Spiced Apple Chips

Appetizers, Snacks


This post is totally not supposed to be about me eating forty apple chips in one sitting. That wasn’t my intention when I went to the store on Friday.

I was there to buy seven-layer-gradient-glitter-birthday-cake ingredients. (I was dreaming up a cake that matched my nails.) Instead I left with a big brown bag of apples.

I think it was a subconcious move to avoid my birthday. Typically, I’m totally not a good birthday person. I don’t like to throw myself parties, or bake myself cakes, or even let most people know it’s my big day.

The whole thing usually just gives me an anxiety attack and makes my face red and arms sweat. But this year I decided to shake the bad birthday attitude, man-up and celebrate. So here I am…

Just making myself some Apple Chips.

These chips are about thirty steps less than what it takes to bake up a birthday cake. There’s no sifting of dry ingredients, dusting of pans, frosting making, decorating…none of that.

Just some apple slicing, tossing with spices…and baking. Can’t get much easier.

They’re crispy, cinnamon-ey…

Think snappy bites of apple pie.

As I ate these bites of apple-pie-awesomness, I started to think about why birthdays give me rashes.

I think birthdays can serve as reminders of, you know, where you are in your life, where you want to be…and where you’re not. This year, though, I’m flipping this whole thing around. I’m looking at the good stuff.

Because this past year I’ve made some good moves, had a few lucky breaks, overcome some things that made sad, and am inching my way closer to things that make me happy. So instead of being all glum about turning a year older, I’ve vowed to enjoy myself…and I’m telling myself:

“Happy Birthday, Adrianna. You look pretty cute today.”

Spiced Apple Chips

Print this recipe!

1 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 Gala Apples (other flavorful varieties would be great, too!)

Preheat oven to 200F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

In a medium bowl, mix together spices and salt.

Crosswise, cut off both ends of each of the apples. There’s no need to core the apples. Using a mandoline (or sharp knife), slice the apples as thin as possible. (Approximately 1/16″ inch). Remove and discard any seeds from the apple slices. Add the apple slices to the bowl and toss with the spice mixture.

Transfer the apple slices to the baking sheets, in a single layer, being sure they do not overlap. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, then flip them over. Bake for another 30-45 minutes, or until crispy in appearance. Total baking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

They’ll become crispier after they cool.

Yields about 50 chips.

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  • Reply Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 10, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I love that you baked these and didnt dehydrate them. I have a dehyd but it takes about 14 hrs. Which is about 13 more than I want to wait 🙂

    And your nail polish is rad.

    Happy Bday, too!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Averie!!

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen October 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Happy birthday!!! I can’t say that I’d prefer apple chips to cake myself…but they do look extremely delicious!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you thank you!!

  • Reply jas October 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

    oh. my. word. Amazing! So simple and yet (clearly) delicious! A fabulous way to spend a birthday – munching down on yes, the entire batch of crisp cinnamon appley goodness 🙂

    Happy Birthday!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much for the birthday wishes!

  • Reply Antonia October 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’m so curious about the salt. Does it add to the flavor, or does it help the dehydration process?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      No I added the salt just to add a little contrast to the sweetness. It’s just a hint of saltiness. Not much!

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet October 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

    ok this is a must try this week. i am obsessed with apples. so pretty.

  • Reply Becki's Whole Life October 10, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Happy Birthday! I am making these today….love fun healthy snacks that my kids will love, too! I made some salted caramel sauce yesterday – I wonder how good these would be dipped in it…although that would kind of take the healthiness away. Either way, these look great!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Becki!

  • Reply Katrina October 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I have soooo many apples, so this will be perfect for me! Thanks!

  • Reply Heather (Heather's Dish) October 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    apple chips are by far my favorite, and i’m making these this week. and then investing in apple stock because i’ll pretty much be buying out the store from now on…

  • Reply Laurie @SimplyScratch October 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Making apple chips has been on my to-do list since the first leaf dropped! <3 these!

  • Reply Sandi October 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I just picked up a bag of Macouns at the farmers’ market yesterday, and I was hoping to find something new to do with them. Looks like I found it!

  • Reply Lori @ RecipeGirl October 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Happy birthday, my friend! These look like wonderful little fall treats. Wonder if I could get my growing boy to eat them. It’s worth a try. Have a wonderful day!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you, Lori! xo

  • Reply Bev Weidner October 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    a) Happy Birthday!

    b) These look so cute I met give them a paci before eating them.

    c) That wasn’t supposed to sound creepy.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Bev! HA…totally creepy. But I dig it.

  • Reply Ella October 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Good idea! Apple pie flavors but easier, perfect.

