Peanut Butter Apple-Lanterns

Halloween is just around the corner, which means that themed parties are in full swing and fun food ideas are everywhere! This cute appetizer/dessert came to me after staring at some adorable crab apples for about a half hour trying to figure out just what the heck to do with them. Should I cut them up and use them in pies? Maybe I should poach them in wine… or what if I cut them into eyeballs? Nope, little apple-lanterns it is!

Of course I had to stuff them with peanut butter and raisins, although a vegan caramel filling would be great, as well. Now, you don’t have to carve the little faces into each one if you’re making a lot for a party, but it really does make them that much more awesome. You could also cut the face all of the way through to have a slightly oozy, creepy apple-lantern.

If you need another Halloween appetizer idea, check out my Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs!

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Peanut Butter Apple Lanterns

From Vegan Yack Attack | Appetizers | American

Cute and tasty appetizers that come together quickly and are perfect for Halloween and Kids!


cal Calories 98kcal

fat Total Fat 4g

sat fat Saturated Fat 1g

chol Cholesterol 49mg

sodium Sodium 231mg

Low carbs Total Carbohydrate 6g

Serving size 63g Calories from fat 36kcal Fiber 1g Protein 10g Sugar 4g
9 servings


  • 1 lb. small crab apples (9 in this case)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup melted smooth peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Cut the top 1/4 off of each apple in a zig-zag line (like you would a pumpkin.
  2. Take a melon baller and scoop out the inside, leaving 1/4″ inch-thick wall in the apple; make sure there are no holes in the bottom.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F. Use a knife to cut very shallow lines into the skin of the apple for eyes and a smile. Only cut out the skin, not all of the way through.
  4. Place each apple on a baking sheet. Stir the raisins, melted peanut butter, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon together, then divide the mixture between all of the apples.
  5. Place the apple tops back on the apple-lanterns then bake them for 13-15 minutes or until they have shrunken slightly and are fork tender.
  6. Wait 10 minutes before serving, and serve warm.

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by Jackie Sobon at

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12 Comments on “Peanut Butter Apple-Lanterns

  1. OMG these look amazing!!! so making these this weekend!!! awesome!!

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