Apple Cider Takes the Chill Off

apple cider crisp

Nothing smells better or takes the chill off on a cold winter evening like hot apple cider spiced up with cinnamon and fruit juices.  Try using orange, pineapple and/or maybe a punch of lemon, in your apple cider to welcome everyone home. Consider garnishing with a cinnamon stick and a slice of citrus on top.

Keeping this winter favorite in mind, you may want to stock your pantry with a few packages of Martha White® Apple Cider Flavored Muffin Mix. Warm muffins will welcome everyone to the breakfast table or will serve as a heartwarming afternoon snack. This mix can easily be adapted by adding dried fruit-like raisins or cranberries’ and/or a few chopped nuts. Pecans or walnuts pair well with apple flavors. Toasting the nuts brings out a special flavor, but it’s not necessary as the nuts are good either way. I prefer to toast mine in the oven at 350 degrees, checking and stirring every 5 minutes or less to prevent burning. If you prefer the stove top over the oven, the nuts may be toasted in a skillet on top of the stove, constantly stirring to prevent burning.

This Apple Cider Crisp recipe is a perfect winter dessert. Using a couple of shortcuts, like apple pie filling and Martha White® Apple Cider Flavored Muffin Mix makes this recipe a breeze to pull together. Adding cranberries to the pie filling creates a delicious sweet/tart flavor. To create the topping, add oats, brown sugar, butter, and chopped pecans to the prepared muffin mix.  Serve this delectable dessert with whipped topping – it’s so good.

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