Today’s Snack: Apple Chips

So this is only the first week of summer for us, and I’m already figuring out we are going to need a  lot of snacks this summer.  I’m trying to limit the amount of junk they eat, but with 2/3 of my kids obsessed with all things crunchy and/or sweet, I’m going to have to get creative.  Fortunately, the other 1/3 asked for these this week and everyone got excited.  We were on a huge apple chip craze last fall, but it hadn’t occurred to me to make them in the summer.  So, we got out our mandolin and went to slicin’.  Before I knew it, the house smelled like fall and the kids came running.  And I only had a few minutes to snap some photos before they ate them all.

Anyways, these are so good.  I like mine with cinnamon, but you don’t have to use it.  And, the amount of sugar you use is up to you.  In order to get them sliced thinly enough, I highly recommend a mandolin.  There are all different price-points, but mine is the cheapest of the cheap and it works great.  I will say, the only problem with these chips is that they do have to bake for an hour and you can only fit so many slices on the cookie sheet, so if you wanted a huge arsenal of them for a party you’d need to plan to be in the kitchen all day.  But, on a day like today when we’re staying in from the heat, that wasn’t a problem.

Here’s how I make ’em…


1-2 apples (any kind) very thinly sliced

2 tablespoon sugar (give or take)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (give or take)

1.  Start by heating the oven to 225 and lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper.  (Spray doesn’t work as well).

2.  Arrange the apple slices on the cookie sheet.  Go ahead and get ’em close; slight overlapping is OK.  Sprinkle with sugar and then cinnamon.  Turn them over and sprinkle the other side.

3.  Bake at 225 for 1 hour, flipping them halfway through.  You want the edges to get all curled up.  Remove from the oven and cool.  They will crisp up as they cool.  Enjoy!




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