Indian Spiced Baked Mini Apples

Mini crimson golds are a great baking apple. I found these and decided to stuff them with some Indian spices and ground almonds. I guess with Diwali going on, I must have had ghoogras somewhere in the back of my mind.

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Ghoogras are hand pies that my family and many other Indian families often eat around Diwali time. Without trying the filling I created for these came out much like the filling in ghoogras. As a result the baked apples ended up tasting a lot like ghoogras, with the crunchiness of the apples replacing the crunchiness of the pastry.

A couple of weeks ago Steve and I went up to Los Angeles for a Halloween party my brother and his friends threw. While we were up there we visited Steve’s grandfather in Pasadena. Down the street from him we noticed a garage sale going on.

As food bloggers, we’re always on the lookout for props and often stop in on garage sales we happen by. We found a great little copper bowl, a few tart pans and the people having it were so nice, they threw in a couple of marble tiles for free.

Indian Spiced Baked Mini-Apples recipe at
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Speaking of free stuff, over the weekend I went to a meet up with some fellow San Diego food bloggers. It was a lot of fun with some really delicious food. I came home with a bag of mini crimson gold apples from Melissa’s Produce.

They were so cute, I had to do something with them. The only problem is I don’t like apples. The texture really bothers me. If there is an apple recipe I want to try, I usually substitute pears instead.

Indian Spiced Baked Mini-Apples recipe at

Indian Spiced Baked Mini-Apples recipe at
Indian Spiced Baked Mini-Apples recipe at
Indian Spiced Baked Mini-Apples recipe at
Indian Spiced Baked Mini-Apples recipe at
Indian Spiced Baked Mini-Apples

Indian Spiced Baked Mini Apples

Baked mini apples stuffed with almonds, cardamom and ginger
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: apples, dessert, healthy
Servings: 6
Calories: 152kcal


  • 1 pound mini crimson gold apples about 18 apples
  • cup whole almonds
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cold butter cut up into pieces (or substitute Earth Balance to keep it vegan)
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • lime or lemon juice to prevent apples from browning


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Toss the almonds into a food processor and pulse until you have a coarse powder. Add the brown sugar and spices. Mix.
  • Add the butter and pulse until well mixed. Set the almond and butter mixture aside.
  • Rinse and dry the apples. Using an apple corer or a melon baller, scoop out the apple cores (I found that a metal 1/4 tsp measure worked really well for scooping out the core). Create a little well for the filling making sure to leave the bottoms of the apple intact. Sprinkle a couple drops of lemon or lime juice into the cored apples so that they don’t brown while you finish coring the rest.
  • Stuff the apples with the almond and butter mixture. Arrange them into a baking dish with the tops facing up.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the apples are pierced easily with a fork.


I topped some of the baked apples with marshmallows and used a little torch to roast them. It was a delicious addition!


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. That’s a great idea:) I bet those are so delicious. I love that you put ginger too ..brilliant! I am gonna stuff every fruit with this filling now- so excited!

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