Caramelized Apples

Caramelized Apples

This caramelized apple recipe will be your go-to the next time you need an easy-to-make delicious dessert or sweet topping in a hurry.
  • Preparation:
  • Cooking:
  • Total:
  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Step 3

    Add the apples to the pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
  4. Step 4

    Sauté the apples, frequently stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes until they just begin to turn tender. Be careful not to overcook, or the apples will begin to fall apart and become mushy. 
  5. Step 5

    Sprinkle the apples with the remaining sugar, the cinnamon, and lemon zest. Toss the mixture gently and cook over medium heat for an additional 2 minutes until the sugar begins to caramelize and the apples are crisp-tender.
  6. Step 6

    Transfer the apples with a slotted spoon from the skillet to a serving bowl.
  7. Step 7

    Turn the heat up to high and add the apple cider to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits.
  8. Step 8

    Reduce the heat slightly and allow the cider and the pan juices to simmer for 1 to 3 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
  9. Step 9

    If you want a thicker sauce, dissolve the cornstarch in a teaspoon of water and stir the slurry into the sauce. Cook the sauce for a few minutes, allowing it to thicken. Taste before serving to make sure the cornstarch is cooked through; if not it will have a raw, grainy, unpleasant taste.
  10. Step 10

    Pour the finished sauce over the warm apples and serve immediately.