Cheddar Walnut and Raisin Baked Apples.

Apples stuffed with walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and Vermont sharp cheddar. A sweet, savory and satisfying dessert for fall. And a great way to use up all those apples you’ve picked at your local orchard.

An image of baked apples in a skillet

Apples plus cheddar, during apple season in New England, is often a meal in itself. In fact, it’s one of my favorite meals (or snacks) during harvest season. The pairing is just so perfect – sweet and crunchy paired with savory and creamy. Then, in the case of these apples, we take that combo up a notch. Just add in some crunchy toasted walnuts, sweet raisins and warming cinnamon – resulting in the most perfect little dessert (or snack).

Walnuts are typically my go-to choice for baking and they work really nicely in these apples. I love their rich flavor, satisfying qualities and brain health and heart health promoting omega 3’s. Walnuts also provide protein (4 grams) and fiber (2 grams) per 1 oz serving.
A skillet full of baked apples

These Cheddar, Walnut and Raisin Baked Apples are a perfectly portioned treat that the whole family can enjoy.

If the addition of cheddar scares you, try it anyway, promise you will love it. The cheddar adds a saltiness, creaminess and savoriness to these baked apples and cuts through the sweetness. Adrian was hesitant to try these with the cheddar, but it ended up being his favorite part of the apple.

An image of a halved baked apple on a white plate

These baked apples will have your house smell like cinnamony goodness.

To make them, you’ll hollow out the center and seeds with an apple corer (or a spoon). Then stuff them with a mixture of chopped walnuts, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then you’ll top each apple with a slice of cheddar (we use Cabot, our favorite) and pop into the oven for 25 minutes until just tender. So GOOD.An image of baked apples in a skillet with cinnamon sticks

Here’s how to make this simple fall dessert:

Cheddar, Walnut and Raisin Baked Apples

Apples stuffed with walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and Vermont sharp cheddar. A sweet, savory and satisfying dessert for fall. And a great way to use up all those apples you’ve picked at your local orchard.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Apples
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients

  • 5 small apples (we used Honeycrisp and Cortland, but you can use any good baking apple)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raisins - regular or golden
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 ounces sharp Cheddar, sliced we use Cabot Cheddar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Wash and core apples. Using a spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of each apple a bit more to make room for the filling. Nest the apples snuggly into a 6-inch cast-iron skillet.
  • Combine walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. Stuff the apples with the walnut mixture and crumble the rest atop the apples. Don’t worry if some of the crumble falls onto the skillet – you’ll just spoon that out after cooking. Top each apple with a slice of cheddar.
  • Bake apples for 25 minutes or until apples are just tender. We like ours a bit crisp, so if you prefer yours more tender, bake for longer. Remove from the oven and enjoy.

PIN these baked apples for later:

A PIN for Pinterest of baked apples

Looking for more apple recipes?

Grilled Apple Cheddar and Blue Cheese Sandwich

Cranberry and Apple Baked Brie

 

This baked apple recipe was originally posted on October 21st, 2015, but has been updated with new photos.