Caramel Apple Cups

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If you search Caramel Apple on our site you will find a plethora of awesome recipes, such as my favorite Caramel Apple Donuts, Caramel Apple Cinna-minis, Caramel Apple Dip, and much more!  Why you ask?  Well because in my opinion {caramel + apples = one of the BEST flavor combos EVER}!  It always has been my favorite and it probably always will be.  These Caramel Apple Cups fit into that category and did not disappoint.  They are a wonderful “mini” pie of sorts.  With a delicious graham cracker crust, sweet apple pie filling, and topped with a smooth caramel drizzle.  YUM!

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Over at Princess Pinky Girl she baked them in mini cupcake pans.  I didn’t have them available so I went with regular sized.  I tweaked this recipe slightly to work and they were perfect.  Making sure to bake your crusts a little before filling them, they are the perfect cup to hold the apple goodness!  Another wonderful recipe for one of our favorite times of the year!  FALL!


Caramel Apple Cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS
  • 10 Tablespoons BUTTER, melted
  • ⅓ cup POWDERED SUGAR
  • 3½ cups peeled, cored and chopped APPLES (I used a food processor but you can just chop them)
  • ⅓ cup SUGAR
  • ¼ cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 2¼ tablespoons FLOUR
  • ½ teaspoon CINNAMON
  • ¼ teaspoon NUTMEG
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease pan with non-stick spray. Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and powdered sugar in a bowl. Evenly distribute mixture to the 12 greased muffin cups. Press along the bottom and sides to make a “cup”. Bake for 5 minutes and let cool completely.
  2. In a baking dish, mix apples, sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake for 15 minutes, until apples are slightly softened. Scoop the apple mix and place on top of the graham cracker crust cups (while still in the muffin pan). Bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely and remove from pan. Drizzle with caramel topping. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Princess Pinky Girl


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Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza

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We’re celebrating apple season with Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza, made using Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

One of my favorite smells in all the world, besides freshly roasted coffee beans, is the smell of a bag full of fresh apples.  Absolutely heavenly!  When apple season rolls around, you’d better believe I will get my hands on just as many as I can.  They are so versatile and delicious – from cookies and cinnamon rolls to applesauce and danish pastry bars, apples are a family fave!

Today I’ve paired them with one of their favorite partners – cinnamon!  Warm and inviting, Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza totally screams fall.  Snickerdoodle cookie crust spread with tangy cream cheese cinnamon topped with fresh chopped apple chunks and sprinkled with a little more cinnamon and sugar.  Super amazing!… 

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Peanut Butter Apple Dip

In case you were unaware, kindergarten really makes a kid hungry!  Even with a morning snack and a full lunch, he still comes home looking for food.  Lots of learning and multiple recesses must really work up an appetite.  So in my journey to figuring out this ‘having a kid in school’ thing,  I have been looking for and experimenting with all sorts of meal and snack ideas.  Since he is a peanut butter LOVER and has recently discovered the joys of marshmallow creme, I knew this would be something he would enjoy.  I was able to mix it together real fast before I picked him up and then upon returning home I sliced an apple and we got to dipping!  He loved it and there was plenty so we stored it in an airtight container and enjoyed it for a few days.  With only 3 ingredients it is simple and easy and great on apples or even on graham crackers!

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies are a super way to enjoy fall’s fresh apples!
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According to the calendar, fall is still a week away…but according to the cool, gentle breeze outside, fall has arrived.  I was absolutely ecstatic to put on jeans, socks and slippers the other day while cooking up some good ol’ comfort food.    And after my monthly stack of magazines arrived last week (I’m always excited for fresh reading material!), I was flipping through Food Network Magazine and spied their list of an entire month of apple recipes.  Then my Friday afternoon turned into a loaf of applesauce granola bread and a batch of these little beauties.

If you’re a fan of soft, cake-like cookies, these are for you.  Full of spice and grated apple, these cookies are just begging to be made on a cool, fall afternoon.  Don’t skip the glaze, it’s the icing on the, errr, cookie ;)

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups FLOUR
  • 1 cup OLD-FASHIONED OATS
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  • ¾ teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • ½ teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • ½ teaspoon SALT
  • ¼ teaspoon GROUND ALLSPICE
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) BUTTER, melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup BROWN SUGAR
  • ½ cup WHITE SUGAR
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1 GALA or FUJI APPLE, coarsely grated
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA
  • 1 cup POWDERED SUGAR
  • 2 Tablespoons MILK
  • ½ teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line baking sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, oats, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice in a bowl.
  3. Stir together butter, sugars and eggs in a large bowl. Add grated apple and vanilla, stir well. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Use a cookie scoop (mine was 1½ Tablespoons) to scoop dough onto baking sheets. The cookies can be fairly close together because they don't spread out too much.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until set around the edges. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
  6. Stir together powdered sugar, milk and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Spoon onto cooled cookies.

