If you are a fry fanatic (like me) then you are going to love this apple version!
I have a serious addiction; McDonald’s french fries! I don’t eat them all the time but when we do get them I can’t not eat them. They are gone in a matter of minutes. My boys share the same love for these fries as I do (which was the main reason I created these fries) and they ask for them constantly! Even though homemade baked fries are a teensy bit healthier than their fried fast food counterpart I still wanted a healthier alternative.
When Cat from The Rustic Willow picked apples for this month’s ingredient challenge I started to think outside the box. Sure I could make an apple pie, or caramel apples (but I had already made Candy Apples). I could make apple crisps, or chips but I wanted something different, something never tried before. Then one day as my boys and I were digging into our large french fries an idea came to me; make apple fries!
I’m so glad I decided to make these because now whenever my boys are craving fries they ask for this apple version. And I have to say I agree with them. These are the perfect mix of sweet and crunchy. And after eating a handful you feel full unlike french fries; I could eat 2 large fries and still be hungry. I use the same technique to cut apples as I do to cut french fries because it’s super easy and actually makes the apples look like fries. Make a batch of these today for when the kids come home from school and you won’t ever have to worry about them asking for french fries again!
- 2 medium-large apples (try to find apples that are more long vs. a perfect circle)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Wash and slice apples into fry shape. For tutorial see french fry technique link in the paragraph above.
- Melt butter and spread evenly on cookie sheet.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar in ziplock bag.
- Put apples in bag and shake/mix to combine.
- Place apple fries in a single layer on cookie sheet and bake.
- For crunchier fries bake for 10 minutes.
- For softer fries bake for 20 minutes.
- These are best served warm. You can reheat in the microwave if needed. Just place on a plate and heat for 20 seconds.
- These also taste great dipped in caramel.
This is a really great recipe to let the kids help with too. My boys loved shaking the bag to coat the apples in cinnamon sugar. Since we are working on numbers we also counted the pieces as we put them in the bag. Yes, it took a while longer to make these but it was a fun learning experience. What ways do you like to get your kids involved in the kitchen?
Don’t forget to check out these other delicious apple recipes too!