Try out this new fall family treat

Kristy Dean Cole  Confession of a Baking Queen
Kristy Dean Cole
Confession of a Baking Queen

Is it fall yet? I find myself in the middle of a summer that isn’t quite over and the longing for a fall that isn’t here yet. Last week was the start of football season here in Knox County, and as bad as I want to be wearing a blue and gold hoodie, weather is not permitting for one. I’m over ice cream and bathing suits. I want bonfires, autumn colors on the leaves, and harvest moons. Don’t even get me started on apples and pumpkins! I could enjoy the tastes of those daily. So prepare yourself, ’cause I have some great recipes to share.

My Aunt Arthena Mills has some of the most fruit bearing apple trees I have ever known. My entire family picked buckets full for various baking goods. Last year my husband and I were still picking apples long after the first frost and Halloween. The things we make with them are never-ending-fried pies, apple pies, apple cakes and my mother’s unbeatable apple butter.

My mother and Arthena concocted a very simple but tasty apple butter recipe that has won first prize at a county fair. We make it and distribute it as gifts for the holidays. I have bartered with it and so much more. It was one of the first things I learned to can and do several batches of her super secret recipe every year. This recipe is a by product of it’s popularity when you want to see all the ways you can implement apple butter into your baking and hits the spot when you’re longing for a taste of Fall! Hope you give it a try and if you would like to share a recipe, email

Apple Butter Pie

8 oz. gingersnaps

3 tbsp. butter, melted

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 c. apple butter

3 large eggs yolks

1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Garnishes: whipped cream and crushed gingersnaps

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse gingersnaps in food processor 20 times or until finely ground. Add butter and press into 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together sweetened condensed milk and next three ingredients. Pour into prepared crust. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Chill overnight.