 

Recipe Source: Food Network Magazine October 2014


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German Chocolate Apple Dip

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Like coconut pecan frosting for your favorite apple slices, German Chocolate Apple Dip is a sweet addition to your next party!

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So many delicious dessert combos, so little time…coconut, pecan and chocolate is a crazy favorite of mine.  Cake, cookies and bars are all amazing ways to enjoy this combo, but today’s recipe might take the cake.  German Chocolate Apple Dip is just the right amount of all of those things and it couldn’t be easier to make…. 

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Apple Cider Ice Cream

I have ALWAYS had a love for apple and all things apple.  Ever since I was little, apple pie (especially one with a crumble topping) has been my pie of choice.  I love fresh apple cider, caramel apples, apple crisp, apples dipped in peanut butter or caramel or nutella, and I even just enjoy a plain ole apple the most traditional way, straight off the core.  Needless to say, this time of year has huge appeal and I haven’t even mentioned how much I love pumpkin.  But I’ll save that for another day…..

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Another thing that I truly enjoy is homemade ice cream.  I have made a few different flavors in the past, but typically we stick with classic vanilla.  It is easy to make, uses minimal ingredients, and never disappoints.  But, sometimes it’s fun to switch it up a bit.  When I saw this apple cider ice cream, I knew it would be my switch up!  It still uses pretty few ingredients and is simple.

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This was my first attempt at making ice cream with sweetened condensed milk.  Like I said it was easy, but it didn’t thicken the same as other ice creams I have made.  I’m not sure that I can blame this entirely on the sweetened condensed milk, but it was the most major difference in recipes.  That being said…. I let it run through the machine for about 35 minutes, like usual, and then poured it in a container to put in the freezer.  The next day it was frozen to the perfect consistency and the flavor was just what this apple lover was looking for… especially on a rare 80 degree October day!!

 

Apple Cider Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 14-oz can SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
  • 2 cups HEAVY CREAM
  • 1 cup MILK
  • 1 1/2 cups FRESH APPLE CIDER
  • 1 Tablespoon CINNAMON

Instructions

  1. Place apple cider in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Boil until only 3 ounces remain. Remove from heat and let cool COMPLETELY (pouring it onto a plate will speed this process along). In a large bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, cream, milk and cinnamon. Add cooled cider to the milk mixture and whisk until combined. Add mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions. Pour into a freezer container and freeze until solid. Serve drizzled with caramel.
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Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Tender apples enveloped in a flaky pastry crust – Danish Pastry Apple Bars are a delightful way to enjoy the season’s best apples.

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Apples are fresh, delicious and in season right now.  We love to go out and pick our own at the orchard at least once a season.  It’s a more enjoyable event since the kids are getting older – seriously last time we were there, our bags were filled in record time…pretty soon I won’t even have to pick any, I’ll just supervise :)  We enjoyed several with last week’s Candy Bar Apple Dip, but an apple pie type dessert is a must this time of year…especially with my pie loving husband.

These bars are similar in concept to this slab apple pie – except this pastry is a little different in texture and you have to roll it out.  I loved the flakiness of the dough.  If the apples you use aren’t super tart you may want to use a bit less sugar, these were on the sweet side to me.  They would also be delicious served with caramel sauce and ice cream…just sayin’.

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Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Yield: 32 bars

A flaky pastry crust surrounds tender apples in this recipe for Danish Pastry Apple Bars.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups FLOUR
  • 1 teaspoon SALT
  • 1 cup SHORTENING
  • 1 EGG YOLK (you need the white later)
  • MILK
  • 1 cup CORNFLAKES
  • 8 cups peeled and sliced TART COOKING APPLES
  • 1 cup SUGAR (or less depending on how tart your apples really are)
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  • 1 EGG WHITE

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make the pastry: Combine flour and salt in a large bowl, use a pastry blender to cut in shortening - you want the mixture to resemble coarse crumbs. Put the egg yolk in a glass measuring cup and beat it lightly with a fork, measure in enough milk to make 2/3 cup and add to flour/shortening mixture. Using a fork, stir together lightly. It will be sticky after combined, divide into two pieces.
  3. Roll out the first half of pastry on a well-floured surface into a 17x12 inch rectangle. Fold together gently and transfer to a 10x15 inch baking pan. Press to fit the pan and sprinkle with the corn flakes.
  4. Layer apple slices on top of corn flakes. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle most of the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the apples. Roll out the other half of pastry into a 10x15 inch rectangle and fold together gently and place on top of apples. Unfold and pinch edges shut.
  5. Cut slits in the top crust and brush with beaten egg white. Use remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture to sprinkle over the top. Bake for 50 minutes; cover loosely with foil during the last half of baking to prevent crust from getting too brown.
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Recipe Source: Better Homes and Gardens Fall Baking 2013 Magazine

