Apple chips are about the easiest (and healthiest) snack to make with all those delicious fall apples you may have overflowing your counters like we do. They are a fun activity to make in the kitchen as well. All you need are apples, a sharp knife, cinnamon and sugar, and an oven. Come see how they’re made with kids…
3-4 large apples (we used a variety of apples–use what you have)
2-3 baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats
The most time consuming step is slicing your apples, width wise, very thin. You can use an apple corer but I actually love how the apple slices look with the seed star still intact.
I start at the stem end of the apple and start slicing with a really sharp chef knife. (Sharpen you knife ahead of time if you can.) As I cut, I let the girls cover their own baking sheets with apple slices. It gives them something to do to arrange and rearrange their apples.
Another job they have while I cut is to take any seeds that might have ended up on their baking sheet off the baking mat.
The thicker the slice, the longer it will need baking to become crisp and chip-like.
The thinner slices will become crisper with less time and could get darker than thicker slices. All this being said, the more your slices are consistent, the better. Without a mandoline they will all be slightly different in thickness and that is just fine. It adds variety.
Make a little cinnamon and sugar mixture in a bowl and spoon it over the apples on the baking sheets. The apples should be in a single layer as best as possible so the kids can toss them on their baking sheet for all of the apples to get a little coating. That’s the fun part.
The idea here for an apple chip and a chewy apple slice is bake at a low temperature for a long time. We baked ours on 200 degrees for 2-4 hours, depending on how crispy we wanted each batch.
After an hour or so in the oven, flip the apple slices over for the other side to bake. I just used my fingers to flip them over since they will still be soft and moist.
How to know when they’re ready to take out of the oven:
The apple slices after a few hours will get a little darker and should begin to get crispy. Letting them cool on their baking sheet after taking them out of the oven will let them get crisper. If you check on them in the oven and they are still very flimsy and moist, keep baking them. You can always put a tray of apples slices back in the oven.
Making the perfectly crisp apple chips depends on two variables: the thickness of apple slice and baking time. Just experiment.
Once you have the right crispness you want, take the trays out and let them cool.
Then gather the fam and crunch into some homemade apple chips! You’ll be amazed at how crispy they are.
We stored our leftover apple chips in an air sealed container.
They are really a fun snack. Prefect for bagging and taking on day trips, ballet practice, and a quiet afternoon snack.
Have you ever made apple chips?
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