Sweet ‘N’ Smoky Apple Chips

I used to love apple chips that you purchase from the store, but they are ridiculously expensive. So why not make my own? They’re super easy…the hardest part is just waiting for them to cook! I believe these would make a great holiday gift to somebody as well. I would just present the gift the day they are made..as they won’t store well for too long.

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Gluten free


2 honey crisp apples (these yield the BEST amazing flavor because they are naturally sweet)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 large sheet pans

2 cooling racks

mandoline slicer

Note: These do NOT need sugar!


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

I used a mandoline purchased from my local grocery store because I don’t trust my own knife cutting skills. They need to be sliced very thin and consistent, so they bake evenly. I just bought a handheld one by Progressive for $14 and I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. Β You want them to be about an 1/8 inch thick, no more, or they won’t crisp up. I used the #2 setting on the mandoline. Turn the apples on their side, hold the mandoline at an angle and apply pressure as you slice. Only bake the large slices, so they all bake and finish at the same time. I just ate the little pieces.

Place a cooling rack over each sheet pan and spread the slices out evenly, do not overlap them. Mix the spices in a small cup and sprinkle over the apples. Β Also, I tried just baking them on parchment paper, but the other sides didn’t bake evenly and were a mess. This method made a huge difference in the results.

Place one sheet on the center oven rack and the other on the rack right below it. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the sides have curled up well and are very golden. The apples on the center rack were perfect at 52 minutes. I removed those, then placed the bottom pan onto the center rack and baked 5 minutes more. Keep in mind, ovens vary, so baking times can as well. You are looking for them to be very golden and firm.

They will still be a tad soft upon removal, but will crisp up very quickly. However, if you remove them too soon, they won’t. If they don’t crisp up within 1 minute of removing them, or are still soft in the center, they need to bake a little longer. Trust me, I made several batches and this method yielded perfect chips. My husband wouldn’t keep his paws off of them!! πŸ™‚

Very important note:Β Immediately upon removing them from the oven, transfer them from the cooling rack to a plate or they stick! I know, from experience.



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Categories: Appetizers, Fun With Fruit, Gift Ideas, Gluten Free, Snacks, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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30 Comments on “Sweet ‘N’ Smoky Apple Chips”

  1. November 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM #

    Love the idea of these chips my friend definitely would not feel guilty eating them πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Tiffany Cockrelll
    November 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM #

    Yummy and oh so delicious!!

  3. November 6, 2012 at 1:16 AM #

    Great healthy snack, have a ton of apples looking for something new to make. I love apples.

  4. November 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM #

    Home-made spiced apple chips: you are one clever woman! πŸ™‚ MMMMMM!

  5. November 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM #

    Ah, droolworthy! I have to invest in a mandolin!

  6. November 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM #

    I love the idea of pairing cinnamon and smoked paprika with the apples. I recently made cinnamon apple chips in my dehydrator for the first time, and I’ve been obsessed with smoked paprika lately, but I don’t think I would have thought to combine the two!

    • November 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM #

      I’m obsessed with smoked paprika too! I put it on my sweet potatoes, in my soups..everything!! It goes great with the cinnamon and the smell is wonderful.

  7. petit4chocolatier
    November 7, 2012 at 1:08 AM #

    Brandi, these look delicious and would be a wonderful snack! I love that they don’t need extra sugar. I am intrigued by the smoked paprika; I have never eaten it. Sounds like something I have to buy and try! What an incredible recipe!

    • November 7, 2012 at 1:48 AM #

      Thank you so much Judy! Yes, the honey crisp apples are SO naturally sweet and amazing, it would be a crime to cover them in sugar! I like to enjoy naturally sweet fruit in its natural state. Yes, you have to get the paprika…it is such an amazing spice. I go through bottles of it!! You’d love it!

  8. November 7, 2012 at 2:06 AM #

    I love this snack!

  9. Crista
    November 8, 2012 at 2:53 AM #

    smoked paprika! who’d have thunk…?

  10. November 8, 2012 at 3:28 AM #

    I’ve never had these before but they look awesome! I bet these chips would make a lovely topping for a stew or something. Just a thought… πŸ™‚

  11. November 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM #

    Great idea to add smoked paprika! I have a dehydrator, so I’ll try them in there. Thanks for the recipe!

    • November 9, 2012 at 3:39 AM #

      Thank you Sarina! I need to get a dehydrator! Hope you enjoy them!

  12. November 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM #

    great idea to bake them on the cooling rack!

    • November 9, 2012 at 3:41 AM #

      Thanks Somer. It just wasn’t working on parchment paper…the cooling rack yielded perfect crispy chips! πŸ™‚

      • November 9, 2012 at 3:42 AM #

        I tried making oven fries sans oil on parchment paper once. No crispiness, I totally know what you mean!!!

  13. November 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM #

    I have been looking for an apple chips recipe that didn’t require a dehydrating device!
    I have finally found it! can’t wait to try these tomorrow

  14. November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM #

    These look delicious: ) I cannot in my frugality purchase a bag of these in the store:)… now the bags in the store will no longer be able to even temp me..LOL Thank you for the recipe:)

    • November 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM #

      No problem, enjoy!! I agree, way too expensive. I just made some more this morning. Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚


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