Maple Brown Cuties

Brown Sugar Crust

1 1/2 cups flour

4 tbl. butter, chilled

6 tbl. shortening, chilled

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbl. brown sugar

3 to 4 tbl. ice water

1. In a bowl combine first 5 ingredients working the butter and shortening in until coarse pieces remain.

2. Sprinkle water over the flour mixture until the dough comes to together.

3. Shape into a disk, place in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, and cutout circles.

5. Place dough circles in oiled cupcake tins, press out making lil cups, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Tip* After pressing out the dough prick with a fork and place in freezer for5-10 minutes. Dough may slump in the oven but this will help!

Apple Filling

- 2-3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

- 1tbl butter, melted

- 4 tbl. brown sugar

- 1 tbl. maple syrup

- 1/4 tsp nutmeg

- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

- 1 orange

1.In a bowl combine the first 6 ingredients. Squeeze the juice of the orange onto the apple mixture and stir well.

Easy Maple Cream

- 1 cup heavy cream

- 4 tbl. brown sugar

- 3 tbl. maple syrup

1. Using a mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream on high. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

Butter Crumb Topping/Filling the Cuties

 3 tbl. butter, softened

- 1/2 cup flour

- 2 tbl. brown sugar

Combine all ingredients.

Filling the Cuties

1. Fill each baking cup with apples.

2. Top with butter crumb topping

3. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees

4. Top with Maple Whipped Cream, chopped nuts of your choice( we used macadamia pieces), and orange zest.

*Makes 12-15 Maple Brown Cuties