Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mini Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches {for Stemilt Growers}

Even in the savoriest of kitchens, this is the time of year that sweets really come to the forefront with a plethora of puddings, cookies, crumbles, and tarts being whipped, creamed, baked, and rolled. Even I will step from my content little perch as a potato-cheese-bread girl and partake in a bit of pastry puffery. (Desserts are, after all, almost as much about the presentation and form… as they are the flavor.)

But, truth be told, desserts that really appeal to me are what I’d call pretty little desserts… as in mini. What’s better than a sweet little nibble that satisfies that sweet tooth, without overindulging.

When Stemilt asked me to deliver something that might be a little twist on a holiday favorite, I immediately thought of Apple Pie A La Mode, a quintessential dessert this time of year. However, in its traditional form (typically a generous slice), it’s always just a bit too much for me after a full meal. I love all the dessert options that say “holiday” out loud and bold… only I love them even more if they can make that statement in just a few bites.

Mini desserts are perfect holiday treats; having all the flavor you crave with little of the guilt or indulgence… a mini splurge.

These Mini Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches are simply your favorite, store-bought vanilla ice cream with a no-fuss crust and a quick stove-top medley of holiday-seasoned apples mixed in… then sandwiched between mini homemade cookies. If you want you can even use your favorite pre-made pie crust and boxed cookies. But don’t cheat on your apple pie “filling.” That’s the sweet secret to these little nibbles and a firm apple, like Stemilt’s Jonagold variety, works beautifully!

Sweet… simple… and small. For recipe details, click over to The Stem.

Disclaimer: While I am being compensated by Stemilt Growers as a guest contributor to The Stem, the views and/or opinions expressed are my own.

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