November 1, 2021

Ella’s Kitchen

It’s November and apples are still quite plentiful. I have included a fun-to-do cookie that might keep children entertained after Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy the month.


Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Roll

A quick and easy way to make
that decadent cinnamon roll
a little bit healthy.

  • 1 Apple, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
    (I prefer chunky, but smooth
    will work, too)
  • 1 Store-bought cinnamon roll
    with frosting

Layer apple slices on a microwaveable plate. Heat in microwave for 15 – 20 seconds. This will soften the apple, but slices will still remain firm.
Now add the peanut butter in dollops on top and microwave another 10 seconds. Gently spread the softened peanut butter over the apples.

Place the frosted cinnamon roll on top and microwave for 30 – 35 seconds.

Let sit for a bit, then microwave another 10 seconds so that frosting melts down the sides.


Reindeer Cookies

  • BelVita, Nature Valley Biscuits or Nutter Butter cookies.
  • White frosting
  • Pretzels (I just happened to find some pumpkin spiced flavored yogurt covered pretzels. I show two different types of pretzels and two different cookies. One is just the single wafer, the other a sandwich cookie. Be creative and use what you find available.)
  • Red and Brown M & M’s

So simple to make.

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Delight

  • 2 Cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks of cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
  • Approximately 6 apples cored and chopped. Use a combination of red and green apples.
  • Caramel sauce topping.

Combine Graham cracker crumbs, tablespoon sugar and melted butter. Press mixture into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Refrigerate to set while mixing cream cheese mixture.

Cream together the softened cream cheese, sour cream and powdered sugar. Then fold in Cool Whip.
Spread mixture over the Graham cracker crust.

Top with the apple pieces, drizzle with the caramel sauce topping.

[Ella can be contacted at or Ella – 50+ Lifestyles, P. O. Box 2125, Davenport, IA 52809]

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