Wow! Hasselback Apples

August 12, 2015 | By | Comments (52)

We’re big, big fans of the hasselback technique. We’ve had smashing success with both baking potatoes and sweet potatoes—the thin, partial slices on top get delightfully crisp while the base remains tender, an infused oil or chipotle cream painted in between the slices. Hasselbacked apples (happlebacks!) were the logical next step—cinnamon-sugar butter between the layers, a crispy streusel sprinkle, and a dollop of ice cream on top. Simple, easy to make ahead, and delicious. I wonder what we’ll hasselback next?

Hands-on: 15 min. Total: 60 min.
Choose firm apples with sweet-tart flavor, such as Pink Lady or Honeycrisp; in our tests, Fuji and Granny Smith fell apart.

2 large firm apples, peeled, cored, and halved vertically
Cooking spray
4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
2½ tablespoons butter, melted and divided
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1½ cups low-fat vanilla ice cream

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Starting at the outermost edges, cut most (but not all) of the way through each apple half at 1/8-inch intervals. Place apple halves, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon; brush mixture evenly over apple.

3. Cover pan with foil; bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove pan from oven; cool 10 minutes.

4. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining 1½ tablespoons butter, remaining ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, oats, flour, and salt. Carefully fan open apple halves. Spoon oat mixture evenly over apples. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn broiler to high (leave pan in oven); broil 2 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

SERVES 4 (serving size: 1 apple half and about 1/3 cup ice cream)
CALORIES 260; FAT 9.2g (sat 5.4g, mono 1.9g, poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 3g; CARB 43g; FIBER 3g; CHOL 23mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 222mg; CALC 99mg


Make Ahead Tip: Cook apples in advance, but hold off on step 4. Cool and refrigerate baked apples until ready to serve; then top with streusel and bake as directed.

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  1. Deb Hollander

    Does anyone know the sugars in the nutritional values?

    May 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  2. Thaniya

    I just topped my apple recipe with cherries and spread little honey…..yeah it was seriously awesome…..

    Any ways your recipe sounds nice:)

    March 31, 2016 at 5:11 am
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  5. Rachel

    Thanks for this lovely recipe. I will definitely try it ( after some adjustments as I am a diabetic person). I like the taste of cinnamon too.
    Keep posting your great recipes. Deliciousssss!!!

    January 21, 2016 at 7:19 pm
  6. Lori Miller

    I have diabetes and need lighter desserts to make but they must have good taste. I hate nasty diet food. Thanks!!!

    December 18, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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    Hugh apple harvest in CT this year! This is an upscale version of apple crisp wonderful to bake individually for dinner party. I will try it today🍎🍎🍎

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    I’ve got to try this!

    October 28, 2015 at 9:12 am
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  15. Holly

    You had me until the rolled oats…Might try this recipe w/o oats

    October 14, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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    Gracias me encantan sus recetas


    September 17, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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  25. Melissa

    Just made this and it is delicious!! I used Granny Smith apples and I recommend them, they turn outburst ing with flavor!

    September 12, 2015 at 9:06 pm
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    Reblogged this on Natalee Embry and commented:
    O M G! I love fall weather and all the yummy treats from the earths bounty! This is a MUST try recipe! Trust me you are going to love it!!!!

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  28. Τηλεφωνικό Σεξ

    Thanks for sharing! I have tasted that recipe and I am going to share it on my page

    August 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm
  29. Eileen

    The measurements in the video and the ones in the recipe are different from each other…..

    August 29, 2015 at 11:29 am
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  32. K9

    This maybe light cooking but they are certainly not low carb or diabetic friendly

    August 25, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  33. Polly

    “Click on “Hasselback Apples” just below the video, and you’ll be taken to the printable recipe page.” WOW. Why on earth would you make finding a print version so difficult? I mean, how would the average person know to click there?

    August 25, 2015 at 11:07 am
  34. eliza riddle

    Some types of apples naturally cook to mush….Wolf Rivers come to mind, and are good for apple butter. Other types tend to stay in pieces and don’t cook up. The ones that don’t cook up needs to be used in this recipe.
    Christa Thespian-Echos, there is a brown sugar/Splenda mix that would help make the recipe lighter. I find it in my local Food City store, but I guess other grocery stores have it as well. I’ve used it in a lot of recipes calling for brown sugar.

    August 25, 2015 at 8:04 am
  35. Christa Thespian-Echos

    With all the brown sugar and butter you use this is not a very light and fit recipe…just saying.

    August 23, 2015 at 9:37 am
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  37. JMP

    For those who mentioned NOT WANTING TO use the oven in warmer weather;
    try the electric fry skillet that you plug in, they can heat high enough and
    definitely less heat than the oven , in your kitchen, with same results,
    can always do a quick top broil in a toaster oven. Of course without these 2 items,
    it wouldn’t work, but I thought it would be shorter time than CROCK POT,
    I imagine the above temperatures mentioned are good for a Sweet Potato;
    maybe turning the temperature a little lower like 350 would work for Granny Smith.
    Also if you put your potato in a large tablespoon, when you slice the wedges the
    spoon’s rim keeps you from slices all the way through to the bottom accidently.
    You can us a large wooden Spoon, which I think works best.
    Hope this helps someone. I think you also can put several apple’s that are fanned
    side by side on top of the stove in a higher side fry pan with lid, at a lower temperature
    and covered, you wouldn’t have to heat up you oven this way, either! Maybe on medium.
    Adjust as you watch it’s progress.

    August 17, 2015 at 11:29 pm
  38. celeste

    What about the seeds?

    August 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm
  39. GR

    If you people would watch the video, some of your questions would be answered. Just sayin’.

    August 17, 2015 at 11:20 am
  40. Karin

    Made these for dessert tonight. They are excellent! The only changes I made were I put a layer of the crumble under each apple and I used whip cream instead of ice cream. Definitely will become one of my easy delicious go to recipes.

    August 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm
  41. Leslie

    I read through the whole recipe and am left confused in the 2 spots that have? where there maybe should be a number?

    August 16, 2015 at 5:22 pm
  42. judyhebertknight

    Would it be possible to cook this in a crock pot? I don’t have a/c and it’s too hot to turn the oven on to bake anything. If not, I will definitely make this when the weather gets cooler. Thanks so much for the great recipes.

    August 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm
  43. Sydnie7

    So you bake them cut side down but then flip cut side up for the final steps?

    August 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm
  44. Sandy kirby

    I just want to be able to just Print this recipe Only . Can it be done or not

    August 15, 2015 at 8:38 am
    • Kimberly Holland

      Hi Sandy,
      Yes, it can be printed. Click on “Hasselback Apples” just below the video, and you’ll be taken to the printable recipe page. Hope that helps!

      August 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm
  45. Helena Kruger

    Great recipes & love the magazine!

    August 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm
  46. Sandy Kirby

    I am like Barb where can it be printed

    August 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm
  47. Barb

    Is there any where I can print this recipe off. It looks sooo good

    August 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm
    • Kimberly Holland

      Hi Barb,
      Yes, it can be printed. Click on “Hasselback Apples” just below the video, and you’ll be taken to the printable recipe page. Hope that helps!

      August 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm
  48. CS

    You might want to amend the recipe to bake the apples in a broiler-safe pan. I’d hate to see the explosion with a glass baking dish! Otherwise, it sounds really good.

    August 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm
  49. Denise McMullin

    The for the great recipes. There easy and Healthy

    August 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm
  50. Gladys lopera

    Se ve muy rico lo voy a preparar

    August 12, 2015 at 8:17 pm

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