Apple Syrup

Apple Syrup ready in 15 minutes!

This Apple Syrup is quick, easy and makes everything better! Toss fresh apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and water into a pot and let it simmer for a gourmet tasting syrup in minutes. This Cinnamon Apple Syrup is absolutely delightful on pancakes, waffles, French toast, oatmeal and even ice cream. 

top view of a sauce pan of best apple syrup with a ladle

Apple Syrup Recipe

In anticipation of my Sweet Potato Pancakes which I will be posting later this week, I wanted to first bring you my favorite syrup to smother them with: Chunky Cinnamon Apple Syrup!

The Cinnamon Apple Syrup tastes exactly how it sounds: tender, sweet apples, swimming in cinnamon syrup AKA drool worthy.

This Apple Syrup is the star of the Sweet Potato Pancakes, and will be the star of anything you smother them with. You see, I have a thing for drenching breakfast foods in fruit syrup.  It’s a secret I discovered long ago – fruit syrup makes everything better!    

up close view of chunky cinnamon apple syrup on top of a stack of sweet potato pancakes

My thinking is because syrup is mostly sugar, you might as well make your own (because it is SO EASY) and while you’re at it, you might as well throw in some fruit because this seemingly simple addition instantly elevates your ordinary syrup into an extraordinary sweet, syrupy, fruit infused bath that makes absolutely everything it glides across, pools on or smothers better:

up close of a ladle full of chunky apple syrup

What Apples Should I Use?

Granny Smith apples are the best apples for Apple Syrup because their tartness balances out the sweetness of the sugar.  I do not suggest using any sweet apples for this recipe otherwise it will not taste balanced and instead taste sickly sweet.

up close of Granny Smith Apples on a cutting board to show which apples are best for Apple Syrup

How to Make Apple Syrup

To make this seemingly indulgent delight, simply simmer apples, cinnamon, a little butter, sugar, and water (mixed with cornstarch).  In ten short minutes (or ten long minutes depending just how hungry you are), you have fresh, Cinnamon Apple Syrup and a home that smells delightfully cozy.

Here is a breakdown step by step:

STEP 1: In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, cornstarch whisked with water and cinnamon. 

showing how to make apple syrup by adding water, cornstarch, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon to a saucepan

STEP 2: Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and melt butter.

showing how to make apple syrup by melting brown sugar with butter and water


STEP 3: Boil for 1 minute then reduce heat to medium and add apples.

showing how to make apple syrup by adding apples to a saucepan
showing how to make apple syrup by stirring apples into syrup

STEP 4: Simmer for 10 minutes, or until apples reach desired tenderness.

showing how to make apple syrup by simmering apples with the syrup

How Big Should I Chop My Apples?

The size of your apples is personal preference.  I like to  chop mine into 1/2” cubes.  Keep in mind that the apples will shrink considerably when cooked.  For chunkier Apple Syrup, chop bigger apple pieces, for less chunky, chop smaller pieces. 

The size of your apples will also affect the ratio of apples to syrup.   Large apple chunks means more syrup, smaller apple chunks means more apples.

showing how to make apple syrup by chopping apples into cubes

How do I thicken Apple Syrup?

Depending on how much moisture your apples release, you may need to thicken or thin your Apple Syrup.

  • To thin:  stir in an additional tablespoon or so of water to reach desired consistency. 
  • To thicken: whisk 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water until dissolved.  Stir into Apple Syrup then bring to a simmer until thickened.
side view of ladle scooping up easy apple syrup

How do I store Apple Syrup?

Cinnamon Apple Syrup should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How Long does Apple Syrup Last?

Apple Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

chunky apple syrup in a white bowl with a ladle

What Should I Serve with Apple Syrup?

You will want to smother everything with this Cinnamon Apple Syrup.  Some of my favorites to serve with Apple Syrup are:

  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • French toast
  • Crepes
  • Oatmeal
  • Ice cream
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese

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cinnamon apple syrup on a bite of sweet potato pancakes

 

up close view of chunky cinnamon apple syrup on top of a stack of sweet potato pancakes

Cinnamon Apple Syrup

This Cinnamon Apple Syrup is quick, easy and makes everything better! Toss everything into a pot and let it simmer for a gourmet tasting syrup in less than 15 minutes! This Apple Syrup is absolutely delightful on pancakes, waffles, French toast, oatmeal and even ice cream.
Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tart apples peeled and chopped into 1/2" chunks
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in ⅓ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine all of the syrup ingredients except for the apples. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and melt butter.
  • Boil for 1 minute then reduce heat to medium and add apples. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until apples are desired tenderness. Depending on how much moisture your apples release, you may need to stir in an additional tablespoon or so of water to reach desired consistency.
  • Serve over pancakes, waffles, French toast, oatmeal or ice cream.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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42 Comments

  1. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare says

    Oh my gosh! This looks sooooo good, and really easy! I can’t wait for your Sweet Potato Coconut Oatmeal Pancakes. Apples and cinnamon are perfect together.

