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Apple-Cinnamon Shortcakes Recipe

Apple-Cinnamon Shortcakes Recipe

Putting a spin on a summertime favorite, we topped tender shortcakes with delightful sauteed apples. The humble dessert is true comfort! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup plus 4 teaspoons melted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 large tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, combine cream and 1/2 cup butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • 2. Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Brush with remaining butter; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.
  • 3. For filling, in a large skillet, melt butter. Add apples; saute until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently split warm shortcakes in half horizontally. Top bottom halves with apple mixture; replace tops. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 shortcake with 1/3 cup filling: 496 calories, 30g fat (19g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 254815
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"So good. Great fall spin on the traditional shortcake. Drizzled with caramel or served over ice cream, both were winners!"

DavidG615 User ID: 8210981 234853
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"There so good mad these with my grandauther"

fhquilting User ID: 2569371 234812
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"This is a wonderful way to saute apples. I have been doing this for 40 years as an accompaniment to pork roast and chops. Also wonderful topping for ice cream and gingerbread. Note to tinafizz: my favorite apples for sauteing are Golden Delicious. They hold their shape and do not need to be peeled!"

bellatrue1 User ID: 8130142 133057
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014 Edited Sep. 29, 2016

"This would be great for that one time of year through the Holidays to make."

tinafizz User ID: 6809260 184610
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"This was delicious! Very easy to make too. I also got more shortcakes then what the recipe said. I had to taste one before serving it and it was so good by itself. My apples did get a little mushy. Does any one know what type of apple would work best for this recipe?"

KLSmith User ID: 250775 117712
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"Very Good! The only change we made was to double the filling/apple mixture. Great dessert for a cool fall day! The shortcakes are very tender and wonderful served warm."

Pat222 User ID: 7965249 184609
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"So yummy thank you !!!!!!"

amk4985 User ID: 5118881 195300
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"loved it!"

dalvarez User ID: 5421108 150437
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"This is the kind of shortcake we made for all fruit, nix the cinnamon for, say, strawberry shortcake. I like it a lot better than the sponge cake type, I like the added crunch. When the filling is very hot, pour a little milk or cream over it, or top with whipped cream. Very good!"

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 192132
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"I agree with Mortinka. I want to know what to expect when I make a recipe not hear about how I shouldn't be making it because it's unhealthy or that "it sounds good" because that's why I plan on making it. Enough ranting, I did make this and it was average. The shortcakes cooked up fine, I got nine using 1/4 c. to measure. I used Braeburn apples and they took FOREVER to soften and were sliced very thinly. I finally gave up and threw a lid on the pan and steamed them. Flavor was good but nothing overly special."

Chef Wannabe User ID: 4546594 123884
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Can't understand why people have to put their 2 cents worth in without making the recipe.

I made this exactly as listed and it was very, very good.
The shortcake is soft, moist and good and the apple filling is very good.

Honey2_u User ID: 6751232 117731
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"I made this over the weekend as written for my daughter and 2 granddaughters. They loved it! The recipe was passed on to her. Thank you. easy and a great dessert."

peanutswife User ID: 3898273 212571
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"mortinka, thank you for saying what I think everytime I read a review only to find out the person hasn't made it or has but changed the ingredients and still rates it! Thank you!!!"

mortinka User ID: 911210 193652
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"Really? Not one person who has rated this recipe has tried it! Recipies should not be rated if you haven't made them. The rating is not supposed to be based on whether or not it sounds good to you & it's definately not supposed to be based on the fat or sugar content. If it's not healthy enough for you, go on to another recipe insteading of complaining & giving it a bad rating. Also, a recipe shouldn't be rated if you change all the ingredients. When I read a review, I want to hear from someone who's made the recipe as written, otherwise it's not a fair & accurate review."

DLWeston User ID: 3211810 133301
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"Sounds very good, and I haven't tried it yet. I would think that milk would work in the shortcakes rather than cream, just to reduce calories. Or, just make the apple part and enjoy it alone."

SparklingSunshine User ID: 6160531 196667
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"It's common knowledge that you can make desserts lighter and still have flavor. There is no reason a person can't have a healthy diet and enjoy desserts and snacks.

Reduced -fat evaporated milk is a good choice."

mknuth User ID: 1302723 150436
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"For sewseitz ~ they make a fat-free half and half, now. I would do a combination of that and whole or 2% milk (because you need some fat). Or try a reduced fat evaporated milk."

sewseitz User ID: 1075862 178254
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"Question: What would you use instead of heavy cream? Too much fat and calories!"

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 150435
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"We do a very similar thing at the Sr. Meals center (1,000 servings at a time) but use a Bisquick type product. There are no left-overs. :>)"

tsuop User ID: 6274346 212570
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"I'm giving this 5 stars w/out even trying it!! It sounds like an easy way around apple dumplings. Thanks for a great idea!!"

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