Make Ahead Apple Butter-and-Cheddar Puffs

To get ahead, make these appetizers through Step 2 and freeze up to 1 month. Go straight to the oven from freezer; simply add 5 to 10 minutes to the bake time.

Tip: Use our Easy Apple Butter for the best flavor and texture. In a pinch, store-bought apple butter that has been boiled for 5 minutes (to thicken) may be substituted.


Yield: Makes 1 1/2 dozen
Total time: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes


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Easy Apple Butter

This spread is autumn’s sweetest sensation, stealing the show as a condiment and lending rich flavor to some of our favorite fall recipes.

Test Kitchen Tip: Use a wooden spoon to draw a line through the apple butter on the bottom of the pot; if the line holds for 5 seconds before the apple butter merges back together, it’s finished cooking.


Hands-on 55 min.; Total 1 hour, 50 min.
Yield: Makes about 3 cups


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Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze

Who could resist such a decadent dessert? This spiced applesauce cake, topped with Southern-style caramel icing, does not disappoint. And the caramel glaze is the perfect complement to this tender, spiced, and just slightly sweet cake.

Note: You may want to glaze the cake right on the plate you plan to use to serve it, forgoing the rack. As soon the glaze has even the slightest chance to set, it will crack if you try to transfer the cake from rack to serving plate.

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Serves 10


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Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad

This dish is full of flavor (and heart-healthy fiber) thanks to the balanced combination of tart balsamic chicken and a lightly sweet and crunchy salad made with celery, green apple and lemon juice.

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Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4


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Granola Baked Apples

Baked apples are incredible for breakfast. There, alongside a stack of pancakes, their cozy, wrinkly exterior and elemental sweetness taste right at home.

During Rosh Hashanah, when apples are at their seasonal and symbolic peaks, they are even better. Most importantly for hurried weekday mornings, or leisurely holiday ones, baked apples’ flavor intensifies overnight in the fridge and they are delicious cold or at room temperature, which makes them the perfect make-ahead breakfast or brunch dish.

You can serve baked apples with yogurt, because that’s what you are supposed to do at breakfast time. Or, serve them with ice cream because you’re an adult, and you can à la mode any time you want. Either way, it will get your morning, and the Jewish New Year, off to a very sweet start.

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Serves 6


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Braised Root Vegetables and Cabbage with Fall Fruit

The combination of these ingredients just seemed so odd. We’re sure you are just as skeptical as we were. But gently cooking the fruit and vegetables in chicken broth makes them surprisingly delicious. The dish will soon become your favorite cold-weather side for chicken, pork and duck.


Active Time: 25 minutes, Total Time: 1 hour

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Chunky Apple Muffins

A can’t-resist breakfast treat combines autumn’s flavors: cinnamon, toasted nuts, and tart Granny Smith apples. Muffins freeze and reheat beautifully. If you choose to freeze your muffins in a freezer safe bag make sure to squeeze out any extra air first. Then place that bag inside another freezer safe bag to prevent freezer burn.  To reheat, microwave them for 15-20 seconds or put them in the fridge to thaw overnight. A quick 5 seconds in the microwave is all they need if you took them out overnight.

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Yield: 12 muffins


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