Core baking apples (e.g., Rome Beauty, Starr, Jersey Red, Winesap, Northern Spy, Golden Delicious or Greening).
Pare 1 inch strip of skin around middle of each apple or upper half of each to prevent skin from splitting.
Heat oven to 375Â°.
Place apples upright in ungreased baking dish.
Fill center of each apple with 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated or brown sugar, 1 teaspoon butter or margarine and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.
Pour water (1/4 inch) into baking dish.
Spooning syrup in pan on apples several times during baking, bake 30 minutes.
Cool 30 minutes.
Cover and refrigerate.