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For a new twist on stuffed baked apples, cut the fruit hasselback-style and fill the crevices with a ginger-laced fruit-and-nut mixture. You can also use this recipe to make Cranberry-Stuffed Hasselback Pears: Prepare as directed, except substitute two 8-oz. Bartlett pears for the apples. Halve, core, and slice as directed. Decrease roasting time to 15 minutes.

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Hasselback Stuffed Baked Apples


  • 2 large red cooking apples, such as Braeburn, Honeycrisp, or Gala
  • ¼ cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Halve and core apples. Place cut sides down on cutting board. Arrange wooden skewers or chopsticks lengthwise on opposite sides of each apple half. Cut apple halves crosswise into ¼-inch slices, stopping when knife reaches skewers (to prevent slicing all the way through).
  2. Place apples in a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake 20 minutes.
  3. In a bowl stir together the remaining ingredients. Remove apples from oven; remove foil. Spoon cranberry mixture between apple slices and over the tops of apples. Bake, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes more or until heated through.

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