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Oven Baked Bloomin Apples

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INGREDIENTS:

4 Honeycrisp apples

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

4 tablespoons of light brown sugar

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 cup of caramel sauce

Extra toppings: Vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, and caramel sauce

 

DIRECTIONS:

I preheat my oven to 375F.

I wash and pat dry the apples, then cut the top off each one (about 1/4 way down from the top).

Next, I use an apple corer to remove the core of the apple, including the seeds. I am careful not to cut all the way down to the bottom and through the apple, just scoop out enough to remove the core and seeds, leaving a well in the center of the apple.

Using a small, sharp knife, I cut two concentric circles into the apple around the well to begin creating the “bloomin onion look.” I make sure to go deep into the apple without slicing completely through it. Then, I turn the apple over, cut side down, and start about 1/2 inch down from the top cutting 1/2 inch slits all the way around the apple.

I place each apple in a casserole dish cut side up, then spoon in a tablespoon of caramel sauce into the center (the well) of each apple.

I melt the butter in the microwave for 40-45 seconds or until completely melted. Then, I stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon until they are completely dissolved into the butter and create a thick glaze. I spoon the glaze evenly over each apple.

Then, I bake for 25-30 minutes until the apples are soft. Every type of apple cooks differently based on the size and variety, so I make sure to check my apples around the 25-minute mark and cook until done.

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I serve them warm with ice cream, cinnamon, and leftover caramel sauce!

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