We had another beautiful day here in Alaska today. The temperature actually reached 70 degrees, and the sky was clear blue all day! As I write this blog post, it is 7:00pm and the temperature is sitting at 67 degrees. The sun is still quite high in the sky, because we’re currently getting over 16 hours of daylight here. As a matter of fact, the sun won’t set until approximately 10:00pm tonight. That’s one of the things I absolutely love about the spring/summer season here in Alaska – the long hours of daylight! 🙂
Because it was so beautiful outside today and I wanted to get out and enjoy it as much as possible, I decided to bake a fairly simple dessert for tonight. It may be simple to prepare, but the taste is absolutely out of this world! I just love the combination of flavors in this treat – cinnamon, apples and spice cake. Yum! 🙂
Cinnamon Apple Spice Dessert
1 package (18.25 ounce) Betty Crocker Super Moist Spice Cake Mix
1 1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
8 tablespoons butter, softened & divided
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 can (20 ounce) Wilderness No Sugar Added Apple Pie Filling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
With a pastry blender, combine cake mix, oats and 6 tablespoons butter in a large bowl until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup of these crumbs for topping.
To remaining crumbs, blend in egg. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes.
Place reserved crumbs (the 1 cup) into a medium bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, nuts, cinnamon, and sugar. Blend with pastry blender until well mixed.
Spread apple pie filling on top of baked base. Sprinkle with cinnamon crumb mixture. Return to oven and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool on wire rack. Drizzle with Vanilla Glaze, if desired. Cut into squares.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 – 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract