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Cinnamon Stewed Apples

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, recipe for red apples, red hot cinnamon apples, Southern Stewed Apples
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Barbara


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


  • Wash, peel and core apples. Cut halves into 5 or 6 equal-sized slices.
  • In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, cinnamon and red food coloring to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add sliced apples to the sauce; raise heat to bring the sauce back to a boil.
  • Boil uncovered for 5 to 8 additional minutes or until apples are fork tender and soft; stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Serve hot, warm or cold.


  • 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


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