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Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies!!

Oh. Em. Gee. Really, that’s all I can say.
I adapted this recipe from SmittenKitchen’s homemade PopTart recipe.
 
I used a round biscuit cutter because I couldn’t get the dough to roll out into a rectangle. I’m a little challenged when it comes to dough rolling. I also added the (Empire variety) apple slices and reduced the amount of filling.
 
I didn’t get my edges sealed quite enough on some of the pies, so the filling leaked out a little. I also didn’t make the holes big enough, so my pies got a little more puffy then I wanted.
 
I’m not sure how long I actually baked these for, because I forgot to write it down. I think it was closer to the 15 minute mark.
 
Other than those few small things… these are so yummy! They’re also going to be the last apple recipe for the year, I’m all apple-ed out. 😉
 
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!!
 
Click here to make THIS recipe!
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I made these muffins on Sunday after a (slight) disaster trying to make Bourbon Apple Cinnamon Rolls… read that post here.
 
They’re simple, and slightly adapted from AllRecipes, which happens to be one of my favorite places to go when I want to make something but don’t know what.
 
I made 6 large muffins & 12 regular muffins. You could easily do all one size.
 
This recipe went off with out a hitch. no problems at all.
 
I only put a middle layer of strudel in the large ones, but I had a bunch leftover, so the next time I make these I’ll be putting it in the middle of ALL of them. I’ll also probably add more apple slices.
 
There wasn’t exactly enough. I used Empire apples, but that’s just because I had them on hand. Substitute your favorite variety if you’d like.
 
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!!
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Bourbon Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Have you ever REEEEEEAAAAALLY wanted to make something, and then proceed to mess it up 2x before you finally get it right? Because that happened to me when I was making these aaahmazing rolls. I’m not kidding.
 
The first time I tried these was Sunday. I forgot to add the melted butter to the dough, and didn’t realize it ‘til 30 minutes into the rising period. Awful. I threw it out, and made Apple Cinnamon Muffins instead.
 
The second mess up was today. I followed the original dough recipe that said “add all wet ingredients together”. Eggs are wet, right? Do you know what happens when you add eggs to warm (maybe too warm) butter/milk/water? They scramble. I gag. Awful. Tossed that and changed the recipe a smidge. Also, when I say “warm” I mean between 120-130 degrees, and you’ll want to make sure the butter isn’t any warmer than that also. Any warmer, and your yeast will die!
 
The third time is a charm apparently, because these rolls are freaking awesome! At least I think so.
 
I used 3 Empire apples. They’re smallish, sweet, and crisp. Use your favorite variety. My cheese grater has a side for slicing things so I used that to get nice thin pieces. Then I soaked the apples Sunday night (until I was ready to use them), in Wild Turkey American Honey. I may or may not have cut up and soaked an extra apple for eating. Don’t judge.
 
These rolls are very cinnamony, with a nice touch of apples & bourbon. The next time I make them I’ll probably use more apples, and skip the cinnamon in the glaze. Hubs devoured the one I gave him to test and asked for another!
 
The dough & filling recipe was adapted from this Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread.
 
If you don’t want to deal with the yeast and rising times, try using these cinnamon rolls instead… that recipe makes fewer rolls, so you won’t need as much filling, apples, or glaze.
 
CLICK HERE to see my Bourbon Apple Cinnamon Rolls.
 
All’s well that ends well.
Happy Baking!
-Hey Waitress!!
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Chocolate Covered Inside Out Caramel Apples!!

I saw the original version of these on Domestic Fits, and I KNEW I had to make them.
As usual, I changed a few (small) things. I used a few Empire and a few Gala apple varieties. I got lucky at the local farm stand and I couldn’t pass up on the pretty bright red Empires. I usually go for tart varieties (Granny Smith is my fav), but these looked PERFECT!
If you notice my recipe says 6-7 apples… because I used 6 ½. I broke one when I was trying to figure out how to get the core out with a spoon. It’s not that easy. I ended up using a paring knife to get the core out, then a tablespoon to scoop the rest.
I used the caramel recipe from last week. It’s thick, and stays solid at room temp. I had a little trouble with it falling out of the slices after I cut them. To keep the caramel from getting too soft in the melted chocolate I chilled the sliced caramel apples in the fridge before dipping them.
Speaking of chocolate… I used dark chocolate candy melts on the first bunch, and milk chocolate for the rest. I thought I was only going to need the one bag of candy melts, but I ended up using that bag AND the full bag of chocolate chips. Yikes. The dipping was kind of time consuming, and the end result isn’t very pretty. I’ve never been good at making chocolate covered things look good. Sigh.
The chocolate covered inside out caramel apples where a big hit! All my tasters loved them and so did Hubs! I made these 3 days ago (Monday night) and the apples are still nice and crisp and not brown at all!
 
I also made some caramel apples with some leftover caramel. Originally, I tried to dip the apples in warm caramel, but this recipe just wasn’t designed for dipping. It ended up being kind of greasy, and just wouldn’t stick to the apples at all. So I put it back in the fridge to get nice and cool, then I floured my hands and wrapped chucks of it around each apple. Then I covered some in mini chocolate chips & crushed pretzels, 2 in Nerds, and 2 in mini M&Ms. It was fun!
 
Happy Making!
-Hey Waitress!!
 
Check out my recipe.
 
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