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.
- 2 honey crisp apples (Or Fuji apples)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 large sheet pans
- 2 cooling racks
- mandoline slicer
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. 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. 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!! 🙂
Very important note: Immediately upon removing them from the oven, transfer them from the cooling rack to a plate or they stick! I know, from experience.