Hearty & Healthy Apple Muffins

These aren’t the fluffy, super sweet muffins one eats as an excuse to have dessert for breakfast. Rather, they are a genuinely wholesome, filling, and refreshing food to start the day. Filled with luscious seasonal apples, I find them a wonderful antidote to all the rich and sugary foods around us.

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Makes 12 muffins

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Rustic Apple Tart

Only 6 ingredients!! It only takes 20 minutes to put this apple tart together. A glaze of apple or apricot jelly brushed over the top adds a sheen to the finished tart.

When brushing dough with egg wash, be careful not to let any drip down the sides; it will cause the dough to stick to the pan and prevent it from rising properly.

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Prep: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hours
Servings: 6

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Apple Pie Pancake Muffins

Let’s add some of the fall mania to our love for pancakes.

These are soft, squishy little bites that are reminiscent of the fluffiest pancakes. Filled with fresh chopped apples, brown sugar, apple pie spice, and just a hint of lemon juice for that tiny bit of tartness, Apple Pie Pancake Muffins taste exactly like a big stack of … apple pie pancakes?

Apple Pie Pancake Muffins mix up just like pancake batter, but have delicious apple pie filling folded right in. Drizzled with glaze or syrup, these sweet little treats are sure to be a hit.

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Serves: 16

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Chewy Apple Peanut Butter Bars

Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy. Apples and peanut butter are all the good things.

These chewy dessert bars are layered with fresh apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and peanut butter chips. Chewy Apple Peanut Butter Bars are easy to make and are totally addictive.

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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 16 bars

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Iced Apple Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Soft, chewy oatmeal cookies filled with chopped fresh apples and butterscotch chips!

Iced Apple Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies are full of fall flavor, perfect for parties, snacks, and lunchbox treats! Butterscotch totally works with the apples, and because the chips stay mostly in tact inside the cookies, they add a little bit of crunch to these soft chewy cookies. If you don’t have butterscotch chips on hand you could use walnuts to add texture! So good.

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 11 min
Total Time: 26 min
Serves: 36 cookies

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Apple Walnut Danish

You can NEVER go wrong with pastries and coffee…Right?

Well, here’s the thing: making your own pastries from scratch is no big deal. It seems complicated but it’s really not. So don’t be freaked out by the length of time it will take. There’s really not much active time involved, just plenty of rising and waiting. It’s perfect for one of those lazy mornings when you just want to hang out reading the paper in your PJs and fluffy slippers. And the best part is these will last, stored in an airtight container, for 4-6 days. So go ahead, pour a cup of coffee. Enjoy.

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Prep Time: 2 hours 30 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 2 hours 42 mins

Serves: 2-1/2 dozen

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Apple Candleholders

Apples are in season, and they just so happen to make adorable––not to mention budget-friendly––candle-holders. We saw this simple craft listed for Halloween, but we think it can be used for so much more.   Place them on windowsills and mantels for a unique way to cast a glow and usher in fall. Use them in a bowl or on a plate for a unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving. Or place some loose greenery around it for a red and green Christmas display.

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Skill level: Beginner

Materials:
Steel tub filled with water (optional)

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Applelicious Sandwiches

Apples are an easy (and delicious) way to add extra goodness to simple sandwiches – from smoked turkey and Swiss to grilled Cheddar and bacon. Our latest favorite? Layer crisp sweet Gala apple slices with the peppery bite of arugula and a creamy blue cheese, honey, and walnut spread.

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Yield: Makes 14 appetizer sandwiches

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