These frightfully yummy treats look like they came right from Frankenstein’s lab. Golden apples with cut-out faces have a cinnamon, brown sugar, oat and nut mixture inside to resemble shrunken heads with brains oozing out. Use the recipe below for a Halloween dessert that’s as spooky as it is sweet.
In large bowl, combine oats, sugar, pecans, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut in butter until mixture is thoroughly mixed and resembles a paste.
Slice off the top ¼ of the apples. Use a spoon and/or apple corer to scoop out insides of apples, leaving a 2-inch-wide opening. Do not scoop out the bottom of the apple (leave ½-inch on bottom of apple). Using a sharp knife, carefully carve a face into one side of the apple. Divide the oat mixture evenly into the apples, packing in mixture firmly.
Place apples in 13 x 9 in. baking dish, and pour apple juice around apples. Cover with foil.
Bake 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until apples are tender.
In small bowl, stir together ice cream topping and red icing color to reach desired color of red. Place mixture in a piping bag and drizzle over apples.