Mele Cotte {Baked Apples}


Mele Cotte {Baked Apples} are one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s a beautiful {and mostly healthy GASP} dessert that you can pull together even at the last minute and pop it into the oven while you’re enjoying your dinner. It’s simple enough for a family dinner and yet elegant enough for a get together.

You’ll want to use a nice baking apple, nothing too soft, I chose Cripps Pink {also known as Pink Lady, because you know how much I like my pink} apples. They’re both sweet and crisp, fitting the criteria perfectly. You’ll want to be careful when coring your apples. You want to remove the core without splitting the apple {go ahead and save yourself a lot of time and pick up an apple corer if you don’t already have one}

The filling is the surprise show stealer here, it’s made with a combination of some of my favorite cookies of all time AMARETTI {if you can find the Amaretti di Saronno grab them} They’re delicate and distinctive little bites of bliss! BLISS! They bashed {don’t worry it didn’t hurt them} mixed with raisins, a little sugah sugah and Grappa ; )

This is indeed my kind of baking. Speaking of baking, you all know baking is a little challenging for me, something that always helps me out is my trusty SILPAT. It is a lifesaver and I don’t bake without it. AND It’s good for so much MORE than JUST baking cookies. One of my favorite ways to use it is to line my baking sheets with the Silpat then place a smaller baking dish on top of the baking sheet. Then VOILA there’s no slipping, sliding, or chancing the dish sliding right off the sheet and onto the floor. It’s exactly the way I baked these Mele Cotte {baked apples}.

Your kitchen simply MUST have a SILPAT, or two, or ; ) And guess what? DeMarle at Home happens to running a FABU CONTEST where YOU can WIN a SET OF 4 SILPAT mats {worth $200} AND a $100 Gift Certificate to spend at DeMarle at Home!

So go ahead get those flip videos out! Here’s what you need to do to enter the video contest:

ยท Submit a video 1 minute or less telling DeMarle why YOU love your Silpat. The more creative the better! Winners will receive a prize package worth $200, including 1 of each of our 4 Silpat sizes, a perforated baking sheet, and a $100 gift certificate to spend at Demarle at Home.

ยท To enter the contest, simply visit DeMARLE’s Facebook Page starting Monday, 5/2 through Monday, 5/16 and click on the link. Upload the video and you’re entered! Then, during the voting period (Tuesday 5/17 – Monday, 5/30), invite your friends to vote for your video. People can vote for your video once per day. The video with the most votes will win!

Psst.. Here’s my VIDEO entry {I told you I loved SILPAT didn’t I}




Disclaimer: DeMarle at Home provided me with a stipend for my time and materials as well as a complimentary Silpat and baking sheet. My opinions however, are my own. Always have been, always will be.


Mele Cotte {Baked Apples}
What you’ll need: Serves 4
4 baking apples – cored
12 amaretti cookies – crushed
2 tablespoons sugar – divided
2 tablespoons grappa
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup white wine
1-2 strips of orange peel

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Into a small bowl add: amaretti, 1 tablespoon sugar and grappa. Mix to combine. Equally divide mixture between apples and insert into apple centers.

3. Prick each apple several times. Place apples into an oven proof dish. Sprinkle the remaining sugar on top of the apples and top each with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Pour wine into the bottom of the dish. Add orange peel. Cover with tinfoil. Place dish onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with a SILPAT. Bake for approximately 20-30 or until softened.

4. Remove tinfoil. Baste apples with pan liquid and continue cooking for approximately 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and sauce has reduced.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Yours look so pretty!!! Last time I tried baked apples they exploded…whoops ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 2

    These look delicious! I love the twist of the amaretti cookies and grappa. Will have to try these.

    I can’t wait to see your video entry! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 3

    I love baked apples, gosh yours look so pretty!!

  4. 4

    Oh wow – amaretti cookies… grappa… be still my beating heart. I love both and to put them in a baked apple? This is so far above my usual brown sugar and cinnamon combo. Thanks!

  5. 5

    Wow your baked apples look yummy. As Heather said her explode mine have too. Oh well trial and error. You gave me the push to try again.


    • 5.1

      Hi Aline, Thank you. Make sure you prick them before they go into the oven, hopefully they won’t explode that way : )

  6. 6

    What an elegant and yummy dessert to serve! Those look perfect and the fact that they are…dare I say, healthy, makes it even better.

  7. 7

    I’ve always wanted to know how to do this!

  8. 9

    I love baked apples! These look beautiful Paula!!

  9. 10

    Well, you know I need to comment on this one…Mele Cotte – my favorite! That’s why I named the blog after them. ๐Ÿ™‚ look delish!


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