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Sep 06

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

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These quick and easy warm Stovetop Cinnamon Apples are perfectly sweet, delicious, and so versatile. I love how fast these come together, and there are so many ways to serve them! These tasty warm apples work great on their own as a side dish, snack or dessert. They taste decadent when topped with a dollop of whipped cream or served over ice cream. They take breakfast up a notch when used as a topping for yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, or pancakes. There are so many possibilities!

Not only can these Stovetop Cinnamon Apples be used in a variety of ways, they also just taste and smell amazing. My three-year-old can be resistant to trying new things, but the first time I made these she gobbled them right up! The little bit of light butter, the cinnamon, and the brown sugar give these apples rich flavor. As you cook them, a sauce forms around the apples giving them the consistency and flavor of warm apple pie filling. Apple pie filling definitely needs to be part of my every day life on a more regular basis, so if you feel the same way, this recipe is for you! Plus, a serving of these Stovetop Cinnamon Apples is just 150 calories or 3 WW Points (a serving is 6 WW Points if following the diabetic WW Plan). To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples in bowls

Serving Size

You’ll notice I said the serving size for these apples is “around” ½ cup. I’m not trying to be vague, it just really depends on the size of the apples you use! I suggest using medium to large apples for this recipe, but obviously apple sizes vary, so your servings may be slightly bigger or smaller accordingly.

What types of apples should be used?

Honestly, I think most apple types will work well in this recipe, as long as they come in a medium-to-large size. If you use a variety with smaller sized apples, you may want to use 5 apples instead of four in the recipe (I do this with Empires). You can change up the flavors a bit by using a combination of sweet and tart apples, or just focusing on one or the other. Some varieties I have used or think would work well are:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Empire
  • Granny Smith (good mixed with a sweeter variety)
  • Pink Lady
  • McIntosh
  • Gala

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples in a pan

Alternate Sweeteners

I’m sure some of you are wondering about using alternate sweeteners in your Stovetop Cinnamon Apples. I love the flavor the brown sugar the apples and sauce, but you can certainly use an alternate sweetener if you prefer. I know Truvia and Splenda both have brown sugar blends that combine their sweeteners with brown sugar to offer brown sugar flavor with less calories. I do recommend checking the conversion charts if using one of these products, because I believe for both of them you’ll want to use half the amount to get the same level of sweetness. Using the a tablespoon of the Splenda blend will leave the WW SmartPoints at 2 SP per serving, but using a tablespoon of the Truvia brown sugar blend will reduce the SmartPoints per serving to 1 SP. Alternatively, for a zero calorie brown sugar substitute I’ve heard some good things about Swerve sweetener’s brown variety. The Swerve substitute also measures just like brown sugar, so you can use the same amount called for in the recipe. Using 2 tablespoons of Swerve Brown sweetener will reduce the SmartPoints per serving to 1 SP.

Looking for more tasty, lightened up recipes using apples? Check out my Apple and Brie Stuffed Chicken, Puff Pancake Bake with Warm Apple Topping, Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork, Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Chicken Bacon Apple Cheddar Wraps, Baked Stuffed Apples, Sausage Apple Cheddar Frittata, Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Cups, Apple Cheddar Turkey Wraps, Broccoli Salad, Cheesy Apple Walnut Bruschetta, Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts, Slow Cooker Applesauce, Stuffed Acorn Squash, and more in the Apples ingredient listing in my recipe index!

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Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

These quick and easy warm Stovetop Cinnamon Apples are perfectly sweet, delicious, and so versatile!


  • 1 tablespoon light butter, (I use Land O’Lakes light butter spread with canola oil)
  • 1 tablespoon + ⅓ cup water
  • 4 medium to large apples, peeled and sliced to ¼” - ½” thick
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Place the butter and a tablespoon of the water into a sauté pan and bring over medium heat until butter is melted. Add the sliced apples and stir to coat with the butter. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes to soften the apples. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until combined. Add this mixture to the apples along with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir until well combined. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until the apples are tender and the sauce is thickened.


To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
WW Points per (about ½ cup) serving: 3 (Points calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
*6 Points per serving if following the diabetic plan
Nutrition Information per (about ½ cup) serving:
150 calories, 36 g carbs, 28 g sugars, 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 1 g protein, 5 g fiber, 27 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (about ½ cup) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 2 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per (about ½ cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)

30 comments on “Stovetop Cinnamon Apples”

  1. Your recipes are always the best.  I am lifetime ww and always look to you for my meals.   Thank you 5 stars

  2. Have you ever frozen these?

  3. I know that Land o Lakes has regrettably discontinued their light butter in stick form. How do you like using their light spread in recipes? I’ve been hesitant to try it but this recipe sounds heavenly and I look forward to making it!

