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Baked Apple and Cranberries

Warm apples and cinnamon combined with sweet-tart cranberries make this flavorful low-sugar dessert!
Four cored apples filled with cranberries, butter and brown sugar are baked, broiled and displayed on a serving plate.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 Apple
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

1 baking apple (try Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathan, or Braeburn)
cinnamon to taste
1 Tablespoon dried cranberries
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon margarine or butter

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Wash apple and remove core (seed area), leaving the bottom to hold in the filling.
  3. Peel a small band of skin from around the top of the apple.
  4. Place the apple in a microwave-safe container.
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon around the top of the apple and into the hole.
  6. Fill the center of the apple with cranberries, pressing down if needed.
  7. Top the cranberries with the brown sugar and margarine or butter.
  8. Cover loosely with wax paper.
  9. Microwave on HIGH for about 2 ½ minutes or until apple is soft when poked through the center hole with a fork. Cool slightly.
  10. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Try using a corer or a paring knife and a small melon baller or the tip of a vegetable peeler to remove the core.
  • Try fresh cranberries, raisins or other dried fruit in the center.
  • For additional servings, increase the cooking time about 1 minute for each apple.
  • Serve for breakfast or dessert!

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