Cinnamon Stewed Apples – A Stewed Apple Recipe with Cinnamon

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My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples, sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you’ll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.

Cinnamon Stewed Apple Recipe

Have you been looking for a recipe for red apples? Look no farther than these stewed apples with a perfect cinnamon flavor and rosy red color. I would compare the flavor and texture of these to a red hot cinnamon apple recipe.

This recipe originates from my Wilson Family Farm Cook Book. Now that I realize how easy these cooked apples are to make, I will be whipping them up often since my kids loved them so much.

Using the stove-top to stew these makes it a fast process from start to finish. The ingredients are simple – water, sugar, cinnamon, apples and red food coloring (optional).

Rosy Cinnamon Apples

My favorite part of these old fashioned cinnamon apples is the pretty rosy color.

I mean there’s nothing wrong with regular brown cinnamon apples because they still taste great. BUT, the beautiful color of these red cinnamon apples just makes them more fun to eat.

Is that possible? I think so, especially when feeding children.

This momma says do whatever it takes to help make dinner time smoother. If that means adding a couple drops of food coloring to your easy stewed apples, then by all means, go for it.

How To Make Stewed Apples with Cinnamon

  1. Peel, core and cut apples into small slices.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar, cinnamon and red food coloring (optional) to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add apple slices, bring sauce back up to a boil and continue to cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until apples are cooked and tender. Stir occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat, and let the syrup thicken as it sets.
  5. Serve hot with ice cream. Or serve them warm or even cold.

For the full instructions and ingredient amounts for Rosy Stewed Apples, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Ingredient List for Easy Stewed Apples

What do I need to make stewed apples?

Apples, peeled, cored and sliced

Sugar

Water

Ground Cinnamon

Red Food Coloring (optional)

Notes About Southern Stewed Apples

  • If you have large apples, use 3 to 4, or if they are medium to small, use 5 or 6.
  • Be sure to slice the apples in uniform sizes. If not the texture will be different from apple to apple.
  • Red food coloring is optional. It does color the apples to make a perfect rosy stewed apple. Check out our Amazon Store’s Pantry Essential List for our choice with no artificial dyes.
  • Wanting to make a red hot cinnamon apple recipe yet have no red hots?  This southern stewed apple recipe is very similar in outcome to a red hot cinnamon apple.
  • Love extra cinnamon-flavored? Feel free to add more than the 1/2 teaspoon this recipe calls for.


What’s the best type of apple to make stewed apples?

Jonathon apples are a great choice of apple variety when making old fashioned cinnamon apples or stewed apples; however, my grandma would say to use whatever type of apples you have on hand.

My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.

Old Fashioned Apple Recipes

Grandma’s Apple Crisp (no oats)

Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp recipe is a traditional apple crisp without oats. The melt-in-your-mouth crumble topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more.

Sour Cream Apple Squares

Grandma's Sour Cream Apple Squares is an old-fashioned dessert that will have your family begging for more.  These delicious bars have two layers including a creamy apple layer and a sweet brown sugar crust. Serve these with whipped cream just like our Grandma did.

Apple Cheesecake Salad

No Bake Apple Cheesecake Salad is a six layer, no bake dessert that features a list of the best dessert ingredients: peanut butter, graham crackers, apple pie filling, whipped topping, and cream cheese.  This easy fluff recipe will be a hit at your next party or get-together. 

Caramel Apple Cake

Make this yummy Old-Fashioned apple cake with caramel sauce and leave it in the refrigerator overnight and you will have a delicious dessert on your hands.

Caramel Apple Crisp Bars 

Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 

Minnesota Apple Crisp 

Minnesota Apple Crisp is a hundred year old apple crisp recipe without oats.  With only five ingredients, the most basic cook can handle this recipe.  This recipe has been a favorite for generations and will continue to be in your family. 

Cinnamon Stewed Apples - A Stewed Apple Recipe with Cinnamon

My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with just a few simple ingredients and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon apples, Cinnamon Stewed Apples, old fashioned cinnamon apples, old fashioned stewed apples, recipe for red apples, red hot cinnamon apples, Southern Stewed Apples, stewed apples with cinnamon
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 5 medium apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 10 drops red food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and core apples. Cut halves into 5 or 6 equal-sized slices.
    My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.
  • In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, cinnamon and red food coloring to a boil over high heat.
    My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
    My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.
  • Add sliced apples to the sauce; raise heat to bring the sauce back to a boil.
    My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.
  • Boil uncovered for 5 to 8 additional minutes or until apples are fork tender and soft; stirring occasionally.
    My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Serve hot, warm or cold.
    My kids love these rosy red Cinnamon Stewed Apples for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made with apples sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on the stove-top in a matter of minutes, you'll find yourself adding these to your weekly menu rotation.

Notes

  • If you have large apples, use 3 to 4, or if they are medium to small, use 5 or 6.
  • Be sure to slice the apples in uniform sizes. If not the texture will be different from apple to apple. 
  • Red food coloring is optional. It does color the apples to make a perfect rosy stewed apple.
  • Wanting to make a red hot cinnamon apple recipe yet have no red hots?  This southern stewed apple recipe is very similar in outcome to a red hot cinnamon apple. 
  • Love extra cinnamon-flavored? Feel free to add more than the 1/2 teaspoon this recipe calls for. 
  • Try Grandma's Apple Crisp (it's famous) and Sour Cream Apple Squares

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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2 Comments

  1. I make these but I use red hots or cinnamon imperials instead of cinnamon.
    Cinnamon Apples

    3 lb. Jonathon Apples*
    1 cup water
    2 cups sugar
    ½ cup cinnamon red hots or imperials
    Red food coloring

    Cook water, sugar, red hots and food coloring until it comes to a boil and red hots begin to melt. Then turn off heat.

    Peel and cut apples into quarters. Put into red syrup and turn heat on high. Stir frequently for even coloring of apples. Let the syrup come to a full boil – until it almost runs over, then turn heat down to medium and continue cooking until apples have absorbed red color and are tender. Gently ladle apples into a glass dish and cool. Garnish with pecans.

    • Other varieties of apples can be used, including Jonagold.

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