Fall Flowers & Gifts
A Harvest of Fall Recipes
The fall season is known for a harvest of delicious fruits and tempting treats! Apple dishes and the fall go together perfectly! Whether you?re lucky enough to go apple picking or receive a beautiful fruit basket filled to the brim with fresh apples, here?s a few of our fast, easy and favorite treats that make the Fall all that more fantastic!

Bumpy Apples on a Stick

  • Ingredients
    • 12 wooden craft sticks or popsicle sticks
    • 3 cups of creamy peanut butter
    • 3 cups of raisins
    • 3 cups of dried cranberries
    • 3 cups of miniature marshmallows
    • 2 cups of shredded coconut
    • Wax paper
  • Directions
    • Rinse apples, pat dry, and remove apple stems
    • Insert a popsicle stick into stem of each apple.
    • Cover apples with peanut butter
    • Place large sheet of wax paper on work surface. Spread out raisins, dried cranberries, coconut and marshmallows into four areas and roll the apple into each ingredient. Continue to do so for each apple.
    • Apples can be eaten immediately or you can refrigerate for approximately 1 hour and eat.

Old Fashioned Candy Apples

  • Ingredients
    • 8 fresh apples
    • 8 wooden craft sticks or popsicle sticks
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup cinnamon red hot candies (such as Red-Hot® brand or Hot Tamales®)
    • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
    • Buttered 9 x 12 baking pan
    • Candy thermometer
    • Saucepan
    • Paper towel/wax paper
  • Directions
    • Wash apples and pat dry
    • Butter a baking sheet and set aside.
    • Insert a wooden craft stick into the bottom of each apple and set aside on a paper towel
    • Combine white sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat with candy thermometer. Heat, without stirring, until 270 to 290 degrees F (132 to 143 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard but pliable threads.
    • Remove from heat and stir in red hot candies and food coloring until mixed.
    • Holding each apple by its stick, quickly twirl in syrup, tilting pan to cover apple. Lift out of syrup, turning to allow drips to adhere to apple. Place apples on prepared baking sheet to cool completely.

Sweet Apple Dumplings

  • Ingredients
    • 6 medium whole apples
    • 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 6 to 10 drops red food coloring (optional)
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup of butter
    • 1/2 cup milk
  • Directions
    • Set oven at 375 degrees
    • Pare and core apples and set in a bowl filled with cold water.
    • Combine sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, food coloring; bring to boiling. Add 3 tablespoons of butter creating sugared syrup. Keep on low heat so syrup keeps its consistency but does not harden.
    • Combine flour, baking powder and salt; carefully add most of the rest of the butter, holding out a few tablespoons to seal the dumplings at the end. Add milk all at once and stir until flour is moistened.
    • On lightly floured surface, roll out 1/8 inch thick until it's an 18 x 12 inch rectangle. Cut with a sharp knife, pastry wheel or pizza cutter into 6 even squares.
    • Place 1 whole apple into each pastry square. Place a spoonful of the syrup on the apple and dust with sugar and cinnamon. Dot with butter.
    • Moisten edges of the pastry squares. Bring each corner into the center and then pinch the edges together.
    • Place dumplings 1 inch apart in ungreased 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 inch baking pan. Pour syrup over dumplings.
    • Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until apples are done. Serve warm

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