Donna’s Candied Apples

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Donna’s Candied Apples Donna’s Candied Apples Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1/2 cup water
1 cup cinnamon candies (recommended: Red Hots)
6 small red apples, peeled, and cored
Cream Cheese Topping, recipe follows
Freshly parsley or mint leaves, for garnish

Cream Cheese Topping:

2 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon mayonnaise





In a medium non-stick pan dissolve cinnamon candies in water on low heat. Peel, core and cut apples in 1/2 lengthwise. Once candy has dissolved place apples flat side down in pan. Cook on low to medium heat for about 45 minutes or until apples are tender; turning apples often. Apples should be the color of the candy. Once they are cooked place apples on a serving dish. Allow to cool.

Once apples have cooled place 1 teaspoon Cream Cheese Topping on each apple. Garnish with small piece of fresh parsley or a fresh mint leaf. Refrigerate until serving.

Cream Cheese Topping:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and thoroughly combine with a hand-held mixer. Topping should be stiff.

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Reader Comments:


My mom's best friend in South Carolina used to make these at Thanksgiving except she would leave the apples, peeled & cored, whole. Then when they were cooled they would be stuffed with a mix of cream cheese and pecans or walnuts. And I'm pretty sure she used a whole bag of Red Hots and not just one cup !

By Tennessee Jen on November 09, 2013


Sounds good to have.

By Anonymous on September 13, 2013


These were yummy! I saw this yesterday on your show and I have to say I got a kick out of watching you core those apples. So cute! I happened to have a bag of apples that I wasn't sure what I was going to do with and so after I saw the show, I ran in and made this. Yummy! The family loved them. Please thank Donna for us! smile

By magnoliasouth on April 11, 2013


I love love your apple pie i look for it every time i go to walmart i havenot found it lately im so sad

By desrie on February 16, 2013


These sound like they would be wonderful. I will put this on my grocery list and try them for Christmas. They will be a new item to the menu. Thank you Paula. You are Great.

By Myla Fewell on November 26, 2012


I found a new love,thank you paula& donna

By benetta perkins on October 19, 2012


I made these candid apples and i did not get anything off it. it just wasn't what it looked like.

By alice bedford on March 07, 2012


My grandmother always put red hots in the center of her baked apples with a little pat of butter. Gave them such a pretty color and good taste! I always do mine that way now and think of her. Thanks for the recipe!

By Phil on October 28, 2011


I have tried many of your dishes and they have all turned out so very good.The ones that turned out the best were the ones where I watched you on tv.I have MS so it is better that way. I am now about to try your crunchy crab cakes,the Halloween version, and I will let you know how they turn out.I love your laugh as I am sure that you have heard this a million times but it is a fact that I laugh just like you and I am not kidding at all.I do not mind that at all because it just proves that I am a happy type of person. I am a retired social worker and I have seen just about everything in the negative world so seeing you is a great pleasure to my senses!!!I love you,Karen Grace

By /Karen Grace Olson on October 24, 2011


after these apples cool does the outside get crunchy or do they stay soft

By jon on August 17, 2011


Me and my family loved them. They were so good. We even dipped strawberries in the cream cheese topping. love it ty

By christine fisher on April 22, 2011


Hi Sandy, This might be the recipe you're looking for:

By Jonathan Able on March 31, 2011


Today is Saturday March 12 and on your show your son made Sausage Meatballs. I didn't get the full receipe can you please send it to me. Much thanks and have a great day.

By Sandy Boutin on March 12, 2011


I love candy apples. I remember as a little girl being in the kitchen with mom making candy apples. Awesome! I came across this food blog, I like most of the recipe. In fact I have already made some of the recipe. Yummy! Thanks

By Chris on February 23, 2011


I very much enjoy your shows My son and i have spent many a time in the kitchen and now he is a chef We enjoy food criticing when we can I am pretty much home bound with a wheelchair when I go out but God is so gracious I try not to let it get the best of me because I love life and people It would be a treat to meet you in person God Bless and have a wonderful and blessed day Sincerely Evelyn Givens

By evelyn givens on January 09, 2011


Easy to make, very good and will make it again for the holidays and sprinkle very little green sugar on the cream cheese

By Anonymous on December 01, 2009


This is fun and yummy. I cut the apples into bite size pieces before I cooked them and I served them in fancy glasses with a dollop of the cream cheese topping. It looked very fancy and tasted great. Thanks!

By Anonymous on November 24, 2009


Great holiday snack!! The cream cheese topping was amazing! A very pretty dish!

By Anonymous on November 17, 2009


This is a great holiday snack! It is very pretty and tasty. The cream cheese topping is amazing!!

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