Microwave ‘baked’ stuffed apples

Total Time
22 min
12 min
10 min
Using the microwave to make these homey baked-style apples speeds the cooking process considerably—they usually bake in the oven for about an hour. These apples and the syrupy topping cook in less than 10 minutes. We chose Roma apples for this dessert since their dense flesh holds its shape so well when baked, and their flavor becomes sweeter and richer. If you can’t find Rome apples, use Jonagold, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn. The filling is a mix of brown sugar, raisins, walnuts, honey, and cinnamon. It is a warming, sweet and crunchy mix that works wonderfully with the tender apples.


Fresh apple(s)

2 large, Rome

Packed brown sugar

3 Tbsp


2 Tbsp

Chopped walnuts



1 Tbsp

Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp


  1. Halve the apples crosswise, then partially core them to create a small cavity. Cut a paper-thin slice from the bottom of each apple half so they stand upright. Place the halves, core-side up, in a microwavable pie plate. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar, the raisins, walnuts, honey and cinnamon. Spoon into the cavities, then sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar.
  2. Cover the pie plate with plastic wrap, venting it. Microwave on High until the apples are tender, 5-6 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic wrap; place the apples on 4 dessert plates.
  3. Microwave the pan juices on High until syrupy, 2-4 minutes. Spoon over the apples. Serve warm or at room temperature.