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With the promise of apple pie filling recipes, I set out to make some simple apple cookies. These didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. They became dry and flavorless overnight. The idea was scrapped, and so was the recipe. We had to start over. With brainstorming consuming the new few hours, we didn’t have a lot of time left to make something. Finally, I remembered something from my childhood.
I guess because Mama grew up with everything being made from scratch, she was all about boxed mixes. Plus it was more convenient since she had a job – other than raising my brother and me. When we were little, she used to buy this dessert mix. It came in a box with individual packets inside. Inside each packet was dried apples, spices, and cornstarch.
You just dumped it in a cup, stirred in boiling water, and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. It was my absolute favorite dessert! I really don’t think they make it anymore; and to be honest, I hadn’t thought about it in years – until I had a big batch of Apple Pie Filling sitting there. It sparked a memory, and Caylie looked at me like I had lost my mind when I described it to her. So…this is my version of that simple, delicious dessert. Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat pie filling (because everybody needs more of those)!Print
This Apple Streusel is a throwback to my childhood. It is sweet and spicy. The apples are tender. And the streusel is crunchy. It makes for a delicious and quick dessert!
- Prep Time: 30 min
- Cook Time: 45 min
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stovetop, Oven
- Cuisine: American
8 apples (we used Granny Smith), peeled, cored, and chopped
1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
3/8 cup all purpose flour
3/8 cup boiled cider
2-1/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
3/8 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts, ground
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
a pinch of salt
1/2 stick of butter (4 Tablespoons)
- Combine all ingredients in an 8 qt. pot.
- Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until apples are just starting to get tender.
- Remove from heat.
- Whisk together flour, brown sugar, walnuts, apple pie spice, and salt.
- Cut in butter with a pastry blender until well combined (about the size of peas).
Putting It All Together
- Spray individual ramekins with non stick cooking spray.
- Fill to top with apple filling.
- Spread 2 Tbsp streusel over the top of each.
- Place on cookie sheet (to make it easier to get in and out of the oven), and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.
The apple pie filling makes a lot. There will be plenty left to make lots more desserts.