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Apple Cinnamon Hearts

I am always looking for a new way to curb my family’s snack cravings.  These days, with two growing boys and a pregnant mama, someone in this house is ALWAYS hungry or constantly eating.  Of course, when we go to the store, the snack possibilities are endless.  And to be honest, most of them aren’t too good for you.  They are full of preservatives and artificial this and artificial that.  So when I found this recipe for Cinnamon Apple Sticks, I tried them immediately!  They were the first thing I tried out of the Weelicious cookbook and I’ve tried them several times since then.  The only problem is that they were gone before I could get a picture!  They are a slightly dry snack so they do take a bite to get used to, but they are addicting after that.  With real fruit and small amounts of sugar, they make a great snack for the whole family.

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The first couple times I made these, I followed the recipe for ingredients and quantity.  I also cut them into the stick shape that she suggests.  However this time, I changed a few things.  First of all I doubled the whole thing because really there just wasn’t enough!  I also switched out the vegetable oil for butter, because well I just like butter better.  And lastly I decided instead of sticks I would use a small heart cookie cutter.  They were cute (and really, who doesn’t like a cute snack!) and the kids thought they were more fun!  In the end no matter what the shape we gobble them up and even drizzle some honey on top for an extra special snack (if we aren’t taking them on the go)!

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Apple Cinnamon Hearts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups FLOUR
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • 4 Tablespoons BROWN SUGAR, packed
  • 4 Tablespoons WHEAT GERM
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons CINNAMON
  • 1 cup APPLE, peeled and grated
  • 5 Tablespoons BUTTER, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place flour, baking powder, brown sugar, wheat germ, and cinnamon in a bowl and stir to combine. Add apple to the flour mixture and, using your hands, toss to coat. Add the butter and continue to work with you hands until dough comes together. This could take a few minutes. Shape dough into a flat rectangle and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes. Then roll the dough out to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Use a knife to cut into sticks or a small cookie cutter in the shape of your choice. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool and ENJOY! MAKES APPROX 35 SMALL HEARTS.
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{Crock pot} Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Steel Cut Apple Cinnamon Oats

I love oatmeal and you know around here we love BREAKFAST!  Also, I love to have something quick and healthy for my family to eat in the morning as that is usually a crazy time for me with three small children.  Searching the internet for healthy breakfast options a few weeks ago and I came across a recipe for oatmeal you make in the crockpot.  It sounded so intriguing to have a meal ready when we woke up in the morning.

This recipe uses steel-cut oats which are not as processed as your typical oatmeal so they fill you up and take longer to digest helping you to feel full longer.  I love the texture and chewiness this recipe gives.  There is also added fiber and nutirents by adding flax seed or chia seeds.  I use chia seeds because there is no need to grind them. I bought the at Trader Joe’s but I believe you can get them in many grocery stores.

As noted in the original recipe she recommends that you try this recipe during the day sometime so that you can make sure to know how long it will cook in your crock pot.  7 hours seemed to work for me.

Then after the first meal with this oatmeal I portion up the rest and it’s ready to warm up and eat the next morning or two.  Enjoy this delicious hot breakfast on a cold, winter morning!

[Crock pot] Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (or brown sugar)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, cut into a couple chunks (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (You could also use ground flax)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 crock pot liner (optional but makes clean up so easy)
  • Optional garnishes: Nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

Instructions

  1. Coat inside of slow cooker with cooking spray or use crock pot liner.
  2. Add all ingredients except toppings to crock pot and stir.
  3. Cook on low for about 7 hours.
  4. Spoon into bowls and add additional toppings, if desired.
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Freezes well.
  6. Recipe can be doubled in larger crock pot. Increase cooking time 1 hour.
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Recipe Source: The Yummy Life

More fabulous breakfast ideas…

Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal Cups

Breakfast Pizza

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

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{Cranberry Week} Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad

I am always on the lookout for a great lunch recipe.  I often eat leftovers from dinner the night before for lunch but sometimes you just want to change it up.  Plus, I like that you can make this ahead of time and it is ready to go for lunch or a quick snack.  The mixture of apples and cranberries definitely make this a new fall favorite!

Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Can of Chicken
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red apple
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Almonds
  • Lettuce or Bread for serving

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the chicken, celery, apple and cranberries.
  2. Stir in mayonnaise.
  3. Serve on lettuce or bread; sprinkle with bacon, feta and almonds.
  4. Serves 2.
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