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Every Fall, I love to browse blogs and recipe sites for new holiday dishes. Each year, Savannah and I try a new cookie, cake, bread or the latest dessert fad to throw into our holiday baking. This year, even though we hadn’t enjoyed Oreo Truffles – we decided to try making them ourselves. They were so fun and easy to create!

Having managed to drop my food processor down the basement stairs – we were left to crush the Oreos by hand. After the crushed Oreos were mixed with cream cheese, rolled into balls and dipped in chocolate. We finally had our new dessert for Holiday Baking 2013. However, we still didn’t enjoy them very much.

Except for Joey. He very much loves sweet, chocolate anything. He’s already requesting more. We’ll see about that. The rest of us will stick to the peanut-buttery goodness of Buckeyes.

Out of all the treats, cookies and pies – my mother-in-law’s apple pie remains my favorite. As hard as I try, I can never make it as perfect as she does. Every year, I try. Though I just can’t get the topping quite right. Everything she makes is always wonderful – but I very much look forward to having her apple pie on Thanksgiving.

Apple Pie

Pie Crust:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil

Mix in pie plate with fork until crumbly, Press into shape. Prick bottom.

Apple Pie Filling:

  • 7 cups of pared, peeled, and sliced Granny Smith apples
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine

Combine all ingredients except butter and mix. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Put topping on top and bake at 425 for about 45 min. Don’t let the topping get too brown.

Streusel Topping

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine

In mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit filling.

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