How to Make Dried Apple Rings in the Oven

How to Make Dried Apple Rings in the Oven

These dried apple rings are proof that not everything that is good in life is illegal, immoral, or fattening. Seriously. There are times when all I want is fruit, and these oven-dried apples are as sweet as candy.

I made these with HunnyZ apples, which is a new Washington apple that I discovered last week. They are big and flavorful, unlike some of the other honeycrisp crosses I’ve tried. Mr. uglyducklingbakery says they taste too much like apple juice. Isn’t that what an apple should taste like? But, hey, if he wants his Braeburns, I won’t argue with him.

We do agree that we like our dried apple rings still a bit chewy, but you can dehydrate them longer if you like a crisp dried apple.

an apple ring in a bowl of lemon juice and water.

FAQs about dried apple rings

What are the best apples for oven-dried apple rings?

You’ll want to pick a apple varietal that is firm, either sweet like a honeycrisp or a honeycrisp cross or tart like a Pink Lady).

What is the purpose of the lemon juice?

It prevents the apple from turning brown during the drying process, but it can also have antimicrobial properties if you intend to preserve your dried apples for longer than a day or two.

Can I add cinnamon or other spices?

Of course, and you’d do it after dipping into the lemon juice and before baking. But if you’ve got great tasting apples, they shouldn’t need anything else.

How long can I store these?

In my house, about an hour. They’ll keep in an airtight container at room temperature for days regardless of how dry you’ve made them. If you’ve completely dried them to crispy, they’ll keep for months. If they are still a bit sticky, you will want to eat them right away.

a baking sheet filled with apple slices

Dried apple rings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author uglyducklingbakery


  • Apple corer


  • 1 lemon
  • 2 apples


  • Juice the lemon and combine the juice in a bowl with an equal amount of water.
  • Core the apples. Using a mandoline (careful of your fingers!) or a sharp knife, cut rings about 2mm (<1/8") thick.
  • One by one, dunk both sides of the apple slices into the lemon juice and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You can crowd the apple slices but do not overlap them.
  • If you have a dehydrator setting on your oven, bake at 175°F for 2 or so hours, longer if you want the rings to be crispy. Flip them over after about an hour.

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a baking sheet with dried apple rings

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