    • Jen says

      Easy and Delicious are the best! I am posting the pancakes tomorrow to put an end to your suspense 🙂 Thanks Crystal!

    • Jen says

      That would be absolutely delicious! Sounds so great for this super hot day! (at least hot over here 🙂 )

    • Jen says

      What a great idea for a gift! LOVE that idea!

  2. Asa says

    That wooden spoon is amazing! I have to get one!

    • Jen says

      Thank you Asa! It was a gift years ago that I absolutely love!

    • Jen says

      I might have to use your idea to gift these – GREAT IDEA!

  3. Laura Hinckley says

    Yum! I am definitely going to do this and put over a buttered biscuit. I can’t wait to check out the other recipes you linked to this and bookmarked it so I can come back. Kuddos!

    • Jen says

      Mmmmmm, over buttered biscuits sounds divine!!! Excited for you to check out the other recipes too! Thanks Laura!

  4. Jill Fisher says

    So, at what point are the apples added? Am I missing something?

    • Jen says

      No, apparently I was! Amazing how you can read something so many times, and not catching something major like that! Thanks for letting me know! I have updated the recipe.

    • Jen says

      LOL! Being a caveman, I would think you would be an expert at the sharp implements 🙂 Thanks Tony, I think you will love it and feel like an accomplished chef!

  5. Meg says

    Looks AMAZING! Do you have any idea how long this might keep for in the refrigerator? As delicious as it looks, I don’t think I’ll be able to manage ALL of it on my oatmeal tomorrow morning. (Don’t worry though – I will give it my best shot.)

    • Jen says

      LOL! The only perishable ingredient is the apples and once they are cooked, they should last a solid week. You can also freeze this syrup as well in a plastic container (so the glass doesn’t crack). Enjoy!

  6. Sarah says

    Woke up this morning to snowy and slick roads but really wanted pancakes. I was out of pancake syrup and this was an EASY and delicious substitute : ) Will definitely make again, thank you!

    • Jen says

      What a wonderful winter syrup – sounds so cozy! So glad you enjoyed it Sarah! Thank you!

  7. Nabeah says

    I love this syrup. People get syrup so they can eat pancakes, I make pancakes so I can have some more of this. It’s heavenly. It has just the perfect amount of sweetness and cinnamon. The only thing I did differently was that I added more water and a little more cornstarch. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome, so happy you love it!!

  8. judy says

    I think this would be good over pork chops or pork loin………….??

    • Jen says

      Hi Judy, it might be a little on the sweet side for that, but could be perfect if you reduce the amount of sugar. If you try it, please let me know!

  9. Sally says

    Hi Jen, This sounds like a wonderful recipe and I know my extended family would love this as much as I will!
    I live on Social Security and need to make gifts and remembrances throughout the year. Putting your Apple Syrup in a gift basket along with other homemade goodies would be delightful. With that in mind, I was wondering if your recipe could be canned/bottled?
    Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Sally, your gifts sound absolutely beautiful, I’m sure they are very much appreciated! I think this Apply Syrup would be a great addition!

  10. Cindy says

    Sounds like a yummy recipe and cant wait to make it for pancakes…

    In The section How do I thicken Apple Syrup? The To Thicken instructions are missing , what I think is suppose to be a TBSP of cornstarch…

    • Jen says

      Thanks for catching that Cindy, just updated. Enjoy!

  11. Phil says

    I usually hate cooked apples, but this was sublime. Thanks for a terrific recipe!

    • Jen says

      I’m so pleased this recipe could help change your mind! Thanks for taking the time to comment Phil!

  12. Phil says

    …and if that wasn’t enough, this morning I made apple dumplings with the leftover apple syrup (it had dried up a bit in the fridge and the apples soaked up what liquid was left) and some crescent rolls in a can with a smidge of butter and cinnamon on top of each, and they were even better than yesterday’s waffles! Thanks again for the recipe that keeps on giving!

    • Jen says

      Mmmmm, what a fabulous idea – I’m drooling over here! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Ahriel says

    My Family LOVED this. I made it tonight for dinner!
    thank you for the recipes

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome, I’m so happy to hear it was a hit!

  14. Cathy McAfee says

    I was wondering, how would this go over apple pie? Also could this recipe be gd to use as a syrup for dumplings

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