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Will’s Apple Crater

Tonight Will decided he wanted to make dessert.  He wanted to make a “turbo taker,” which, in his words, is something you make up.  In my words, it means he pulls random ingredients from the fridge and cupboard and starts mixing.  I’m in a bit of a quandary about this cooking without a plan.  On the one hand, I like to encourage his creativity in the kitchen.  I didn’t learn to cook without a recipe until two years ago.  I think it benefits him to try new things, make crazy concoctions, and learn a little about how food happens.

On the other hand, we’ve had some big failures (noodles with a graham cracker, orange juice, and Parmesan “sauce” comes to mind), which result in a set back of our food budget and our dinner time.

So when he insisted on making dinner tonight, I set a few parameters.  The first rule was that he had to have a plan.  We talked about the ingredients, he explained what he would do with them, and when I was satisfied that he was on track, I butted out.  Although I did insist on making it a dessert and not our main course.  The result was… better than I expected.  Will was very excited about it, and before the first bite asked me to blog about it.  So here it is, Will’s first published recipe 🙂

(The name is a bit misleading– this looks nothing like a crater.  Originally he wanted to call it “fahcost,” or something equally nondescript.  I asked him to try a name that describes what it is.  It at least has apples!)

Will’s Apple Crater

  • 1/4 box of wheat crackers (Wheat Thins, for example), crushed
  • 2 oz dried cranberries
  • 1 apple, diced into small pieces
  • 3 T. peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 tsp honey

Put all ingredients in an oven-safe baking dish and mix well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serves 4


March 6, 2011 - Posted by | Baked Goodies |


  1. Soooooooo, Minnesota needs to know. What did it taste like?
    Grandpa, Nana and Great Grandma are waiting to hear.

    Comment by mike swedin | March 7, 2011 | Reply

    • It tasted like a salty, nutty, apple and cranberry dessert type thing. Sort of like granola meets crisp, but more salty than sweet. That’s the best I can describe it! The cheese left a bit of an aftertaste. I think with some oats and a lot more peanut butter (and no cheese) it would be pretty awesome.

      Comment by Becky | March 7, 2011 | Reply

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