Recipe: Homemade Apple Chips

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Many moons ago, I bought a mandolin.  Then I promptly attempted to cut off the top of my left thumb.  I still don’t know exactly how I did it, but it scarred me (seriously) into not using it again for a long time.  It took up valuable real estate in my kitchen cupboards…for years.  But I finally pulled it out and used it today and I lived to tell about it with all of my digits intact.

Do you love apple chips?  I am always more than willing to dish out a couple dollars for a bag of apple chips when I see them in the store (which isn’t that often).  Something about the concentrated apple flavor with some cinnamon accents and the crunch pull me in every time.  I had a few apples sitting in my kitchen today and I figured, “Let’s see how hard it is to make apple chips.”

I struggle to call this a recipe, but it was so yummy as an afternoon snack, I had to share!  I used Braeburn apples since that is what I had at the house.  They worked perfectly and I think this is a “recipe” that can use any kind of apples.

I cored the apples because I have a weird thing about apple cores, but I’m sure you don’t have to if you don’t want to.  Just remove the seeds that are there.  This is a time intensive process,  but it is all hands off time, so there is really nothing to it. When they are done, they might seem not quite done yet.  But as soon as they cool, they will be crispy and delicious.

And because I am generous, I made two pans of apple chips today.  No, no, not to share with anyone.  That’s crazy talk.  I tested out the difference in making these on a Silpat and on parchment.  Parchment wins hands down (and makes clean up a breeze).  Both were fine, however.

Make these and enjoy a relatively guiltless snack.  At least I hope they are guiltless because I ate all of these in less than 10 minutes.  Oops!

Homemade Apple Chips

2 medium apples, sliced

1/2 t cinnamon

1 1/2 T white sugar

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Slice the apples on a mandolin set to 1/8” and place in a large ziploc bag.  Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and then add to the bag of apples.  Toss to coat the apples with the sugar mixture.  Lay the apple slices in a single layer on a lined baking sheet (either parchment or Silpat) and put in the oven for approximately 90 minutes, or until the edges of the apples start to curl.  Flip the apple slices about 1/2 way through the cooking process.

Enjoy!

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