Today is September 3rd. Summer weather is still lingering but the hopes for the crisp fall air are palpable. I, myself, cannot wait for the chill in the air, cozy sweaters, jeans and the leaves to dazzle me with their vibrance. School, for us, starts tomorrow. The smells of freshly sharpened pencils and the excitement are abound! Today, we chose to pick apples… my favorites tart green & Honeycrisps.
Once we got home, I promptly pulled out my mandoline and started slicing. Apple chips were on the brain and the perfect snack to pack in lunches tomorrow. These are super easy, extraordinarily sweet and tart and promise to bring a smile to your face.
You can customize these how you want them. I made three versions. One plain, one with cinnamon and sugar and one with a powdery rub.
4 apples (I used tart green granny smith type apples), washed and sliced 1/8 of an inch thick – remove seeds
Rub – 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
Cinnamon and sugar combination – I used a prepared container of cinnamon and sugar blend.
Preheat the oven to 215 degrees. Line 3-4 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drizzle the lemon juice over the top of all of the slices. This prevents discoloring.
Then if you’re opting to do plain – place the slices in a single layer on your baking sheet.
If you’re topping with cinnamon and sugar – place on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with the mixture.
If you’re using the rub – place the cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a shallow bowl. Mix. Then place the apple slices in the mixture, dust off and place on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until crisp. Keep a watchful eye after the one hour mark. The edges will curl a bit and they will feel crispy or just about there. Remove and let cool. Store in a tupperware container for 2-3 days.