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An ooey gooey alternative to apple pies

Closeup of freshly baked Apple Betty S’mores
DELIGHTFUL DESSERT: Try Apple Betty S’mores as an alternative to apple pie or apple crisp.
Apple Betty S’mores are a chocolate marshmallow delight.

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Nothing says "autumn" like the distinctive flavor of apples. Change up your traditional apple crisp with this variation.

This treat nods to everyone's favorite campfire dessert. You can also use up any leftover graham crackers from your last camping trip and keep your family coming back for "s'more."

Apple Betty S'mores

Five baking apples
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup coarsely crumbled graham crackers
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Peel, core and cube the apples. Spread the apples in an 8-by-8-inch baking pan.

In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, crumbled graham crackers and flour. Stir in softened butter until it forms pea-sized pieces.

Sprinkle the mixture over the apples. Bake in a preheated 350-degree-F oven for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle the baked apples with chocolate chips and top with marshmallows. Return to the oven and bake until marshmallows brown, about 5 to 6 minutes.

What's a good baking apple? The New York Apple Association recommends Cameo, Cortland, Crispin, Empire, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Ida Red, Jonagold, Rome and RubyFrost.

For more information, visit nyapplecountry.com.

Jeanne Sergeant writes from central New York.

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