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Baked Hasselback Apples

Hasselback Who doesn’t love the smell and taste of freshly baked, cinnamon-covered apples, especially when they are paired with cool, vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream? This week’s better-for-you sweet is Baked Hasselback Apples and it features a special culinary trick, the hasselback technique.

By thinly slicing apples only part way through, the hasselback method allows for cinnamon sugar and, optional, frozen toppings to melt throughout this dessert, ensuring you get a perfectly delicious bite every single time.  

Baked Hasselback Apples

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light


  • 2 large firm apples
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar, divided
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. butter, melted and divided
  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. old-fashioned rolled oats (or gluten free oats to make gluten free)
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour (or gluten free all-purpose flour to make gluten free)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream (optional)  



  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Peel, core, and halve apples vertically. Starting at the outermost edges, cut most but not all of the way through each apple half at ⅛-inch intervals. Place apple halves, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon; brush mixture evenly over apple.
  4. Cover pan with foil; bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove pan from oven and allow apples to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1½ tablespoons butter, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, oats, flour, and salt. Carefully fan open apple halves. Spoon oat mixture evenly over apples. Return pan to oven for 10 minutes. Turn broiler to high (leave pan in oven); broil 2 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Top with vanilla yogurt or ice cream (optional).


Yield: 4 Servings  

*Per Serving:  Calories 190, Total Fat 8g (Saturated 4.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 150mg, Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 3g), Protein 1g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%  

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.  

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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