Aut-YUM Treats

What celebrates the commencement of fall, cuddly weather better than baking and sweet treats?

Here are a few Fall recipes you don’t want to miss:

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Apple cinnamon muffin mix (carried seasonally at chain grocery stores)
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil ( canola or vegetable)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • A dash of powdered sugar
  • Candy corn (optional)

You will also need an oven, oven mitts, mixing bowl, and cupcake pan with paper cups.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Empty the mix into the bowl and add milk, egg, and oil. Mix well until smooth.
  2. Spoon out the batter into your cupcake tray, filling the cups about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top for flavor.
  3. Bake for 16-18 minutes. You can test the cake by inserting a toothpick through the center. If it is thoroughly baked, the toothpick should come out clean.
  4. While your cupcakes are in the oven, begin making your icing. Mix together the butter and cream cheese. It may help to put these in the microwave for about 10 seconds to allow them to blend easier. Add powdered sugar to sweeten to your liking.
  5. Once the cupcakes have cooled, begin to frost. Embellish with sprinkles or your favorite seasonal candy. Candy corn is a great choice for the fall!

Homemade Candy Apples

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Candy sticks (optional)
  • Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips
  • Candy corn, sprinkles, brown sugar, etc

You will also need a microwave or a stove and pan.

  1. Wash the apples. Make sure to remove any stickers and dry them thoroughly.
  2. Melt your chocolate. Using a microwaveable safe bowl, poor your chips of choice in. Microwave for 1 minute on High. Remove and stir. Repeat the process until the chocolate is of a smooth, milky consistency. I recommend microwaving as it is harder to burn the chocolate with this technique.
  3. Dip the apples in the chocolate. Use a fork or a spoon if necessary to evenly coat the entire fruit. This step may get a bit messy.
  4. Decorate with any choice of sprinkles, candy, or simply brown sugar.
  5. Put the decorated treats in the freezer to set the chocolate and the decor.
  6. And enjoy!

For more fun holiday treats check out Family Fun or Food Network
Enjoy the cuddly weather and happy baking!

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