It’s no surprise that Fall is my favorite season of them all.
I love the cold mornings, warm days, and all of the sights and smells that autumn brings.
Above all: I love fall snacks!
There are so many amazing fall snacks full of cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel and apples that the list is really endless.
This month, I received Kauffman’s Fruit Farm’s Gift Box from Amish Country. It included 8 Honeycrisp Apples, a jar of Pumpkin Butter, PA Dutch Shoofly Pie Mix, and Dutch Country Pretzel Mix.
I wanted to use the ingredients in a unique way, so I made 3 “semi homemade” recipes that are quick and easy to whip up. These fall snacks are a delicious way to celebrate the season!
Please note: I am partnering with Kauffman’s Fruit Farm as a blog ambassador. I have received these Kauffman’s Fruit Farm products for free; however, all opinions remain my own.
“Semi Homemade” Soft Pretzels with Pumpkin Dipping Sauce
I definitely think this was my favorite recipe to make. It’s sweet, salty, and has the perfect “fall” flavor that you want in a fall snack. Plus, the pretzels came from this handy-dandy pretzel mix so it whips up in a snap.
- 1 bag Kauffman Fruit Farm’s Pretzel Mix
- Follow all directions until you come to the step where you roll the pretzels. Instead of rolling into the traditional pretzel shape, twist your pretzels into long sticks.
- Dip in baking soda/water solution as per pretzel directions.
- Bake as per directions
Dipping Sauce Recipe:
- Soften 2 tablespoons of cream cheese in the microwave
- In a small bowl, combine cream cheese with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin butter
- Stir well and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes
- Serve with warm pretzels.
Baked Caramel Pumpkin Blooming Apples
This fall snack turned out seriously AMAZING! I love caramel apples and I love blooming apples. But I wanted to give this one some extra “oomph,” so I added pumpkin butter.
The recipe takes a little prep time, but it will really “wow” your guests and satisfy their sweet tooth.
- Cut the tops off your apples
- Dig out the entire core and seeds (don’t worry if you feel like you took “too much” out, it just leaves more room for filling)
- Cut two concentric circles in your apple around the core
- Turn the apple upside down and cut slits up the side every half inch or so (it’s hard to see in the picture, but you’ll want to cut the apple from the bottom to the top along the skin, penetrating through the two concentric circles)
- Next, place a soft caramel candy in the center of your apple
- Cover that candy with lots and lots of pumpkin butter (you can stretch your apple to fit more in the cracks)
- Top with one final caramel candy
- Bake at 350 for 1 to 1.5 hours until apple begins to soften
- Let cool, but serve warm
I had NEVER heard of shoofly pie until a few weeks ago. Apparently it was a favorite of frontier settlers and America’s Amish. It’s basically a molasses pie that is rich and smooth. The directions in the mix were super easy to follow and the hardest part was making the crust!
- Prepare 1 box of Kauffman’s Fruit Farm’s PA Dutch Old Fashioned Shoofly Pie Mix.
- Make your crust (I used this recipe and it was delish!)
- Bake according to directions on box recipe.
- Halfway through baking time, add apples to garnish. They give this recipe some freshness and help combat the richness of the pie.
- Serve warm or cold
You could even serve this pie with a big scoop of apple cinnamon (or vanilla) ice cream! It was a total winner in our family.
Do you have a favorite fall recipe? I would love to hear it in the comments below!