I love food-based holidays. I eat fairly healthy through most of the year, so when then holidays roll around it’s time for me to cut loose a little. Nothing says “special occasion food” to me quite like drowning something healthy in a bunch of butter and sugar. Because honestly, everything is better with lots of butter and sugar. Just ask Paula Deen. She made a whole career out of butter and sugar.
But seriously, this recipe makes a fabulous Thanksgiving dessert. It’s like fried applesauce when it’s done, totally addictive and delicious. Just talking about it is making me want another one of these suckers.
This recipe is part of a collection of delicious holiday dishes. Several of my friends have also shared their favorite Thanksgiving recipes; scroll to the bottom of the post to see four more mouthwatering creations as well!
Ingredients (6 to 8 servings):
- 6 to 8 medium or large apples
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove the cores from the apples with an apple corer or a knife. I like to leave the skin on the apples (even though in this case I usually don’t eat the apple skin) because it helps the apple hold its shape for the sake of presentation!
Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine remaining ingredients at medium speed until smooth. Pack the butter and sugar mixture into the holes where the cores used to be.
Wrap each apple in aluminum foil. Place the apples in a shallow baking dish or cake pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before unwrapping; carefully transfer apples into bowls. Eat them as they are, or serve them with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
Make sure you also check out these great recipes on some wonderful blogs!
- French Onion & Beef Dips by Always Expect Moore
- Chocolate Pumpkin Wacky Cake by Mad In Crafts
- Creamy Corn Casserole by The Country Chic Cottage
- Cranberry Apple Pineapple Salad by Mom Endeavors