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Our favorite AppleHouse recipes

Nine ways to enjoy the apples and gourmet treats available at our AppleHouse.

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AppleHouse. Photo by Susie Hopper.

By Liz Potasek

Freshly picked apples make one of the most satisfying and healthy snacks around, but after we’ve had our fill of them, we start getting creative. Below you’ll find some of our favorite snacks, meals and desserts featuring Arboretum apples and other goodies from the AppleHouse (7485 Rolling Acres Rd., Victoria).

The Arboretum AppleHouse is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, and there are no reservations required to visit. Call the AppleHouse hotline 612-301-3487 to get the latest information about available apples. In addition to apples, squash and gourmet foods, visitors can buy apple cider mini donuts and apple cider slushies from North Star Donuts on Wednesdays through Sundays.

Note: You can peel the apples in the recipes below, but I don’t bother: The peels are packed with nutrients, and it saves time and energy to skip that step.

Apples & Caramel


  • Sliced AppleHouse apples*
  • Abdallah Caramel*


Drizzle or dip apples in caramel and enjoy. The AppleHouse sells Abdallah Caramel in a 14.5 oz tub or individual snack packs.

Apple Grilled Cheese


  • Butter
  • Fresh sourdough bread
  • Fresh apple of your choice*, thinly sliced into rounds or half-moons
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Arboretum cinnamon apple jam* (optional)

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Butter two slices of sour dough bread, and spread a thin layer of jam (if using) on the opposite side of one of the bread slices. Top the jam bread with a layer of cheddar cheese, a layer of apple and the other slice of bread (butter side facing out). Place the sandwich in the hot skillet and cook on both sides. The sandwich is done when the bread is golden and the cheese is melted.

Apples & Ravioli. Photo by Liz Potasek.

Apples & Ravioli

Adapted from a Sept. 2009 recipe in Real Simple magazine.


  • One pound cheese ravioli, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 of your favorite apples*, cut into batons
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • toasted walnuts


Cook ravioli according to package directions. Heat oil in a skillet and add apples, cooking until apples have softened slightly (1-2 minutes). Toss apples with parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Serve ravioli topped with apple mixture and toasted walnuts.

Roasted Squash & Apples with Arugula. Photo by Liz Potasek.

Roasted Squash & Apples with Arugula

This time of year, I often roast a butternut squash on Sundays and store it in the refrigerator to use in salads and grain dishes throughout the week. Peel the butternut squash with a vegetable peeler, and then cut into 1-inch cubes. Roast for 10-15 minutes (or until tender and browned) in a 400 degree oven.

If arugula is too spicy, this salad would also work well with spinach.


  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey*
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large bunch of arugula, about 16 ounces
  • 1 apple*, chopped
  • 1 cup diced roasted butternut squash*
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


Whisk the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard and honey in a large salad bowl until combined. Toss with arugula, and top with apple, butternut squash and cranberries.

Apple Pancakes & Arboretum Maple Syrup


  • 1-2 apples*, finely diced
  • Sturdiwheat pancake mix*, plus ingredients to complete mix
  • Arboretum maple syrup*


Make pancakes according to package directions, adding finely diced apple to the batter after it has been poured into the pan. Top finished pancakes with Arboretum maple syrup.

Cinnamon Spice Waffles with Quick Rosy Applesauce. Photo by Liz Potasek.

Cinnamon Spice Waffles with Quick Rosy Applesauce


  • 3-4 apples*, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional or to taste)
  • Sturdiwheat pancake mix*, plus ingredients to complete mix
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


To make rosy apple sauce: Add apples, water and sugar (if you’re using it — you can always add sugar at the end if the sauce needs it) to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until apples are soft and starting to look saucy, about 15-20 minutes. Leaving the peels on the apples gives this sauce a pretty, rosy hue.

To make waffles: Follow directions on pancake mix, adding cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to the dry ingredients. Cook following directions on waffle maker.

To serve: Top waffles with apple sauce.

Caramel Apple Donuts. Photo by Liz Potasek.

Caramel Apple Donuts

Makes about 12 doughnuts.


  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Caramel Apple Muffin Mix*
  • Doughnut pan
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apple (optional)
  • Abdallah Caramel* (optional)


Make the muffin mix following directions on the label, but instead of baking batter in a muffin pan, use a doughnut pan. Watch the bake time — we baked them for about 12 minutes.

Easy upgrades: Add diced apple when mixing the dry and wet ingredients. If you want to make them extra special, top with a little warmed Abdallah Caramel.

Caramel Apple Sundae


  • Fresh apple of your choice*, finely diced
  • Ice Cream (vanilla, salted caramel or ice cream of your choice)
  • Abdallah Caramel*
  • Eden’s Apples apple chips* or Sunshine Apple Orchard apple chips*, crushed (optional)
  • Shortbread cookie, crumbled (optional)


Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream to a bowl. Top with finely diced apple and Abdallah Caramel. Sprinkle with apple chips and shortbread cookie, if using.

Photo by Susie Hopper.

Frozen Apple Crisp or Apple Pie*

Pick up a frozen apple crisp or apple pie from one of the AppleHouse freezers, and you’re never more than a few hours away from a delicious, warm apple treat. Top them off with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

*Available for sale at the AppleHouse.

4 comments on “Our favorite AppleHouse recipes

  1. I would really enjoy an apple crisp recipe…. any chance you’d share your Applehouse recipe? Unfortunately, I cannot make it for a visit this year. I will continue to eat Minnesota’s developed apples, they’re THE BEST! Thank you & keep up the good work!

  2. jeanwaltz9865

    I have just forwarded these yummy-looking Apple recipes to my grandson. Yes, he is a Food Science major at Madison of Wisconsin …. but that doesn’t make him all bad! He is doing lots of cooking for the four guys in his apartment, and I think they will enjoy all of recipes. Thank you for sharing!! Nana

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