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Time to deck the house, trim the tree, and string the lights for the holiday season. While doing so, bake off a batch of these warm apple cinnamon squares. Just the smell of these baking in your kitchen will bring on some amazingly cozy, holiday feelings! A dash of Frangelico (or favorite liqueur) adds a bit more joy for those with a more refined pallet. This dessert being a frozen puff-pastry makes it an easy anytime treat, which is perfect for those extra unexpected holiday guests. Serves 6.

3 Granny Smith apples ( 1 1/2 lb.), 3 Tbsp. apple juice, 1 Tbsp. Frangelico (or Grand Manier, French brandy), 3 Tbsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, pinch salt, 1 pkg. frozen puff pastry (thawed), 1 egg (beaten), 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar. Preheat oven 375F.

1. Peel, core and slice apples 1/4-inch thick. Toss with apple juice & liqueur. Add sugar, spices and salt. Set aside.

2. Flour baking surface. Gently roll each piece of puff pastry into 12×12″ square. Cut each square into four 6×6″ squares. Cover dough with parchment and keep chilled.

3. Brush edges of one square with egg wash. Fill center with small amount of apple. Place another pastry square on top and seal all edges with tines of a fork. Continue making until you have six pastries.

4. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Brush tops with egg wash. Make a few slits in the top of each to vent. Bake 18-20 minutes until puffed and golden. Allow to cool 1 minute. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Serve warm and enjoy.


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