Falling for Fun: Apple Crowns

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Apple crowns are a fun and healthier alternative to ice cream sundaes. Make them this fall for a fun dessert for the whole family.

Apple Crowns for Fall | Life as MOM

Apple Crowns have been an autumn tradition in our family since we first moved to Paso Robles in 1998. We discovered them at a roadside specialty shop on Highway 46 heading west to Cambria. Crisp fall apples, sliced and doused with caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry were a fabulous snack to indulge in.

We’ve lived in several towns since then, but we’ve carried the Apple Crown tradition with us wherever we go. It’s simple and easy and the kids love it. You will, too.

As you can see I omitted the nuts. They’re verboten in my house until FishChick5’s allergy testing happens later this week. You could use dried cranberries or raisins or sunflower seeds if you want a nut-free alternative for topping.

Make Caramel Apple Crowns | Life as MOM

You can make your own whipped cream — I used this recipe for Maple-Whipped Cream — and your own caramel sauce to make it a little less processed. I leaned on Trader Joe’s for the caramel because their Fleur de Sel Caramel is amazing. (Try it in your coffee this week! Superyum!)

Your kids will probably be happy to eat several apples at a sitting when served this way, so consider how loaded you make them. I prefer these to be made with sweet-tart apples to counteract the sweet of the caramel. (I put very little maple in my whipped cream, so the cream helps cut the sweet, too.)

Choose organic apples if you can swing it since conventional are on the Dirty Dozen list. My target price on apples is $1/pound, though I will go as high as $1.50 if they are organic. Watch for sales and stock up.

Apple Crowns are fun and festive which makes them a super simple dessert to serve when you’ve got folks over for dinner. So easy and “superyum” as we say around here.

Some of our favorite apple desserts:

Slab Apple Pie
Nanna’s Apple Pie
Oven Pancake with Cinnamon Apples
Crockpot Applesauce

Tools to make this recipe easier:

Apple corer
Apple corer/slicer

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This post is part of the DIY on a Dime: Falling for Fun series. Check it out for all kinds of budget-friendly, family fun ideas to celebrate one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.

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  1. We do something similar with apples and coconut peanut butter dip. I won’t show my kids this picture, though, because I think they would prefer this sweeter variety.

  2. Good idea. Weight Watchers can use Redi Whip and. Make it very low Points Plus 🙂

  3. Oh, my! I love this idea! We will have these tonight during the Patriots game. I make my own caramel, but the TJ’s one sounds delicious. Thanks for another fabulous idea!

  4. Yummy things and so pretty too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. My friend is giving me apples! Can’t wait to try these!

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