Quick & Easy Stewed Apples

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How to Stew Apples

Stewed apples have been a favorite of my entire family for years and this recipe is so easy and comes out absolutely perfect! Plus, I would guess you probably have the majority of these ingredients already in your pantry.

Peeled apple next to dish of apples

I have used a variety of apples to make this and have yet to be disappointed. My son prefers that I make this dish with Granny Smith’s and my daughters prefer Gala or Fuji apples.

The one thing that I make sure to always do is to slice the apples as thin as possible. This helps keep them nice and tender. When I make these for my family specifically I will go as far as to chop them up into smaller chunks so they are nice and tender for our littlest ones.

Bowl of stewed apples with vanilla ice cream

This is definitely one of my favorite go-to side items, but don’t be fooled. You can also use these delicious stewed apples to top your vanilla ice cream which is absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! There is something extra special about the way the warm stewed apples start to melt down the ice cream. One of my other favorite ways to enjoy these is with fresh whipped cream.

Remember you can always tweak this recipe to your liking as well. Sometimes when the apples are a little more tart I will add just a small amount of sugar. Other times if I want to kick the cinnamon up a little bit I will increase that measurement as well.

Final Thoughts

This is a great recipe to keep around for potlucks, family dinner night, or just because. I will also mention that I often double this recipe so I can have plenty of leftovers because these are even more wonderful when they’ve had a chance to sit and let the flavors meld together, plus they are super easy to reheat either in the microwave or on the stove.

Before and after how to stew apples

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Quick & Easy Stewed Apples

If you are looking for a recipe for stewed apples then look no further! This recipe is perfect as a delicious side item or an extra sweet topping with some ice cream and it's so easy.
4.65 / 5 ( 56 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


  • 5 quart pot



  • Peel and core apples. Then slice or chop in a uniform size. The thinner they are, the more tender they'll be (and cook faster too). You should have about 7 cups of apples sliced up.
  • In a large 5 quart pot, mix together sugars and cornstarch. Gradually stir in water and heat over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to turn opaque.
  • Add butter and cinnamon, mixing well until it reaches a light boil.
  • Add apples and stir, coating apples with sugar mixture. You may be worried that the sauce is too thick, but it will thin out as apples simmer. Cover, simmer, and stir occasionally on low for about 20-30 minutes, or until apples reach desired tenderness.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Serve warm.
  • Leftovers should be stored covered securely in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Enjoy as a side dish, or serve as an ice cream topping, or as the main dessert with whipped cream on top!


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 96mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 33g
Ingredients: Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Cornstarch, Granulated Sugar, Water
Meal Type: Desserts, Side Dish, #StayHome, Christmas, Fall, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Winter
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Fruits, Stove Top

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