Apple chips are a perfect fall snack! They are easy, healthy, and delicious with just a touch of cinnamon and sugar. You can make crispy baked apple chips in the oven or in the dehydrator. Make them in round slices or cut them in cute, fun shapes for kids.
While store-bought apple chips are wonderful treats, you can control how much sugar you add when you make homemade apple chips (you don’t need to add much).
What You Need to Make Apple Chips
Just like my baked apple slices, all you need for this recipe is apples and a little cinnamon and sugar!
While it’s nice to have a dehydrator, you can easily make these in the oven.
How to Prep the Apples
There is no need to peel apples before turning them into apple chips. Although peeling them is totally fine, having the peel on the apples doesn’t affect the recipe.
Simply wash and dry the apples and slice them in 1/8″ thick slices. (If it’s a bit thinner or thicker, you’ll still be fine – don’t worry about breaking out your ruler.)
There are two easy ways to slices to the apples:
- With a good kitchen knife – I swear by our Wusthof.
- Using an apple peeler and corer to core and slice the apples. This method is perfect if you want apple rings. However, because of the hole in the center of the pieces, if you use this method, you won’t be able to cut the pieces into shapes.
- With a mandoline – I like thicker chips, But, if you want your chips really thin or if you want to be precise about the thickness of your chips, this is best way to go. Watch your fingers!
How to Make Apple Chips
Oven-Baked Apple Chips
To make oven-baked apple chips, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and lay the cut out apples on the sheet so they do not overlap.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake for about six hours at your oven’s lowest setting.
Once they start to get crispy, flip them and sprinkle some extra cinnamon and sugar on the other side and bake for one more hour.
Dehydrator Apple Chips
Lay the prepped apples on the trays that come with your dehydrator.
Set your dehydrator to 130 F and run it for about eight hours. Exact timing may vary by brand of dehydrator so be sure to check on the chips periodically.
How to Make Your Apple Chips Stand Out
To create fall shapes with your apple chips, use cookie cutters to cut the apple slices into shapes. I used tiny harvest cookie cutters to cut my apple pieces into leaf and apple shapes.
Tip: Don’t throw away your scraps! They make great apple chips too!
Other Easy Apple Desserts
If you like this recipe, also try:
- tiny cookie cutters
- 2 apples Use any variety of apple that you like, sliced about 1/8 inch thick. Two medium-sized apples will make about one large cookie sheet of apple chips.
- 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar less or more, to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon less or more, to taste
- Preheat oven to 200 F.
- Use the cookie cutters to cut the apple slices into shapes.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and fill with the cut out apples and the scraps - making sure that nothing overlaps.
- Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon and sugar.
- Set the oven on the lowest setting and load the cookie sheet(s) into the oven.
- The bake time of your chips will depend on how thick your apple slices are. Paper thin apple chips that I made using a mandoline slicer took about two hours, however thicker, hand-slied chips took almost six hours. Check on your chips every hour or so to see how they are doing (they like visitors). You'll see them transform from the baked apple stage to the chewy dried apple stage to the crispy apple chips that you are looking for.
- Once apple chips start to get crispy, remove them from the oven and flip them. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and sugar on the flipped apple chips and bake for one more hour.