Baked apples are one of those super simple desserts you can easily whip up when the mood strikes. And believe me, the mood for these babies strikes often. It's the tasty appliness of an apple pie without the extra work of apple slicing, dough rolling, and flour covered clothes. Maybe you can make a pie without looking like kindergardeners used you as a chalkboard, but I can't.
Plus, these apples are packed with brown sugar, cinnamon, and cream cheese. Sort of like an inside out apple cheesecake, if apple cheesecakes were cheesecake with an apple inside.
I like using granny smith apples best because they resist turning into a sweet mush like some apples varieties do once they're baked. Grannies hold up to the heat nicely and offer a good balance of sweet and tart against the sugary filling.