peeled, cored and halved crosswise

  • 1 tablespoon canola or other neutral-tasting oil

  • ¼ cup lightly packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted

  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven. Preheat to 350°F.

  2. Brush all sides of apple halves with oil; place cut-side down on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until soft but not mushy, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn broiler to high.

  3. Meanwhile, stir brown sugar, butter, pecans and cinnamon together in a small bowl.

  4. Using the bottom of a mason jar or other sturdy glass, flatten each apple half. Divide the cinnamon-sugar mixture among the apples. Broil until the pecans are browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
5g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 110IU 2%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 114mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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