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Easy baked apples

November 19, 2010

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Baked apples are a wonderful treat on a cold night, and with the slow cooker, they couldn’t be easier! They’re traditionally stuffed with brown sugar, raisins, nuts, spices, and butter, but I found a simpler way to make them.

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First, core as many apples as you want to serve, and peel the very tops. Set them in the crock of your slow cooker so they aren’t touching the sides. I used my large, oval cooker and had room for 7 apples. You can use whichever kind of baking apple you like, or whatever you have on hand. I just bought a big bag of apples, and my mother-in-law sent a box home with my husband the other day, so we have plenty of apples on hand. This is a great way to use them up!

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Next, open a can of whole-berry cranberry sauce, and stir it around a bit to break up the gelatin mold and make it more of a sauce consistency. Then just spoon the sauce into the open cores until the apples are full. Put a pat of butter on the top of each apple, place the lid on your cooker, and cook on low for 4 hours or until the apples are cooked through and tender. Sprinkle a little cinnamon or apple pie spice on top, and serve.

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See? I told you these baked apples couldn’t be easier! They tasted great, and the house smelled amazing while they were cooking. The boys took the leftovers in their lunches and were very happy to have this taste of home in the middle of the school day!

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