Apple cinnamon quesadillas

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Are you looking for a quesadilla recipe that is more sweet than savory? Check out this recipe for apple cinnamon quesadillas. These sweet apple quesadillas are loaded with spiced apples, creamy monterey jack cheese, cream cheese and honey. They are coated in a layer of honey butter then dusted with a light coat of cinnamon sugar.

This recipe for apple cinnamon quesadillas is made with gluten free tortillas so that the quesadillas are gluten free. If you do not have a gluten intolerance, you can also make this recipe with regular tortillas. If you are looking for durable, flexible gluten free tortillas that will not crack when folded, Toufayan gluten free tortillas are the best of the best.

Apple cinnamon quesadillas with cinnamon sugar on the outsides. There are apples behind the quesadillas.

What is in apple cinnamon quesadillas?

What is in apple cinnamon quesadillas? Here are all of the ingredients that are used to make apple cinnamon quesadillas.

  • Tortillas. As with any quesadillas, you will need large tortillas to make these apple cinnamon quesadillas. We use Toufayan brand gluten free tortillas because they are the most durable and flexible gluten free tortillas around.
  • Apples. You will also need apples to make these apple cinnamon quesadillas. We use fuji apples, but you can use any kind of apples you prefer. We recommend using a sweet red apple rather than a sour green apple.
  • Monterey jack cheese. Monterey jack cheese is the main cheese that is used in these quesadillas. You can also use another mild, creamy cheese like American cheese, mozzarella cheese, or provolone. You should avoid using strong, nutty cheese like sharp cheddar or gruyere.
  • Cream cheese. A little cream cheese is added to the monterey jack cheese to make these apple quesadillas a little extra creamy.
  • Butter. Butter is used in a few different ways in this apple quesadilla recipe. The butter is the main fat that is used to cook the apples as well as quesadillas. Butter is also melted and mixed with honey to create a sweet and creamy coating that helps the cinnamon sugar stick to the outside of the quesadillas.
  • Honey. Honey is also used in a few different ways in this recipe. Some honey is drizzled on the inside of the quesadillas to bring a little extra sweetness to the quesadillas. Honey is also mixed with melted butter to create a coating that helps the cinnamon sugar stick to the quesadillas.
  • Cinnamon & sugar. A mixture of cinnamon and sugar is used to coat these  quesadillas. A mixture of honey and butter is brushed on the outside of the quesadillas before the cinnamon sugar is added to help the cinnamon sugar stick to the quesadillas.
  • Nutmeg. A little nutmeg is added to the apples as they cook to give them a spiced flavor. The warm flavor of the nutmeg pairs perfectly with the cinnamon sugar that is sprinkled on the outside of the quesadillas.
  • Salt. After the quesadillas are cooked and all of the cheese is melted, the outsides of the quesadillas are salted. The spiced apples are also salted to enhance their natural sweetness. 

Slices of apples cooking in a pan for apple cinnamon quesadillas.

How to make apple cinnamon quesadillas

  • Cook the apples. The first step in making apple cinnamon quesadillas is to slice & cook the apples. The apples are sautéed in butter and sprinkled with salt and nutmeg to enhance their natural sweetness. 
  • Assemble the quesadillas. After the apples are done cooking, it is time to cook the quesadillas. Pile some cheese and cream cheese on one half of a large tortilla then top the cheese with spiced apples and a drizzle of honey. 
  • Cook the quesadillas. After the quesadillas have been assembled, it is time to cook them. The quesadillas should be sautéed in butter until both sides are a light golden brown. 
  • Apply the honey butter coating. After the quesadillas are done cooking, it is time to apply the honey butter coating. This coating helps the cinnamon and sugar stick to the outside of the quesadilla without falling off. Melt the butter then mix it with the honey and brush it onto the outsides of the quesadilla. You should apply the coating to both sides of the quesadilla. 
  • Dip the quesadillas in salt and cinnamon sugar. First, sprinkle salt onto the outsides of the quesadillas. After that, mix the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar onto the quesadillas. The salt and cinnamon sugar should be applied to both sides of the quesadillas as well. 

A tortilla with cheese and cooked apples on half of it for apple cinnamon quesadillas.

How do you store leftover quesadillas?

How do you store leftover quesadillas? Leftover apple cinnamon quesadillas should be stored in an airtight container such as a gallon bag or a glass food storage container. Leftover quesadillas will keep in the refrigerator for up to a few days. If you plan to have leftover quesadillas, we recommend waiting to coat the quesadillas in the cinnamon sugar mix until after you reheat these quesadillas. The sugar-based coating can harden when the quesadillas are reheated. 

