Grilled Apples

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Welcome to the delicious world of Grilled Apples! This recipe is a delightful way to transform crisp, tart-sweet apples into a warm and caramelized treat. The combination of butter, sugars, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg creates a heavenly blend of flavors that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

To begin, select two firm tart-sweet apples such as Honey Crisp, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji. These apple varieties work wonderfully in this recipe, providing a balance of sweetness and tartness. You can leave the skin intact for added texture and nutritional value, but feel free to peel them if you prefer a smoother finish.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, ranging from 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, creating the ideal environment for grilling perfection. While the grill heats up, slice the apples into 1/4-inch thick slices, arranging them on a large piece of aluminum foil. This foil will serve as a protective cocoon for the apples, allowing them to cook gently and absorb the flavors.

Now it’s time to add the magic! Distribute two tablespoons of butter, thinly sliced or melted coconut oil for a vegan alternative, over the apple slices. Sprinkle two tablespoons of brown sugar and two tablespoons of white sugar evenly, ensuring that every slice gets a sweet coating. Next, sprinkle one teaspoon of cinnamon, followed by a quarter teaspoon each of ginger and nutmeg. Use your fingers to gently toss the apple slices, allowing the spices and sugars to mingle and coat them with goodness.

To lock in the flavors and moisture, seal the apple packet by placing another piece of foil on top. This extra layer will help retain the delicious juiciness. For proper ventilation, poke a few holes in the top foil using a fork. These small perforations allow steam to escape, preventing the apples from becoming overly mushy.

Now it’s time to introduce the apples to the grill! Place the foil packet over indirect heat and grill for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Keep a close eye on them as they transform into fork-tender perfection. The indirect heat ensures gentle cooking, allowing the sugars to caramelize and the flavors to meld together beautifully.

Once the apples have reached their desired tenderness, it’s time for the grand finale—serving! You have a couple of options here. You can choose to present the foil packet directly or transfer the grilled apples into bowls or plates for a more elegant touch. To elevate this delightful dessert even further, top the warm, caramelized apples with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. The contrast between the warm apples and cold ice cream creates a heavenly combination of temperatures and flavors that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Get ready to indulge in the mouthwatering pleasure of Grilled Apples. It’s a simple yet impressive dessert that will make any gathering or mealtime truly memorable. Enjoy the delectable blend of sweet, tangy, and spiced flavors that emerge from the grill, creating a tantalizing treat for your taste buds.

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Grilled Apples

Grilled Apples

Grilled apples make the best summer dessert! Grill them with sugar and spices until tender, then serve them with “a la mode” with melty vanilla ice cream.

  • Author: A Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: :05
  • Cook Time: :25
  • Total Time: :30
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled


  • 2 firm tart-sweet apples (like Honey Crisp, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • For serving: Vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. Cut the apples into 1/4” slices (no need to peel unless you want to). Place the apples on a large piece of aluminum foil. Top with the butter, cut into thin pats, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Toss them with your fingers to combine. Seal the packet by placing another piece of foil on top and poke holes in it with a fork (to allow moisture to escape).
  3.  Grill over indirect heat for 20 to 25 minutes until the apples are fork tender. Top with ice cream and serve (either right on the foil, or place in bowls or on plates).
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