Savory and sweet, these warm & gooey vanilla cinnamon apples mke the whole house smell delightful! Fall is in the air!

Vanilla Cinnamon Apples


4 baking apples
3 tbsp. butter
¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. allspice
1 tbsp. brandy
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
Pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat the bottom of a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each apple so it will stand upright. Scoop out the core of each apple from the top down with the small end of a melon ball cutter, making sure not to core all the way through the apple.

Combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla paste in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon, allspice, brandy, raisins, walnuts and salt. Fill the apples with equal amounts of the filling using a teaspoon. Place the apples in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until caramelized and fork tender.

Serves 4.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Nielsen-Massey.*

Guess what’s baking in “Mom’s” kitchen this week? BabyCakes! These itsy-bitsy and too too cute little cakes on a stick are trending right now – out with mini cupcakes and in with BabyCakes!

At just $24.99, this inexpensive Cake Pop Maker is a fun way to make sweets that are not overly large right in the comfort of your own kitchen! Plus, the kids can join in the fun by helping make the batter, pouring in the tablespoon of batter (with Mom or Dad’s help, of course!) and inserting the sticks once cooled. Decorate with homemade frosting, sprinkles, chopped candies, coconut, or a dusting of cocoa powder – the possibilities are endless!

The Babycakes Cake Pop Maker comes with 3 additional accessories for ease of use, including a Fork Tool, Cake Pop Treat Sticks, and Cake Pop Cooling & Decorating Stand. Each batch makes 12 Babycakes – what will you choose to indulge in? Red Velvet Cake Pops, Vanilla Cake Pops, Almond Cake Pop, or even French Breakfast Puffs? The instructional manual includes all of these delightful, homemade recipes – each one makes 48 Babycakes! In 4 minutes or less, each batch is ready. Perfect for a special event or party!

What recipe did “Mom” make in her kitchen? Vanilla Cake Pops! These were just the right amount of sweetness after a meal – 1 or 2 is perfect as an indulgence without feeling guilty!

Vanilla Cake Pops


1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup milk
Glaze or coating of choice


1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in
eggs and vanilla.
3. Alternately blend in flour mixture and milk into butter mixture, beginning and ending
with the flour mixture.
4. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 1 tablespoon of batter.
5. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cake pop comes out clean.
6. Allow to cool and glaze or coat, as desired.

Makes about 4 dozen cake pops.