I have a major love and obsession for all things reminiscent of fall – pumpkin, apple, soup, warm bread – I want it all! In my first two years of medical school, I had access to COSTCO where you can find these delicious, organic, dried apples. The only ingredient is apples. I have been trying to watch my intake of foods with a lot of additives, so when I was in the mood for something crunchy, these fit the bill, no questions asked. BUT, now I’m back in small-town Minnesota, finishing my last year of clinical rotations, and access to COSTCO entails a 90 minute drive to the Twin Cities. No thank you. Enter, homemade apple chips.
Now, there are a LOT of dried apple/baked apple/apple chips recipes on the internet, and as an apple aficionado, I have tried my fair share. Unfortunately, I could never get the texture to come out right. There was no perfectly crispy goodness, either my apples were still soft, or they were burned to a crisp. So, I set out to do it all by myself….like the little red hen I aspire to be. It took some tinkering, but the desired result was achieved. Hoorah!!
These are honestly a snap to make, but they do take 3-4 hours to make depending on how many apples you are using. However, I am a self-professed apple-loving maniac, so there is nothing short of a power outage that is going to stop me from pursing this. For the average, normal person, I think it makes for the perfect Sunday afternoon task. Snuggle up with a book or your favorite Rom Com while these munchies sizzle. Before you know it, your home will be smelling like a little slice of heaven.
To make the apple slices, you can use a mandolin, or a paring knife, or you can get all Martha Stewart and use one of these nifty contraptions. My mom had this tool when I was a little girl and I thought it was THE greatest invention ever. As a kid, peeling and cutting an apple without a knife was like magic, not to mentioned a little bit more kid-proof. My mom would peel apples for apple pie, or crisp, or muffins; and my brother and I would sneak away with the spiraled apple peel and douse them in cinnamon sugar and have ourselves a jolly good time. Now I have one of my own and I use it to peel apples for every recipe. Your slices will be consistent so everything will cook uniformly. You can find it here.
4 and a half hours later, you have this cinnamon-sugary, crunchy, heavenly treat perfect for Football Sunday while other people are munching on deep-fried potato chips. That, my friends, is winning.
XOXO – Emmy Lou Lou
Crazy Crunchy Apple Chips
• 3 Apples – Granny Smith or Pink Lady are my favorite
• Cinnamon Sugar (optional)
• Preheat oven to 200
• Slice apples into uniform slices
• Place slices on a silicon sheet on top of a baking sheet
• Sprinkle slices with cinnamon sugar
• Cook apples for 1.5 – 2 hours until slightly dry on top
• Flip apple slices over and bake for 1 more hour
• If apples still feel “wet”, bake another 30 minutes
• Turn oven off, keeping apple slices inside for 1 more hour
• Remove from oven and allow to cool completely
• Store in sealed Tupperware container