Whether celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving or fall harvest, here are the best baked apple recipes, including baked apple slices, baked cinnamon apples, grilled apples, baked stuffed apples, baked apple dumplings, slow cooker baked apples and more.
My husband and our four children enjoy my baking creations, including apples filled with squash and festive spices. They make a healthy and delicious accompaniment to a holiday meal. —Carolyn Buschkamp, Emmetsburg, Iowa
These appetizing oven-baked apples from Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania abound with fall flavor. The cored apples are filled with raisins, nuts and dried cranberries, then baked in a fragrant spiced sauce. Topped with white chocolate shavings, the apples will add a festive touch to your seasonal gatherings.
"It's hard to say what's more appealing—the homey aroma of this treat baking in the oven or the wonderful flavor of the warm apple, sweet dates and crunchy walnuts," says field editor Dorothy Pritchett (above with husband Charlie) of Wills Point, Texas.
We live in South Carolina's Piedmont area, which is famous for huge apple orchards. This is one of my family's favorite apple recipes. I almost always make this to top off our traditional Sunday dinner.
NOW THAT our children have all married, baked apples are a perfect dessert for the two of us. These are a delicious ending to any meal.
Using the microwave makes them so easy to prepare, even at the last minute.
-Theresa Stewart, New Oxford, Pennsylvania
"Baked apples are so simple to make...and this version has a yummy filling of chopped nuts, raisins and coconut," says field editor Judi Klee (right) of Nebraska City, Nebraska. "I enjoy this fruity dessert served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream."
"People raise so many apples here in the Columbia Basin that everyone uses a lot of them in cooking," writes Margery Bryan of Royal City, Washington. "This moist, nutty pudding seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg is a favorite at our house."
Cooked in the microwave, these desserts offer a time-saving twist on tradition. They're stuffed with dried cherries, nuts and brown sugar, drizzled with their own juices and served warm for a homey, comforting dessert.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin