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Family recipes


We know what you're thinking...
What apple makes the best [pie, sauce, salad, crisp, etc]?

The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer, it all depends on what you like and what texture you want your recipe to have in the end. Here's what we have learned over the years:


  • Our Grandma always made the best pie with Wealthy apples.
    Others say Northern Spies and Empire are great for pie, too.


  • Firmer apples like Cortlands and Ida Reds hold their shape well when baked, so you can see defined pieces in your baked goods or pie filling.


  • Softer apples like McIntosh or Jonagold break down more during cooking, so in a pie your filling will be more like thick applesauce. Coincidentally, they make great applesauce!


  • In a salad, Ambrosia and Golden or Red Delicious are perfect because after being cut, they won't turn brown for quite some time.


  • Don't be afraid to use more than one variety of apple to create a nice blend of texture and taste in whatever recipe you're making.

Applesauce is easy to make and freezes really well, so you can enjoy it year round.

Easy Homemade Applesauce
  • 3 pounds apples  (peeled, cored, cut)

  • 1/2 cup apple juice or water

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for approx. 25 minutes. If desired, use food processor to create smoother sauce.  Store in the fridge or freeze.

Crumb-Topped Apple Pie (Family Favorite!)

Freezes well and is especially good with caramel topping drizzled on top!


  • 1 unbaked single crust pie dough

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 Tbsp. flour

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 6 cups thinly sliced & peeled tart apples



  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/3 cup butter


Roll out pie dough and fit into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate (a regular pie plate will work, but you may need less apples), fluting the edges.

If baking right away, preheat oven to 375 degrees.


In a large bowl, toss the sugar, flour & cinnamon with the sliced apples together and transfer into prepared pie crust.


Make the topping by stirring together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter in pieces and process until the mixture starts to hold together (alternately, use a pastry blender to cut in the butter by hand in a small bowl).


Break off pieces of the topping (it should be solid enough that it can’t be “sprinkled”) and evenly place over the top of the apples, covering them completely. Gently pat mixture down.


To bake now: Place pie on a baking sheet and cover entire pie loosely with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes more until top is golden and apples are tender. Cool on a wire rack.


To freeze: Wrap entire pie – plate and all – with heavy duty foil (or double thickness of foil). Label and freeze up to three months. When ready to bake, remove foil and place frozen pie on a cookie sheet. Use the same foil to cover the pie loosely with foil. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, remove foil and bake for 40-45 minutes more until the top is browned and the apples are tender.

Apple Slices Bars (Employee Favorite!)

Use a pastry mixer to blend the following 

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2-1/2 cups flour

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 Tbsp. dry yeast

Then add:

  • 2 egg yolks slightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup milk


Mix together filling:

  • 8-10 peeled and thinly sliced apples

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 6-7 Tbsp. flour

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • Dot with butter


Roll out 2/3 of the dough to fit the sides and bottom of a 9x13 or 10x15 pan.  Fill pan with apple mixture. Then roll out remaining dough to cover the apples, overlapping bottom dough and top slightly. Cut a few slits in top layer of dough. Bake for 1 hour at 350°.


While still hot, thinly frost with a powdered sugar/ warm water glaze.  Cool before slicing.


Snicker Bar Dessert Salad
  • 6 tart apples

  • 6 Snicker Bars

  • 1 tub Cool Whip


Core and cut apples into bite size pieces.  Do the same with the Snicker Bars.  This works better if the candy bars are refrigerated or even frozen. Mix together with the Cool Whip and Voila!  You have Snicker Bar Salad!




Apple Crisp
  • 6 large apples

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup flour

  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

  • 6  Tbsp. butter


Arrange apples in a buttered 9x13 pan. Make a crumbly mixture of the rest of the ingredients. Sprinkle over the apples. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

(Employee Favorite!)



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter


Cheesecake Filling

  • 3 packages (8oz) cream cheese, softened

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Apple Filling

  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

  • 2 Tbsp. sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg



  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter


Crust: In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press into a 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for  15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping.


Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold.

Applesauce Bars
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are golden. 



  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 3 Tbsp. margarine, melted

  • 1 Tbsp. milk

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar and margarine. Stir in vanilla and milk until smooth. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.

Apple Oatmeal Bars
  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup raw oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 2-1/2 cups sliced apples

  • 2 Tbsp. butter

  • 1/2 cup sugar


Sift together flour, salt and soda. Mix in brown sugar and oatmeal. Cut in shortening till crumbly. Press into cake pan. Arrange apples on top. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 20-22 minutes at 400°




Waldorf Salad w/Walnut Oil Vinaigrette
  • 2 Red Delicious apples, cored and diced

  • 2 Empire apples, cored and diced

  • 4 stalks celery, diced

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1 cup toasted walnuts

  • 2 Tbsp. walnut oil

  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


Toss together the apples, celery, raisins, and walnuts in a large bowl; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the walnut oil, cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss the apples with the dressing to serve. 




Cinnamon Apple Quick Bread
  • 3/4 cups applesauce

  • 1-1/4 cups apples, grated

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar - for sprinkling

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon - for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.


In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients, eggs, vanilla, applesauce and apples. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray. Pour mixture into loaf pan and spread evenly.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake 35 to 45 minutes.



Baked Apples
  • 1 small apple such as Empire or McIntosh

  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 Tbsp. apricot jam

  • 2 Tbsp. brandy

  • 1 tsp. packed light brown sugar

  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice

  • 1 cinnamon stick


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 450°F. Peel and core apple, leaving it whole, then turn it on its side and slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Reassemble to form a whole apple and brush with some of lemon juice. Put apple into a shallow 4-inch round or oval baking dish.


Stir together butter, jam, brandy, brown sugar, allspice, and remaining lemon juice in a small bowl. Spoon 2 teaspoons of mixture into core of apple. Pour rest of mixture over outside of apple and bake, basting once or twice, 25 minutes.


Reduce oven temperature to 350°F, then insert cinnamon stick into core of apple and bake, basting frequently, until apple is tender and well browned and juices are thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes more.

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