Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans

by Lana Stuart on September 25, 2012 · 15 comments

Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans

It’s almost apple picking time here in north Georgia! One of the nicest weekend afternoons you could possibly ask for in this part of the country is spending a day driving into the mountains and stopping at all the little apple stands. It’s the time of year when the air is clear, the light is bright, the leaves are gloriously colored, and fresh apples are everywhere you look. It’s really a not-to-be-missed annual rite in these parts.

One of my favorite apple treats that I look forward each Fall is baked apples. Sometimes I bake them simply with a pat of butter, some sugar, and cinnamon. But sometimes I take it up a notch and top them with a mixture of dried cranberry and pecans, orange marmalade and brown sugar. Delicious!

To make these perfect little Fall treats, choose apples that will hold their shape well during baking. I used Gala but Rome and Braeburn work well, too. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Stuffing Mix for Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans

In a small bowl, mix together all the filling ingredients – chopped pecans, dried cranberries, orange marmalade, and brown sugar. Wow. Could there be a better combination? I don’t think so.

Now, cut the apples in half and scoop out the core. I like to use a grapefruit spoon for that. Those serrated edges clean the core out nicely.

Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans

Next set the apple halves in a small baking dish and top each with 1/4 of the pecan-cranberry mixture. Top each with a pat of butter.

Pop the dish in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the apples are tender. Be sure to baste them every once in a while with some of the pan juices.

Serve them just as they are, or with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans
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A perfect Fall treat! Baked apples topped with a pecan and cranberry filling.
Serves: 2 servings
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tblsp. orange marmalade
  • 1 tblsp. brown sugar
  • 2 baking apples
  • 2 tblsp. butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the pecans, cranberries, orange marmalade, and brown sugar. Stir together until well mixed. Set aside.
  3. Halve and remove the core from the apples. Place the halves, cut side up, in a baking dish.
  4. Top each apple half with some of the pecan-cranberry mixture and a pat of butter.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Baste occasionally with accumulated pan juices.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Use apples that hold their shape for this recipe. Suggestions - Rome, Gala, or Braeburn. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miss P September 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Looks fabulous. Do you think that the apples would like to have a date with both pound cake and vanilla ice cream? Sounds like a combo made in Heaven.

Miss P


2 Lana September 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I’m sure they’d get along fabulously!


3 Terra September 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

This weekend I finalized my fun Michigan trip by enjoying a day at my families apple barn. It was a place I loved visiting, and the treats were pretty fantastic too:-) So this time of year makes me happy, love love cooking/baking with apples:-) I adore your recipe! My hubby tries to not have so much bread in his diet, so this would be a perfect dessert for us! Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra


4 Lana September 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Hope you and your husband will try and enjoy this recipe, Terra! It’s definitely one of our favorites.


5 Deborah September 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

I can’ t wait to go apple picking!! We don’t do baked apples a lot, but I’m thinking that needs to change asap!


6 Lana September 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

There are so many great toppings for baked apples. They’re a long-time Fall favorite here.


7 icakepops September 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

Great idea . . . Simple, elegant and delicious!


8 Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) September 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

Baked apples are my all-time favorite fall dessert! I trick myself into thinking it’s a healthy dessert alternative … when I top it off with a giant scoop of vanilla bean ice cream :)


9 Lana September 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Vanilla bean ice cream makes everything better :-)


10 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos September 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Confession: I have never made baked apples. I remember early on in my “cooking attempt” days to try to nuke one and that came out HORRIBLY. I think some baked apple experiments need to be on my fall radar :) Thanks Lana!


11 Lana September 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I hope you’ll give them another try, Aly. They’re so easy and so good. Lots of nice toppings for them, too.


12 Alison @ ingredients, Inc. September 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm

i love baked apples! We used to have them all the time growing up!


13 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Full of fall comfort! Sigh….


14 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen September 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I LOVE baked apples! I am so bummed that here in Illinois our apple crop was damaged during the cold spring temperatures so there is no apple picking to be found! Looks like I just need to pick up some from the grocery store to make these. :)


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