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Cast Iron Cinnamon Apples

Cast Iron Cinnamon Apple Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Cast Iron Cinnamon Apples is a delicious side dish to your favorite meal or as a dessert over vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients to make cinnamon apples in a cast iron skillet

Are some apples better for cooking? 

Absolutely! The different apple varieties are used for three different purposes. Those three purposes include eating, juicing and, the one I will be doing in this recipe, cooking.

How do you tell if an apple is a cooking apple?

Some apples are sweet while others are tart. Some variety of apples may be crisp while other varieties may have a softer texture. My preference is to use both tart and sweet apples when I cook with them. Cooking apples are generally larger and can be more tart than apples that are bred for eating. Enter the Granny Smith Apple and the Gala Apple varieties. The combination of these apples blend a fantastic tart and sweet flavor together for a delicious side dish.

What’s in Cast Iron Cinnamon Apples?

  • apples
  • butter
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom
  • apple cider vinegar

There are several ways to prepare apples including: using the slow cooker, baking, and in pies to name a few. I, personally, really enjoy making this delicious side dish in a cast iron skillet.

Here are the steps for how to make Cast Iron Cinnamon Apples.

Slicing Apples
Peel and slice the Granny Smith and Gala apples. Set aside. Heat a 10″ cast iron skillet on medium heat
Sliced apples in a bowl
Combine the butter, brown sugar, cardamom, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon.  Add to skillet and cook until melted together.
Brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, cardamom and apple cider vinegar in cast iron skillet
Fold apples into the mixture. Stir apples occasionally to fully coat them in the mixture.
Apples in a cast iron skillet
Heat apples until they are slightly soft. This should take approximately 10-15 minutes. And that’s it! You can top a bowl of ice cream with the apples and drizzle some caramel sauce on top but I like to eat them as is!
Cast Iron Cinnamon Apples

Original picture from May, 2017.

This post has been updated from its original May 2, 2017 publication with new photography, content, and recipe card with updated instructions.

Cast Iron Cinnamon Apple Ingredients
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5 from 8 votes

Cast Iron Cinnamon Apples

Cast Iron Cinnamon Apples is a delicious side dish to your favorite meal or as a dessert over vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Apples
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Ned Adams
Cost: $15


  • 10" cast iron skillet


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 3 gala apples


  • Peel and slice granny smith and gala apples. Set aside.
  • Heat a 10" cast iron skillet on medium heat.
  • Combine butter, brown sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and add to skillet until melted together.
  • Fold apples into the mixture.
  • Stir apples occasionally to fully coat in mixture.
  • Heat apples until apples are slightly soften. 10-15 minutes.


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 502IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

Dutch Oven Daddy is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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This post has been updated from its original May 2017 publishing with new content, clarified recipe card, and new photography.

13 replies
  1. deb c
    deb c says:

    5 stars
    Oh my….the cardamon and apple cider vinegar add a whole new taste. I could have eaten the entire skillet myself in one sitting! Thanks!!!!

  2. Sally
    Sally says:

    5 stars
    I had several gala apples sitting around and was so thankful to stumble upon this recipe. I didn’t have cardamom and only had gala’s available, but it still turned out great! Recommend pairing with vanilla ice cream once they cool a bit. For sure a new family favorite.

  3. Linmarie
    Linmarie says:

    5 stars
    Made Half per recipe (only one person) Excellent outcome. Apples tender, great cinnamon flavor. Will make again soon. Will also use as apple handpie filling.
    Thanks for such an easy & delicious recipe.

  4. Jill
    Jill says:

    5 stars
    I had some apples that I needed to use and am so glad to have found your recipe. I enjoy cardamom so I really appreciated that addition. Served these apples over pancakes and we all loved them.


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