Spiced Apple Chips

in Appetizers, Snacks

BIRTHDAY ALERT!!!

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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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 !

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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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sara November 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

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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Jeanna January 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I loved this recipe, and idea! :) I pinned it up on pinterest 5 minutes ago, and it has already been repinned 6 times! Your beautiful pictures help with that!

Thanks for the inspiring recipes :)

http://pinterest.com/pin/15058979973731784/

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Kristin February 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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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Adrianna February 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Hmmm not sure…did you use a mandoline?

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Jacqueline May 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I SO want to make these right now cause i need something to munch on during my million-eth time watching law and order re-runs…BUT then i remembered I used all my apples to make apple butter earlier…grrrr:(

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