Oct 19

Baked Apple Jack-o-lanterns

by Hannah Holt »


Last week I took the kids apple picking.

For an outing with my gaggle in tow, we brought back a suprisingly good haul. The large box of apples sat on my counter for a couple of days, before I realized I’m not up to canning this year. So I’ve been feeding the kids apple slices, and making apple sauce, and cooking apple pie, and serving apple anything… So long as I don’t have to go into the garage and dig out my canning pot.

Well naturally we ate baked apples for dessert last night. However, since our love/obsession with jack-o’-lanterns continues, I carved a face into each apple before baking.

Here’s the finished result.

It was a big hit.

Here’s the recipe.

What You’ll Need:

  • baking apples (we used Northern Spy, but Jonagold or Golden Delicious would also be tasty!)
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • cinamon
  • water (for the pan)

Step 1) Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Step 2) Using a spoon, scoop out the core of the apples. This is almost exactly like jack-o’-lantern carving, except leave as much of the flesh of the apple as possible.

Step 3) You will be left with a slightly hollow apple. Using a paring knife, carve a face in the skin of the apple. (You don’t need to carve to the center of the apples, just remove pieces of skin as shown above.)

Step 4) Give the center of each apple three things: a sprinkling of brown sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, and a pat of butter.

Step 5) Place the apples in a shallow baking dish, with about a 1/2 inch of water on the bottom.

Step 6) Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until apples are soft but not mushy. Our apples were small. Large apples might take as long as 50 minutes to bake.

Step 7) Serve warm and if desired with a side car of vanilla ice cream.

Other options: I know a lot of people like to stuff baked apples with chopped nuts and raisins.

As my six-year-old said, “This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten.”

If you’re looking for healthy Halloween snacking, here are a few options from my archives:


  Cucumber Martians                 Monster Hands

Spooky chips (baked)         Scarecrow Spaghetti

  1. Beth Stilborn

    I absolutely love those baked apple jack-o-lanterns! What a fab idea!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Beth.

  2. Susanna Leonard Hill

    What a great idea! Apple jack-o-lanterns – I love it! And they look delicious too :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Susanna.