Crispy Apple Chips

Crispy Green Apple Chips - Granny Smith

Crispy apple chips were originally meant for garnishing desserts but it also makes for an addictive light snack. Paper-thin apple slices are soaked in a simple syrup and dried in a very low oven to keep the fresh apple flavor intact.

Granny Smith apples are perfect for this recipe — drying intensifies its tartness, but the syrup keeps the sweetness and sourness balanced.

recipe adapted from Wayne Gisslen’s Professional Baking

Crispy Apple Chips

Crispy Apple Chips - Sliced

1 cup (7 ounces / 200 grams) granulated sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (7 ounces / 200 grams) water

2 green apples, preferably a tart and crisp varietal such as Granny Smith

Equipment:

Crispy Apple Chips - Benriner Mandolin

  • A small saucepan
  • A melon baller
  • A mandolin slicer
  • 1 to 2 sheet pans lined with silicone mats or parchment

Notes:

  • Peeling the apples is optional, but unpeeled apple slices may curl up as it dries in the oven.
  • The suggested drying times below are for paper-thin semitransparent slices.

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Cut the apples in half crosswise and core with a melon baller. Using a mandolin slicer, slice the apples crosswise into paper-thin rounds.
  3. Drop the sliced apples in the syrup immediately and heat gently for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the sliced apples cool in the syrup, at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 175ºF / 80ºC.
  5. Carefully remove the apple slices from the syrup and place gently on sheet pans lined with silicone mats or parchment. Dry in the 175ºF / 80ºC oven until crisp, at least 2 hours.

Crispy Apple Chips

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67 Responses to “Crispy Apple Chips”

  1. snooky doodle says:

    wow i like these . i ll surely try them. Thanks for posting it :)

  2. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    That looks like a wonderful holiday treat!

  3. natalia says:

    How nice ! I can’t wait to nibble on them |

  4. Natashya says:

    They look great! I would probably eat them all in one sitting. :)

  5. Christina says:

    So cool! I like banana chips, but apple chips would be a nice change of pace. Now I just need to find a decent mandolin slicer.

  6. kat says:

    They’re such a healthy snack

  7. Squawkfox says:

    I make these every fall to preserve the apples in my little orchard. First I core them, then I use a food processor (with a slicing disk) to perfectly slice the apples. I then use a food dehydrator to dry and preserve them. Due to the large volume of apples I have, I find this method works nicely. :D A very yummy, a healthful, treat!

  8. Susan/Wild Yeast says:

    Your slices look so thin and perfect. What mandolin do you have? I had one but got rid of it because it was a piece of junk.

  9. Cynthia says:

    That sounds like quite a treat.

  10. linda says:

    Have to try these out, they must be delicious!
    Love the picture with the sliced apple.

  11. Sweatha says:

    Lovely,pass it over delcious.

  12. sweetbird says:

    I’m scared that if I buy a mandolin I’ll chop my hand off.

  13. giz says:

    This is so my kind of snack. I never thought of using my mandolin to make these – doh!!!

  14. robin // caviar and codfish says:

    Ahh, thank you! I’ve been trying to make these for a while—your recipe is so much better than the ones I found so far. :)

  15. grace says:

    a mandolin has just been added to my christmas list, pretty much solely for this purpose. :)

  16. Carm says:

    Oooh yummy! They sell these in the shops in Italy… I havnt tried them yet…!

  17. Lori Lynn says:

    What neat photos. I would serve these as one of the accompaniments on a cheese platter.

  18. Caroline says:

    This is a good reason to take my mandoline out from the back of the cupboards.
    Like the mandoline shot: watch your fingers :)

  19. javapot says:

    wow, lovely and healthy. The shots are great!

  20. Aparna says:

    I never knew you could make crisps with apples. I just learnt something new.:)

    I think your “sliced apple” picture is very good.

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  22. Elizabeth says:

    So thin! And so healthily delicious!!

  23. yasmeen says:

    The slicer sure is handy for such thin slicing ,love the way you presented it:)

  24. maris says:

    These look so good! On Saturday I was watching the food network and Giada was making beer battered apple and onion rings – but these sound a lot better – and healthier, even!

  25. Miri says:

    These look wonderful, Jude! And in those chilly evenings, when the appetite is rising, I’m really looking for a relatively low-fat snack.

  26. Jescel says:

    Hah! I used to decorate my Christmas wreath with dried slices of apples and oranges, cinnamon sticks and other flavors of the holidays.. I never thought of eating the dried apples! LOL… this would make for a good treat, indeed!

  27. _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver says:

    Once again, very pretty.

  28. Lynne says:

    Perfect slices and beautiful photos.

  29. jo says:

    Thanks for posting this and I must try this one week-end. And you don’t even need to get a bag from the supermarket any more.

  30. noobcook says:

    They looked perfectly sliced and so beautiful … makes the perfect snack that’s also so healthy =)

  31. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Hooray — another excuse to get out my mandoline!

  32. Heather says:

    I use my melon baller for the same thing, and I always wonder if people actually own apple corers anymore.

  33. Y says:

    Jude, what a stunning photo of that freshly sliced apple :)

  34. hanne says:

    Wow, now why don’t I have a mandoline? I can think of so many uses for apple chips.

  35. Dragon says:

    I would love to dust these with some cinnamon sugar. :)

  36. vale says:

    Questa ricetta mi serviva prorio adoro le mele!!!!
    complimenti per il blog
    hello
    vale

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  38. van says:

    Your photos are stunning! What a great chip!

  39. Jesse says:

    Wow, delicious and super healthy… can this be true???

  40. Sophia says:

    what other apples are great for this recipe….
    the granny smiths taste delicious….
    but took a little longer than 2 hours….my slices were not paper thin but pretty thin.

  41. Jessica says:

    Can you do this with red apples as well?

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  43. ruby says:

    wow, i love these first tried them in germany and are soooo glad i have found the recipe!

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