Save apple peels and use them to make this truly delightful sprinkle! This sugar is perfect on buttered toast or rimming a cocktail glass - it tastes just like apple pie!


I have always regarded apple peels as beautiful, sweet smelling, and a shame to neglect. I’m a self-proclaimed food preservationist, and wasting food bothers me. I often experiment with ways to use the bits of food that may end up as compost— or worse, landfill, which is the case with the under-utilized apple peels.

After a few unsuccessful endeavors, I came up with Apple Pie Sugar. The peels hold a good amount of apple flavor, and mixing them with your favorite warming spices and some sugar makes a jar of pie-flavored crystals. Use your Apple Pie Sugar to top cookies and pastries, roll donuts in, or rim a sweet cocktail glass. You can also reunite the peels with their cores and sprinkle it on applesauce.

If you’re like me, you will also enjoy surprising people by giving them a spoonful and asking them to taste it—watching people’s faces light up as they find their memory of sweet apple pie makes the experience as much a joy for me as it is for them.

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Yeilds about one 8oz jar

peels from 6 apples

2⁄3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1⁄2 teaspoon allspice

1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg

1⁄4 teaspoon dried ginger

pinch of salt






  1. In a dehydrator or a low oven, dry apple peels until crispy.
  2. Using a spice grinder or food processor, grind the dried peels until very fine.
  3. Mix peels with remaining ingredients and store in a cool, dry place.

TIP:

Use apple pie sugar to top your favorite sweet treat. Enjoy.



Save apple peels and use them to make this truly delightful sprinkle! This sugar is perfect on buttered toast or rimming a cocktail glass - it tastes just like apple pie!
Photography by Recipe+text by Michaela Hayes Photography by Colin Cooke

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