My kids were out of school on Halloween and the following day for Teacher Conferences.  It was fun to have that time together and also a blessing that we didn’t have to wake them for school on the day after trick-or-treating.

The trouble is, even though the kids weren’t at school, we still had to honor Little A’s nap time, so we were largely restricted to the house in the afternoon hours.  Our Make-Your-Own Baked Apples were borne of our afternoon “house arrest.”Apple

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a simple how-to.  Like always, make them your own!  Have fun with your kiddos and try out different combinations.  Then, report back and let us know what worked.

M & W decided this would be a wonderful cousin activity, so we’re planning to make these Thanksgiving Day.

Now, if only I could convince them that these qualify as dessert!

Make-Your-Own Baked Apples
Recipe type: fruit
  • 4 apples
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • fillings such as chopped nuts, dried coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, etc.
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Core apples generously. You want a nice wide hole.
  3. Turn over each apple and add ¼ tsp butter in the bottom of each cored hole. Place apples down in baking dish.
  4. Allow children to fill the apples with a variety of goodies. Make sure you really pack the fillings in well by just pressing down with your finger.
  5. When the toppings are about ¼ inch shy of the top of the apple, drizzle ½ tsp. honey into the top of each. Repeat the step with ¼ tsp. of vanilla per apple.
  6. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon.
  7. Take the remaining butter and "plug" each of the apple core holes with ¼ tsp. per apple.
  8. Cover the baking dish tightly and bake at 375 degrees F for 45-60 minutes, or until desired tenderness is reached.

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