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Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans

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Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans takes an all-time fall favorite up a notch. Imagine a warm, tender apple with cranberries and pecans in every bite.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Finished baked apples on a serving plate.

My recipe for Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans takes an all-time fall favorite up a notch. Just imagine a warm, tender apple with cranberries and pecans in every bite sweetened with orange marmalade for good measure. Top that with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and, wow!

It’s 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.

Finished baked apples on a serving plate.

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 really is a not-to-be-missed annual rite in these parts.

One of my favorite apple treats and the one that I most look forward to each autumn is baked apples. Sometimes I bake them simply with a pat of butter, some sugar, and cinnamon. But sometimes I take it to the next level and top them with a mixture of dried cranberries and pecans, orange marmalade, and brown sugar. Add a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and that’s my idea of the perfect dessert!

Ingredient Notes

  • Pecans (Pecans are my favorite and are one of our great Georgia agricultural products. However, you can always substitute walnuts or simply omit the nuts if you prefer.)
  • Dried Cranberries (Give a lovely sweet-tart taste to the baked apples.)
  • Orange Marmalade (Together with the cranberries, the orange marmalade adds a bit of holiday flavor.)
  • Baking Apples (Choose a variety that holds its shape well for baking. I’ve chosen Golden Delicious in this recipe. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Winesap are a few other good baking apples.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the Filling Mixture

Small glass bowl with cranberries, pecans, and orange marmalade.

In a small bowl, mix together all the chopped pecans, dried cranberries, orange marmalade, and brown sugar.

Prep the Apples

Cut the apples in half and scoop out the core.

COOK’S TIP 
You can use a melon baller to remove the core from the apple halves. I often use a grapefruit spoon with serrated edges to quickly remove the core. Be careful not to cut too deeply into the apple. You don’t want to create a hole for the filling to slip through.

Top the Apple Halves with Filling and Butter

Prepared apples in a baking dish.

Set the apple halves, cut side up, in a small baking dish. Fill each apple cavity with ¼ of the pecan-cranberry mixture. Top each with a pat of butter.

Bake until Tender

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

COOK’S TIP 
How to baste the apples — Simply remove the dish from the oven and spoon some of the juices accumulated in the baking dish over the top of the apples.

Remove from the oven and let rest for about 15 minutes.

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

Finished baked apples on a serving plate.

FAQs

Can this recipe be made ahead?

You can easily make this recipe ahead. Prepare everything up to the baking step and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When ready to bake, let it come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) and proceed with the recipe.

Can I use fresh cranberries?

I do recommend the dried cranberries for this recipe. If you want to use fresh cranberries, they’d need to be cooked first and then combined with the other filling ingredients.

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Finished baked apples on a serving plate.

Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans

Baked Apples with Cranberries and Pecans takes an all-time fall favorite up a notch. Imagine a warm, tender apple with cranberries and pecans in every bite.
4.72 from 7 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 baking apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine the pecans, cranberries, orange marmalade, and brown sugar. Stir together until well mixed. Set aside.
  • Halve and remove the core from the apples. Place the halves, cut side up, in a baking dish.
  • Fill each apple half with some of the pecan-cranberry mixture and a pat of butter.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Baste occasionally with accumulated pan juices.
  • Remove from oven and allow to stand for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Notes

Ingredients —
  • Pecans are my favorite and are one of our great Georgia agricultural products. However, you can always substitute walnuts or simply omit the nuts if you prefer.
  • Baking Apples (Choose a variety that holds its shape well for baking. I’ve chosen Golden Delicious in this recipe. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Winesap are a few other good baking apples.)
Tips —
  • You can use a melon baller to remove the core from the apple halves. I often use a grapefruit spoon with serrated edges to quickly remove the core. Be careful not to cut too deeply into the apple. You don’t want to create a hole for the filling to slip through.
  • How to baste apples — Simply remove the dish from the oven and spoon some of the juices accumulated in the baking dish over the top of the apples.
  • To make ahead, prepare everything up to the baking step and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When ready to bake, let it come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) and proceed with the recipe.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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14 Comments

  1. 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. :)

  2. 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!

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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

  5. 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