Walking into Miss Lamont's Grade 4 classroom, balancing a tray of Peanut Butter Delight, while attempting to conceal the fact that my costume was seriously riding up my butt, I really can't say which humiliated me more; the fact that I was wearing an obviously too-small, homemade, polyester Pink Panther costume for the second year in a row or that I had to show up for the class Halloween Party with this sad excuse for a treat again.
But if I had to pick.... I'd pick something else entirely! Anything actually. Cookies, rice krispie treats, baked squares... I'd pick these Caramel Apple Betty Dessert Shooters!~
ANYTHING BUT PEANUT BUTTER DELIGHT!
My Mom never made Apple Betty when I was a kid, so I didn't get to enjoy it until adulthood. Instead she like to make peanut butter delight for everything! In my humble opinion, there is just nothing remotely delightful about Peanut Butter Delight. Not only is peanut butter delight a lame attempt to coerce a "square" out of ingredients that should never have been forced into any type of geometric shape to begin with, it was clearly a gross abuse of peanut butter. Studded with raw, sugar coma-inducing, multi-coloured mini marshmallows, fighting to stay afloat in a pool of sickly sweet brown gunk, I lamented, 'why couldn't she have just baked cookies !?"
The sad fact was that although I despised the stuff, my Mom liked it. She liked it mostly because it was easy to make and since she was the one making the treat, she clearly trumped me.
Old Skool Halloween Party Treats
Although I'm not a fan, like my Mom, I know there are zillions of other people out there that love it! So, if you are one of them, then give Yay For Food's PEANUT BUTTER BUTTERSCOTCH MARSHMALLOWS BARS (AKA CONFETTI BARS) a try! She graciously let me use her beautiful photo because I obviously did not want to make it and photograph it myself. Hey, I still appreciate stunning food photography. Plus, there are only 4 ingredients and it takes 10 minutes~! She also has a ton of other delicious recipes, so make sure you head over and check out her website!
Caramel Apple Brown Betty
But one day, I fantasized, I would be the one making the treats. And I swore I would never send my kids to school with Peanut Butter Delight:
Flash forward 35+ years:
My how things have changed. They no longer even allow kids to have Halloween parties at school. In fact, my kids' elementary school wouldn't even let them celebrate "Halloween"; it was black and orange day. Nor were they allowed to wear costumes - they could only come dressed in black and orange attire. And bringing treats to share with your friends-completely out of the question, whether it's Halloween or not!
My Mom probably had no idea how much I disliked that stuff. And although I obviously can't bake for school parties these days, I usually consult my kids before I make treats for events/bake sales/parties/sports wind-ups etc.. Yet, I don't recall being consulted....
However, when I was growing up, things were different - children weren't 'consulted', as they are now. You were pretty much grateful to just get a treat (just not Peanut Butter Delight). Not to mention that my Mom wasn't much of a baker back then, so she had a limited repertoire!
Modern Day Halloween Party Treats :
But now I'm in charge of the treats (aside from when I have to consult my kids, of course 🙂 ) And since I do get to bring something to my own Halloween potluck at work, I thought these Caramel Apple Betty Dessert Shooters would definitely be as far away from Peanut Butter Delight as one could get!
Caramel Apple & Apple Betty are a fine pairing in this no bake dessert shot. Oh and they are a just little more "grown up" than the typical Halloween party dessert.
The brown butter in these easy apple dessert shooters lends a rich caramel flavour that blends so perfectly with the cheesecake-like tanginess of cream cheese/yogurt layer. And the maple whipped cream is light, airy and oh so dreamy. The caramel sundae sauce and toffee bits crown it all off with the perfect balance of sweetness.
But back to the Peanut Butter Delight.....Although you've probably already guessed, I'd have to say that the Peanut Butter Delight definitely won out over the tight Pink Panther costume for the mortification prize that Halloween.
So, here's to the new age of party treat consultation; what a great time to be a kid! But being a grown up is even better when you get to be in charge of bringing treats like this Caramel Apple Betty Dessert Shooter to the Halloween party!
Happy Halloween treat making!
If you like dessert shooters, give my Saskatoon Berry (Juneberry) Tiramisu Dessert Shooters a try!
If you have a few more minutes to spare, give my Salted Toffee Caramel Apples (with melted caramels) a try!
Caramel Apple Betty Dessert Shooters
- ¼ cup brown butter (unsalted butter, browned -see VIDEO in notes) reserve 2 Tbsp for apples
- 2 green apples cored and peeled and chopped into about small pieces (about ¼ inch)
- ¼ cup light cream cheese room temperature
- 5 tbsp brown sugar (2 tbsp reserved for apples)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 2 tbsp white granulated sugar
- ¼ cup 2 % yogurt
- 2 lady fingers cut into very small pieces ( not quite crumbs)
Maple Whipped Cream:
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1 cup whipping cream
- Brown butter in small saucepan over medium heat (SEE VIDEO "How to brown butter) in Notes). Set aside 2 tbsp for apples.
- Saute apples with 2 Tblsp butter over medium- low heat in frying pan on stove top until they are soft (can easily put fork through) but still hold their shape ( about 5-7 minutes),
- Add orange zest. Then toss in bowl with cinnamon 2 Tblsp of brown sugar.
- Beat yogurt and cream cheese together with 3 Tblsp of brown sugar, then add remaining brown butter
- Beat whipping cream in separate bowl, then add sugar to your liking (I used about 3 tsp) and maple flavouring when it reaches soft peaks. Beat to stiff peaks. Set aside
- Layer in shot glass beginning with crushed lady fingers, then yogurt mixture, then apples.
- Top with whipped cream. You can spoon it on our use a 1 M icing tip and icing bag and pipe on (see VIDEO in notes)
- Drizzle caramel sundae sauce over the whipped cream in a a circular fashion. You want it to look whimsical.
- Sprinkle toffee bits onto each dessert shooters, dividing evenly between them all.
This recipe is part of The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck link up!