This leather a snack fit for a finicky child or an adult gourmand.

Have fun making this leather on a chilly winter day. The scent of baking apples, maple, and spices is a great way to warm up your kitchen. You can make these little leather wraps special with some pretty packaging, or simply throw them in your bag for a healthy and sweet snack on the go.

FOOD+STYLING by Michaela Hayes, Crock & Jar

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2 lbs of apples (about 5 medium apples)

1 lemon, juiced

1 red beet (golf ball sized)

1 tablespoon maple sugar (optional)

½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground

¹⁄8 teaspoon cardamom, ground

pinch of salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 225˚F.
  2. Peel, seed, and chop up apples. Peel and chop up the beet.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blend the apples and beet with the lemon juice until smooth.
  4. Stir in the sugar, spices, and salt.
  5. Divide the purée in half and spread it in an even layer, ¼” thick, onto 2 parchment lined baking sheets. The rectangles will end being about 9x14” large and will not completely fill the sheet.
  6. Bake the leather in the oven until it is dry to the touch, about 1½–2 hours, rotating the pans halfway through. Turn off the oven and allow the leather to cool completely inside.
  7. Peel the leather off the parchment and cut it into shapes using scissors.
  8. R oll the shapes in waxed paper and then tissue paper and tie with string for a sweet, healthy treat for your favorite child or adult!


You can definitely use green apples for this. The coloring comes from a beet—totally delicious and you don’t need to let any beet-phobic folks know. They won’t be able to tell!

Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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