When was the last time you had a baked apple?
It’s been a while for me, I remember my mom used to make us baked apples in the microwave when I was younger. Such a special treat and the apples were always so yummy!
I thought this would be a great little recipe that I could do with the kids. (Yes, there is only one kid having all the fun today- back talking and bad attitudes is a guaranteed way to miss out on all the fun… Don’t worry though, he did get to help us eat the apples.)
What makes this particular recipe so yummy is the oatmeal-cookie filling and crust on the apple. Served with vanilla ice cream and a little caramel syrup- we were in heaven!
We started out using the pastry blender to mix in the butter, but in the end, I just had her dig in with her hands. A little bit messier, but oh so much easier to lick the “utensils.”
Baking times will vary a bit based on the size of your apples and how soft you like them. The apple I used were HUGE and turned out a little on the firm side. Next time, I will let them cook a bit longer. The apples were so large, we got 8 servings out of them!
Baked Apples with Oatmeal Cookie Crust
- 4 Golden Delicious apples, (or other apple good for baking) cored
- 3/4 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (my daughter loved watching the brown sugar “move”in the bowl)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 stick of butter, (1/2 cup) cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts
- optional: handful of dried fruit (I found some dried blueberries in the pantry, I threw them in and they were a great addition.)
- optional:vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
- Mix together oatmeal, brown sugar, nuts, cinnamon, salt and optional dried fruit.
- Using a fork, pastry blender or fingers, mix together the oat mixture and butter until the oats and sugar hold together in small chunks.
- Stuff the cored apple with the oatmeal mixture. (I had a lot of the mixture left over and just packed it on top of the apple.)
- Place apples standing up in a pyrex baking dish, add apple juice to the bottom of the dish.
- Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for another 25 to 40 minutes depending on the size of the apple and how soft you like them. (just test with a fork after the 25 minutes and use your judgement.)
- Serve with optional vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
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