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Blushing Apples

The first time I tasted this dish was decades ago, at a Girl Scout dinner. The individual red apples, arranged on the banquet table, were beautiful and so appealing to little girls. Since then, this has been one of my special-occasion recipes. I especially like to make it at Christmastime. —Marion Tarkington, Lexington, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup red-hot candies
  • 10 to 12 small tart apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans


  • In a large saucepan, bring water, sugar and candies to a boil, stirring occasionally; boil for 3 minutes or until sugar and candies are melted. Add apples; reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 8-12 minutes or until apples are tender but retain their shape. Remove apples with a slotted spoon. Cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spoon into center of apples. Chill.

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