Shrunken Head Baked Apples


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.
Makes: 8 servings
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Place apples in 13 x 9 in. baking dish, and pour apple juice around apples. Cover with foil.

Step 5

Bake 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until apples are tender.

Step 6

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.

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old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (uncooked)

firmly packed light brown sugar

2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

pecan chips

1/2 cup pecan chips

all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

ground cinnamon

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

salt

1/2 teaspoon salt

butter, softened

3/4 cup butter, softened (1-1/2 sticks)

apples

apples (Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Jazz, or Gala)

apple juice

1 cup apple juice (or cider)

caramel ice cream topping or sauce

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping or sauce

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