  4. These cinnamon apples are awesome.  I have made them several times already and took some to a neighbor as a gift.  Thank you Emily!  5 stars

  5. Just made these apples today with honeycrisp apples and they smell delicious. Can’t wait to have them with my yogurt tomorrow.5 stars

  6. This recipe is easy to put together and tastes great! I paired it with pork tenderloin green beans and rosemary balsamic roasted sweet potatoes!5 stars

  7. This was so delicious paired with a bone in pork roast! I used splenda brown and a dash of vanilla bean paste at the end with an extra pat of salted butter. The sauce got more luxurious after letting it sit for a bit while roast in the oven…easy and delicious!5 stars

  8. How can I store these and for how long. 

  9. Hi there

    I have noticed that you have not answered 2 people about freezing & how long they can be stored for & how .. fridge? freezer, etc ..
    can you please advise because many of us would like to know. Thanks so much, Lucy

    • Hi Lucy, I really can’t advise about freezing this recipe, because since it only makes four servings my family always gobbles it right up! It does keep in the fridge for a few days for sure. I do not freeze a lot of leftovers (I even dedicated a section of my FAQ page to the fact that I’m not a big freezer and won’t have generally tried it for most recipes) so I’m sorry I don’t have any direct experience on that for this recipe. If you decide to try it out please report back on how it freezes! Thanks for your comment.

  10. These are wonderful they taste just like Cracker Barrel’s or better! Super easy to make!

  11. Very good I cut back o something s and add a little extra try with hard pears yummy5 stars

  12. Easy to make, but there’s nothing special about the recipe and I shouldn’t have been surprised when it fell short of expectations. Sorry to report that the friend I shared the apples with, still warm from the pan, on vanilla ice cream said we might as well have opened a can of cheap apple pie filling. We both found them “blah.”  2 stars

  13. I made this today and canned some came out wonderfully tasting and smell is just great!! Whole house smells like apples and cinnamon5 stars

  14. I liked your recipe and have now shared it with family members. I liked sautéing the apples. I did add 1/4 t of nutmeg and 1/2 t or less of grated lime as well for a little more character.

    The second time I made it – I added the crisp topping of a French apple pie for another variation.

    Thank you Emily for sharing4 stars

  15. This was excellent and super easy. I diced the apples instead of slicing and I also used regular butter. I can’t belive anyone would call this recipe “blah”. If your apples came out bland, maybe you didn’t use apples that were sweet enough. I also suggest cooking longer both when cooking just the apples in butter and after adding everything else. The more you cook down the apples, the sweeter they will get. This is true for many fruits because cooking them concentrates their natural sugar.

    I’ve been cooking for at least 35 years and can easily adjust stuff to my own taste. If something isn’t to your taste, adjust it. Add more cinnamon, use regular butter or add more sugar. It’s an easy fix. I always use recipes as a starting point.5 stars

    • Your reply to another about using recipe as a starting point was right on! I cannot believe how people complain about some things without trying anything else other than exactly what recipe calls for. Just trust your tastes & imagination! Cooking allows that!5 stars

    • Excellent advice Tina 

  16. Dear Emily Bites,

    I made your cinnamon apples today using the Disney baby gala apples and they are delicious!! Thank you for this easy and wonderfully delicious recipe!!5 stars

  17. Great recipe! Looking forward to trying today. Thank you so much for sharing.5 stars

  18. Just tried it and it was simple and easy. Tastes good too! Can’t wait to eat it, it’s still hot.5 stars

  19. These apples are heavenly! I didn’t have cornstarch so I used all-purpose flour instead. Yum!5 stars

  20. I just used the apples in my produce drawer and simmered them in apple cider with some cinnamon red hot candy, butter, and brown sugar then thickened with the cornstarch in apple cider. I may put some raisins in my leftovers, just because I can. . .5 stars

  21. Hi Emily, I know it’s not fall, but this recipe has me craving all things autumn! I absolutely love the flavor of apples and cinnamon, so I can’t wait to try these. Of course, I’m sure they’re best with freshly-picked fall apples. But store-bought will have to do for now! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  22. This recipe was just a time & temp guide. I did use all the ingredients, started with pealing the apples & added about 1 1/2 lemon to keep my apples perky (Honey Crisp 3 large), added 1 TBS real vanilla, slow simmered everything for 10 minutes to caramelize the apples.

  23. Oops…that was lemon juice…my bad. Still very yummy & was a perfect addition to Butter Pecan Ice Cream

  24. My whole family wanted seconds! Next time I’ll double it.5 stars

  25. When I worked in hospital many years ago there was a side dish served to patients similar to your recipe but appeared to also have sliced sweet potatoes too, never tasted it myself, bummer!  Ever heard of such a thing?  I’m old now and after losing 80 lbs I don’t worry about calories anymore.  Yeah!  (Cancer is the best diet but side effects are hell!) hubby and I both love your yummy recipes.  Thank you!  

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