Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs
While making a large pot of applesauce, I chose not to discard the nutrient-rich peels but instead bake them into apple chips. It turned out to be an deliciously successful experiment. These apple chips are lightly sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and oven-dried on parchment paper. To ensure even drying, it's important to make sure the peels are of equal/uniform thickness. Thicker peels will take longer to dry, and you need them to be completely dry for food safety reasons. For best results, use a counter-mounted spiral apple peeler; or just keep an even hand while peeling your apples. My family enjoyed these crispy treats, and I hope yours does too!
- Preheat oven to 225°F.
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle apple peels with cinnamon-sugar mixture and toss to coat evenly.
- Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until peels are thoroughly dried and snap-crisp when bent.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes or until cool enough to touch. Gently break dried peels into 1 to 2-inch long pieces.
Awesome way to get all apple in! I made crock pot applesauce & used the peel for this...wanting to encorporate them into my granola... But they are gone, so I'll have to make again!
I used Granny Smith apple peels and followed the directions exactly. The resulting peels were nice and crispy but very bitter. What a disappointment!