How do you reheat apple cinnamon quesadillas?

You have a few options when it comes to reheating these apple cinnamon quesadillas. Here are your options. 

  • On the stovetop. For best results, we recommend reheating these apple cinnamon quesadillas on the stovetop. This will help the quesadillas crisp up and prevent them from becoming soggy. We recommend cooking the quesadillas over medium low to medium heat in a little butter or oil for a few minutes until the cheese melts. 
  • In the microwave. If you do not have enough time to reheat your quesadillas on the stove or if you do not want to dirty any additional pans then you can also heat your quesadillas in the microwave. However, quesadillas that are reheated in the microwave will be more soggy and less crispy than quesadillas that are reheated on the stove. We recommend microwaving the quesadillas on full power for 30 – 60 seconds.

Troubleshooting quesadillas

Here are some common issues you might encounter when making quesadillas and the easiest ways to fix them.

  • The tortillas crumble when they are folded. Are your tortillas crumbling when you try to fold them? Try microwaving the stack of quesadillas for 15 – 20 seconds with a damp paper towel before assembling the quesadillas. Tortillas that are cold and dry are more likely to crumble than tortillas that are warm and hydrated. If this does not work, you might need to try a new brand of tortillas. Toufayan gluten free tortillas are our go-to when it comes to quesadillas.
  • The cheese does not melt inside the quesadillas. Is the cheese inside of your quesadillas not melting all the way? That may mean you are cooking the quesadillas at too high of a temperature. Try cooking the quesadillas on low for a few minutes before cranking up the heat to crisp up the sides of the quesadillas.
  • The sides of the quesadillas do not crisp up. Are the sides of your quesadillas not crisping up as much as you would like? Try cooking the quesadillas over higher heat and make sure to heat your pan before you add the quesadillas to the pan.

Apple cinnamon quesadillas

Are you looking for a cheesy quesadilla recipe that is sweet rather than savory? Then check out this recipe for apple cinnamon quesadillas! These tasty apple cinnamon quesadillas are stuffed with creamy monterey jack cheese and warm spiced apples. The quesadillas are fried until they are nice and crispy then doused in a sweet cinnamon sugar mixture.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: egg free, gluten free, nut free, vegetarian
Servings: 4 quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 4 gluten free tortillas (large wrap or burrito style tortillas)
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • butter (as needed for frying quesadillas)

Spiced apples

  • 2 fuji apples
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Honey butter coating

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp honey

Cinnamon sugar coating

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Slice the apples into thin slices.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium low to medium heat then melt the butter for the spiced apples. Add the apple slices, nutmeg, and salt to the skillet and cook the apples for 10 - 15 minutes until they lightly brown. Flip the apples every few minutes.
  • Add some cream cheese, monterey jack cheese, and apples to one half of a tortilla. Drizzle a small amount of honey over the cream cheese, cheese, and apples. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the top of the filling.
    Assemble the rest of the quesadillas in the same way.
  • Heat the same pan you used to cook the apples over medium heat. Add butter as needed to coat the pan. If there is a lot of butter left over from cooking the apples, you may not need to add any butter.
  • Cook the quesadillas until the bottoms are golden brown then flip the quesadillas. Cook the other side of the quesadillas until they are golden brown. The quesadillas should take around 3 - 5 minutes to cook per side.
  • Melt the butter for the honey butter coating in a small bowl. Mix the honey with the melted butter then spread the honey butter coating on the outsides of the quesadillas.
    Make sure to coat both sides of the quesadillas with the honey butter coating.
  • Sprinkle salt on the outsides of the quesadillas. Make sure to add salt to both sides of the quesadillas.
  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar for the cinnamon sugar coating and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on the outsides of the quesadillas. Make sure to add cinnamon sugar to both sides of the quesadillas.

Substitutions for apple quesadillas

  • Gluten free tortillas. If you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can use regular tortillas rather than gluten free tortillas. 
  • Monterey jack cheese. Having trouble finding monterey jack cheese? You can use another type of mild, creamy cheese like provolone, American, or mozzarella. You should avoid using sharp, nutty cheeses like sharp cheddar.
  • Fuji apples. You can use another kind of apple if you cannot find fuji apples. We recommend using a sweet red apple rather than a sour green apple.  

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