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The holidays are fast approaching and I cannot believe that this year is going to be over soon! It really slapped me in the face when I received an invitation to our annual ornament exchange that my best friend and I hold every year.
Unfortunately, for the past 2 years I have not been there because we now live 1,200 miles apart.
However, I don’t let that stop me from celebrating and still joining the fun of the ornament exchange!
We have been holding these ornament exchanges for about 5 years now and I love getting together and having a little party with all my friends and family to exchange ornaments and have a good time.
It’s turned into somewhat of a friendly competition to see who can end up with the best ornament at the end of the party and we always have a blast. So this year, I wanted to pick something pretty sweet that people would want to hang on their tree.
I headed to my local Walmart and searched for the perfect Hallmark Ornament from their display. Their display had more than 16 Walmart exclusives, resin figurines, Holiday Barbies, and some new deco figurines.
I ended up picking a Minnie Mouse Cupcake Ornament.
I mean, seriously… who doesn’t love cupcakes and Minnie Mouse?? And it fits me perfectly because, ya know, I am a food blogger and all.
This Hallmark Ornament will be the perfect addition to anyone’s Christmas tree and I can already envision people at the party trying to “steal” the ornament.
Now, even though I cannot be there in person, I still make food, mostly for myself and the kiddos, and participate via Skype. I usually ship out my ornament to make sure it arrives before the party and then my bestie sends me the ornament that I “won” at the party.
It works out.
This year, instead of making a large holiday pie or similar for a group of people, I decided to do individual “pies” so that I wouldn’t be stuck eating a whole pie by myself. Though that has been know to happen (shhh, don’t tell).
Anyway, these apple pie stuffed apples turned out perfect and delicious and taste just like the regular apple pie that you are looking forward to this holiday season.
Filled with a cinnamon sugar apple filling and topped off with a lattice crust, they are the perfect treat for your next ornament exchange, holiday party, or just a night by yourself on the couch binge watching Christmas movies.
Apple Pie Stuffed Apples
- 6 large Granny Smith apples
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp rum extract
- 1 pastry crust
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- Peel and finely dice 2 of the Granny Smith apples. Add to small saucepan with run extract, cinnamon, and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Cut off tops of 4 remaining apples. Core and carefully scoop out the center of the apples and place in 9×9 or 8×8 baking dish. When filling is slightly cool, divide and fill hollowed apples.
- Using a pizza cutter, or very sharp knife, cut pie crusts into 1/4″ strips strips and lay in lattice pattern across top of apples. Trim excess pie crust around the edges, then brush tops with melted butter.
- Place apples in oven and bake at 375° F for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and sugar, if desired.