Yield: 6 servings


gala apples

ounces cream cheese, softened

¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

¼ cup prepared caramel sauce

¼ cup candied pecans, chopped

¼ cup chopped sugared dates

teaspoon apple pie spice

tablespoons butter, softened and divided

½ cup coarsely ground gingersnap cookies

Garnish: additional prepared caramel sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Slice ½ inch off the tops of apples, including stems. Set tops aside. Remove cores to within 12 inch from the bottoms of apples. Make holes 2 inches wide.


2. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine cream cheese, brown sugar, caramel sauce, pecans, dates, and apple pie spice. Pulse until combined. Stuff each apple with about 2 tablespoons cream-cheese mixture. Dot each apple with 1 teaspoon butter. Replace apple tops. Place apples in a cast-iron biscuit pan.


3. Bake until tender, approximately 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Remove apple tops; sprinkle with gingersnap crumbs, and replace tops. Drizzle with caramel sauce just before serving, if desired. Serve immediately.