Better Homes and Gardens recommends using Braeburn, Jonagold, Jonathan or Granny Smith apple varieties for baked apple recipes. These varietals are preferred because they hold their shape and retain their flavor when cooked.
Chefs and cooks differ in their preference for baking apples. Alton Brown suggests using Braeburn or Fuji apples for his baked apple recipe. SimplyRecipes.com prefers Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious or Jonagold. NPR.org conducted a side-by-side test and determined that Granny Smith apples are not suitable for baked apple recipes. Its choice is the Honeycrisp apple variety because it still looked good after baking and kept most of its flavor.