Spiced Pirate Baked Apples


I threw this together tonight and it came out great. Not too sweet, just sweet enough! Suggested toppings: vanilla ice cream, creme fraiche, or nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 4 tart green apples

  • 2 tablespoons frozen blueberries, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons raisins, or to taste

  • water, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Mix brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl.

  3. Cut the core out of each apple leaving the bottom intact to form a well. Stuff each apple with the brown sugar mixture, filling almost to the top. Place a few blueberries on top of the filling and finish with a layer of brown sugar mixture. Press a few raisins into the brown sugar mixture.

  4. Pour enough water into a shallow baking dish to cover the bottom; add walnuts, rum, vanilla extract, and cornstarch and mix well.

  5. Arrange apples in the water mixture and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until apples are slightly tender, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until sugar begins to caramelize, water mixture is thickened, and apples are tender, about 15 minutes more. Stir the water mixture and spoon it over the apples. Cool apples for about 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

Substitute pecans for the walnuts if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

350 Calories
14g Fat
53g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 350
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 268mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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