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Microwave Baked Apples

These microwave baked apples will satisfy your sweet tooth in just 5 minutes or less. It’s like a miniature apple pie, without spending all day in the kitchen.

You can even top it off with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with caramel sauce. Yum!

Close Up of Cinnamon-Spiced Microwave Baked Apples in a Glass Dish on a Table with Fresh Apples and Cinnamon Sticks in the Background

All you need are a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Apples, butter, and cinnamon.

You can also use sweetener (maple syrup, honey, Splenda, Stevia, or brown sugar) but it’s completely optional. The apples are packed with a natural sweetness that’s hard to beat. Plus, the cinnamon gives it a warm, festive flavor.

We often think that the the best desserts can only be made in the oven. But there are a lot of tasty treats that you can whip up in the microwave! Perfect for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to fire up the oven.

These baked apples are perfect for an evening treat after dinner.

But they’re also great for breakfast. On top of oatmeal, pancakes, or crepes. You can also add raisins or chopped nuts.

It’s amazing how whole, fresh apples turn into a warm, satisfying dessert after just a few minutes in the microwave.

Top View of Peeled and Chopped Apple Pieces in a Glass Dish on a Wooden Cutting Board on a White Marble Table

How to Make Microwaved Apples

Core and chop your apple into bite-size pieces. I love Gala apples, but you can use just about anything. Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith all work well for baking.

Mix in some melted butter, cinnamon, and sweetener of choice. Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes depending on how tender you want them to be.

I like mine to still have a little bit of crunch so I usually microwave them for 2 minutes. But if you want yours a little more cooked, 3 to 4 minutes will do the trick.

Of course, the cook time will also be dependent on the size of your apples and the wattage of your microwave.

Once they’re ready, let the apples cool for a few minutes and then finish it off with your desired toppings. I personally love a scoop of ice cream on top. You can also use whipped cream.

And of course, it’s also delicious all by itself. Who knew that fruits could be so tasty!

So, what’s the difference between microwave baked apples and oven-baked apples?

In the microwave, baked apples actually come out a lot more attractive than they do in the oven. The apples keep more of their color and shape. Plus, the juices don’t evaporate from the dish.

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Super Close Up of Microwave Baked Apples with Cinnamon in a Glass Dish with a Scoop of Melty Vanilla Ice Cream

Toppings & Variations

You can also top these off with craisins, maple syrup, or a bit of honey. Or, if you’re feeling more like apple pie, you can top it off with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.

These microwave apples make the perfect treat. I especially enjoy them as a late night snack.

Plus, there’s really no wrong way to bake an apple in the microwave. It’s super quick, easy, and delicious.

Experiment with all of your favorite toppings.

You can make them one at a time – you’re very own personalized treat.

Or several for the whole family. Bake them whole or sliced. And feel free to add the sweetener of your choice. (Honey, Maple Syrup, Stevia, Splenda, or brown sugar). Or enjoy the natural sweetness of the baked apples.

Have you baked apples in the microwave or oven? If so, let me know in the comments.

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

Microwave Baked Apples



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  • 1 apple

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp butter

  • sweetener (optional)


  • Core and chop your apple into bite-size pieces. Firm apples such as Gala, Fuji, Honey Crisp, or Granny Smith work best.
  • In a bowl, mix together the chopped apples, butter, and sweetener. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
  • Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes depending on how soft you want your apples to be.
  • Enjoy! You can top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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