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Shrunken Apple Heads in Citrus Cider Recipe

Shrunken Apple Heads in Citrus Cider Recipe

Granny Smith apples shaped like shrunken heads will surprise even the scariest goblins at your Halloween bash. And the cool cider is so refreshing.--Annette Engelbert, Bruce Crossing, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 2 hours + cooling YIELD:17 servings


  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and salt; set aside. Peel apples. Cut each apple from the stem to the blossom end; discard seeds and core. Using a sharp knife, carefully carve a face on the rounded side of each apple half. After carving, dip each apple in lemon juice mixture for 1 minute. Drain on paper towels.
  • 2. Arrange apple heads on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 250° for 2 hours or until apples begin to dry and shrink and are lightly browned on the edges. Cool on a wire rack. Insert cloves for eyes. Store in the refrigerator.
  • 3. Just before serving, combine cider and lemonade in a punch bowl. Float shrunken apple heads in cider. Yield: about 1 gallon.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 174 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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