  • Reply Jennifer @ Raisin Questions October 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, happy birthday! That sounds like a great attitude towards birthdays, and these look like such a great snack to munch on! I definitely want to make these! Are they very sweet…? I guess maybe it depends on the apples you start with!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer!! Yes, they’re definitely pretty sweet. But I kinda liked ’em that way! 🙂

  • Reply Valerie @ Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll October 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Happy birthday, Adrianna! Those apples look amaaaaazing, but I don’t have a mandolin, so I’ll just sit here and imagine their taste and texture in my head then go be jealous while I eat leftover Chinese food.

    For what it’s worth, I dislike my birthday for the same reason. It’s just a reminder that I haven’t accomplished what I’d wanted to by this point. But I like your attitude! 😀

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks so much! You can definitely try them using a sharp knife!

  • Reply Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy October 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Happy Birthday! And these apple chips sound amazing!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Hilliary!

  • Reply Russell at Chasing Delicious October 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! What a way to celebrate. These chips sound super scrumptious! They also look incredible.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you! X

  • Reply Patricia October 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Happy Birthday!! These look like a really awesome snack!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks, Patricia!

  • Reply Jessica October 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    OMG! That first picture is sooo pretty. I love them stacked. Can’t wait to try. Happy Birthday!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you thank you!

  • Reply Sarah - Dodeline Design October 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    These look delicious! I need to try this. Happy bday!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! x

  • Reply Bobbie H October 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Happy Birthday!! These look so yummy. By the way my sons birthday is today 🙂 he is 8!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      WHA?! Tell your son I said Happy Birthday!!

  • Reply Give It A Go October 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Happy Birthday! We love all of your recipes. This would be great for all those apples left over from apple picking. Thanks!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      YAY! So glad you enjoy them. XO

  • Reply Chris October 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    These look amazing! . I can’t wait to try these. I love apple chips but the bagged varieties at the grocery store are SO expensive and taste artificial. I absolutely love love love this time of year. Is it possible to overdose on apples? I probably come close. Hope you have a really HAPPY BIRTHDAY! =)

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Yeah, I don’t really understand why they’re so expensive. Weird. Thanks so much for the b-day wishes!

  • Reply Nik October 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Well, you ARE pretty cute. 😉 So are these spiced apple chips.

    Happiest of birthdays wishes! May there be fancy treats and bubbly libations! 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      HA! Thanks, Nik! xo

  • Reply Michele Boyer October 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    These look so lovely. And delicious! Can’t wait to try them.

    I made the pumpkin soft cookies last weekend and they were a huge hit. Thanks much!

    Happy birthday! It’s my birthday this weekend…hmmm. Us Libra girls love food. And fashion. And wine….oh my!

    Have a great week. Cheers!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      OMG! I love those cookies. So glad they worked out! Thanks for the b-day wishes!

  • Reply Anne October 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Ha, I always try to avoid my birthday too.
    My last one ended in tears.
    But your birthday sounds rockin awesome, just make sure to get completely schwasted at the end, okay?
    And those apple chips look like the bomb dot com.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Will do, Anne!!

  • Reply France October 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    These apple chips look insane! So pretty. And of course healthy. Happy b day Adrianna!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you, France! P.S. Your name is dreamy. 😉

  • Reply Lauren October 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Adrianna! Those chips and your nails are pretty awesome. 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      HA! Thanks for the nail compliment!

  • Reply Kimberley October 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    They look delish….I will definitely have to try these!!!

    Happy Birthday…enjoy the celebration of you!!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, lady! xo

  • Reply Carissa October 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I just tried something called Apple Smiles yesterday, which was sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They were so yummy – it would be fun to try the same flavors in a chip form. Happy birthday!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks, Carissa!!

  • Reply Dana B October 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    First, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I’m a firm believer in celebrating life 🙂

    Second, I’m a bit confused and want to make these right ’cause they look scrumptious in addition to healthy 🙂 The last paragraph sounds like I bake for 1 hr- 1hr 15 min total, but then it says 1 hr and 30-45 is the total 🙁 Is the total a typo or should I bake them longer before flipping? thx!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Oh that’s me being an idiot. It’s all fixed now. Flip them 30 minutes in. They should bake for 1 hr and 15 minutes.

      • Reply Dana B October 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm

        No, that’s you being human 🙂 Thx for the reply and have an awesome birthday!!!

        • Adrianna
          Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm

          HA! Thanks, Dana!!

  • Reply Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) October 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    awww happy birthday pretty!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks, lady!!

  • Reply Darleen ~ Places In The Home October 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Happy Birthday October Baby! Love the apple chips recipe, share the same sentiment about birthdays(mine is tomorrow), and all that glitters in most definitely good! Celebrate, enjoy, and keep talking good thoughts to yourself~ It’s your birthday!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks so much! And I hope you have an awesome day tomorrow! Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Charlotte au Chocolat October 11, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Happy Birthday! I used to have the same issues with birthdays, until a few years ago, when I started relaxing, and just being good to myself, and appreciative of what I’ve accomplished/ who I am… so glad you’re feeling more this way this year… you deserve it! The apple chips look gorgeous, btw!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

      So true. So totally true. Thank you, Charlotte. You’re awesome.

  • Reply marie October 11, 2011 at 1:51 am

    happy birthday! i made these and they’re good 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

      Oh yay! Thank you!!!

  • Reply Amanda Thompson October 11, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

      TY, Amanda! TY!

  • Reply Amanda October 11, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Happy birthday Adrianna! It is my birthday tomorrow, and I have been feeling a bit negative too, but I’m going to try and take a page from your book and flip it around to the positive. Here’s to a great year ahead – for both of us! 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

      Awww. Thanks, Amanda! Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Pooja October 11, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Happy birthday! My sister made these today ( I hooked her on your site by telling her about your pumpkin cookies)… Anyway, thanks for making me smile and I hope that you’re looking forward to this next year…

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

      Awww. That’s awesome. Thanks, Pooja!!

  • Reply nicole {sweet peony} October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    happy birthday girl! i’m totally making these apple chips… they look amazing!

    by the way, i just found your blog through jessica @ how sweet it is & i must say… i love it! can’t wait to read through your recipes & posts.

    hope you have a great day!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      YAY! Nicole, so glad you found me. And thanks for the birthday wishes! xo

  • Reply Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    what a great idea! i’ve been turned off by some other recipes where you have to ‘dehydrate’ and it takes FOREVER! When I want something delicious, I want it then (or soon after). Love these!

  • Reply Maygen October 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Do you know if there is a utensil that can be used to cut the apples that small, or any other vegetable that small for chips? I am pretty bad with my accuracy and patience for that matter.
    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Elizabeth October 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Happy Birthday! So glad to find this blog. Your photos are just gorgeous.
    These look so tasty and fun for Autumn, definitely putting them on my to-do list.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    You just got a new follower!


  • Reply Rebecca October 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    “Today is your birthday. Tadadadadada! Its my birthday too, yeah!” – The Beatles

  • Reply carly {carlyklock} October 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    1. Happy Birthday, Adrianna!

    2. Please tell me what nail polish color that is!

    3. That is all.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks, Carly! Nail polish: Two coats of OPI’s “You Don’t Know Jacques” and one thin top coat of OPI’s DS Illuminate. 🙂

  • Reply LisaM October 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    This is a terrific idea for using apples. I may have to run into the backyard to pick a few and try it this afternoon. Love that I don’t have to peel them!

    P.S. Any idea how long these will last in a zip bag? (Assuming I don’t eat them all in 1 sitting.)
    P.P.S. Happy birthday!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks, Lisa for the birthday wishes. You know, I’m not sure. I imagine they’d be good for about a week.

  • Reply Betty @ scrambled hen fruit October 12, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Happy Birthday Adrianna! Those apple chips look really yummy! 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Betty!

  • Reply Dana October 12, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Happy birthday! I hope all of your birthday wishes came true!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Dana! You’re super sweet.

  • Reply Bonnie October 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm


    I made these yesterday and I liked them. However, I was wondering what I may have done wrong as they did not come out crispy? I even baked towards the longer end of 45 minutes after flipping and I let them cool for a long while…Any advice?

  • Adrianna
    Reply Adrianna October 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hmm…you know, the ones that were a bit thicker than 1/16″ were kind of chewy. But the ones that were really thin were crunchy. Did you use a knife or a mandoline?

  • Reply Jordan W, October 13, 2011 at 2:35 am

    this looks so good. going to make this right now.

  • Reply Pizzas Online October 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I love dried apples. They taste really good & this version ” the spiced apple chips” is looking really tasty. Would love to try & savor these chips. Thanks for the share. Cheers !

  • Reply Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn October 15, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Happy belated birthday!
    These look amazing, apple and cinnamon is one of my favourite flavour combinations 🙂
    I would love to have these on my birthday!

  • Reply Ruby Alexandra October 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Happy birthday!!! It was my birthday on the 10th too! I turned twenty. My friends did a big suprise and we went on a road trip to my favourite mexican restaurant 2hrs away!!

  • Reply New York Diaries October 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I hope you had a happy birthday!

    These chips look so yummy…You have me sitting at my work desk with my mouth drooling!

  • Reply Pamela A October 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This are going to be a must make! Several years ago I got hooked on these (package like a small potato chip bag), when they would go on sale, I’d stock up – then they didn’t put on sale like before, so there I am hooked and refusing to full price, you got to do what you got to do. I love your life/b-day thoughts, I have a birthday coming up and I don’t make a big deal out of it, it’s nice when people remember, but still no big deal. Hope you had a fab b-day!
    Love your site, just found through Tasty Kitchen, thanks for sharing.

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    these look amazing. I havent tried my hand at apple chips, but I love them. The stacked photo is gorgeous too!

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    I tried this and the apples didn’t crisp up at all and I baked them for longer than the instructions said. Is there something I could have done wrong?

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      Reply Adrianna February 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Hmmm not sure…did you use a mandoline?

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