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Yesterday, Lindsey mentioned in her post that we have finally hit winter here in Phoenix! We have had a couple of nights that have gone into freezing temperatures and highs in the forties during the day, with rain! Eat your hearts out everywhere else! But, to us it is cold and Lindsey's delicious chicken soup really hits the spot!
Today I am going to share a recipe that will be a perfect comfort food for these cold winter days. Not only that, it is so cute, I had to make it.
I've had this recipe for quite awhile! It comes from the 1991 Leisure Arts edition of Christmas Gifts of Good Taste. I don't know if you have any of these books, but they have a lot of good ideas and beautiful photographs of things that I rarely actually make. But, I do get inspired by them quite often sometimes do my own take on the idea. I have seen the picture of these Baked Apple Dumplings so many times and have wanted to make them. I have finally done it! (With a few variations.)
Before I give you the recipe, let me give you a few tips:
Since I had pecans left over after the holidays, I was able to use them by chopping them up with my Pampered Chef chopper!
After the apples are peeled and cored, start filling them with the filling then stick in the cinnamon stick to act as a stem. Then, I sprinkled the pecan mixture over the outside of the apples as well. We have a different idea about this step that I will share later.
This photo is so I can show off my new French Rolling Pin that Lindsey got me for Christmas! I used it to roll out a big sheet of the pastry dough. I used an 8" bowl to cut out circles to cover the apples.
Do you remember these cute little cookie cutters shaped like leaves that I've told you about before? They are perfect for this recipe.
Okay, here is the recipe!
Here they are out of the oven.
Here is the inside.
Now, here are a few observations and things that we may do differently the next time.
These would make a beautiful dessert when having friends over in fall or winter! Or, just to curl up with while reading a good book! Let me know if you enjoy them.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!