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Apple-Glazed Holiday Ham

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours


15 servings

Each Christmas I'm asked to prepare this apple glazed ham. I'm happy to oblige because it is easy to assemble, bakes for a few hours unattended and is simply delicious. —Emory Doty, Jasper, Georgia
Apple-Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 spiral-sliced fully cooked bone-in ham (7 to 9 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash ground ginger
  • Dash ground cinnamon


  1. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 hours.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Brush ham with some glaze; bake 30-60 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 140°, brushing occasionally with remaining glaze.

Apple-Glazed Holiday Ham Tips

What I can I serve with Apple-Glazed Holiday Ham?

Once you’ve chosen the perfect ham for your holiday meal, it’s time to plan the menu!

Ham is a versatile entree that goes with almost any of your favorite holiday side dishes. We love it with creamy mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli, creamed corn and cheesy rolls. Or try it with warm baked apples to complement the ham’s signature flavors.

Can I glaze the ham with the skin on?

No, it’s best to remove the skin (also called rind) just before applying the glaze. Leaving the skin on will prevent your glaze from penetrating the meat and your ham will not get crisp. However, for this recipe, follow one of our Test Kitchen’s secrets for cooking ham: Leave on the skin on the ham during the first two hours of cooking. This allows the layer of fat underneath to slowly cook and flavor the meat while retaining the moisture. About 30-60 minutes before the ham is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool just enough to handle. Use a sharp knife to trim the skin and fat. Apply the glaze and return to the oven to finish baking. This last stint in the oven lets the glaze’s flavor permeate the meat and form a nice crispy crust on top without cooking too much.

How should I store leftovers of this recipe?

A fully cooked ham can be stored for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. To further extend its shelf life, freeze ham in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces ham: 242 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 1138mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein.

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