3 September 2013

Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes for the Cooking Light Supper Club

Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes from Cooking Light
The kids are back in school. There is a crispness in the air and our minds have moved from golf and tennis to football (or if you live in Canada perhaps to hockey or lacrosse). There is a shift in the kitchen also with warming soups and stews simmering on the stovetop and apple and pumpkin recipes invading our senses. Sadly tailgating has not caught on in Canada but if you live in the States the NFL season is once again upon us and regardless of where your home team is, no game is complete without a little tailgating party. Who's to say you can't tailgate right in your own living room and enjoy a sporting event. 
From heavy beer to cheese-drenched nachos and giant brats, game day often revolves around a smorgasbord of fatty foods. That’s what football season is all about, isn’t it? Go ahead, have your fun, but tailgating doesn’t need to be a total dietary fumble.

Put down the bratwurst! These better-for-you dishes will not tack on any extra points to your waistline. So chill the beer, put on your game day jersey and take note of these football-friendly foods. Here at the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club we have dreamed up a menu on the healthier side. 

We always appreciate you joining us for this monthly event where a group of ladies and one gent in two neighbouring countries get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. In its fourth year this is a team effort where we continue to share a love for healthy eating and living. We look forward each month to strengthening our bonds, and enjoying each others company virtually. This months theme "Tailgating" was chosen by our very own Susan of The Spice Garden.

Let's see what we have brought to the party. 

Sarah of All Your Fingers in the Pie starts us off with a tried and true favourite appetizer...Fire Seared Antipasto Platter.  
Susan of The Spice Garden brings along the piece de resistance with a Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Coleslaw. 
Sandi of Whistlestop Cafe Cooking rounds out our celebration with Sweet Potato Chips. 
Before we head home after the game let's savour Cooking Lights Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes. Top tender apple cupcakes with a sweet and crunchy topping of brown sugar and almonds, then drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze and you have a portable cupcake topped with flavour. 
**Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes**

Cooking spray
6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons amaretto (almond-flavoured liqueur)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
3/4 cup finely chopped Gala apple
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, chilled
2 tablespoons sliced almonds


1 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place muffin cup liners in 12 muffin cups; coat with cooking spray.

Weigh or lightly spoon 6.75 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6.75 ounces flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, cream cheese, and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add amaretto, vanilla, and egg to sugar mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Combine sour cream and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended. Combine apple and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; toss well.

Add flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until blended. Fold in apple mixture. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

To prepare the streusel, combine 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in almonds. Sprinkle streusel evenly over cupcakes. Bake at 350° for 27 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and remove the cupcakes from pan.

To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over cupcakes.

If you don't want to use the amaretto, replace it with 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.

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  1. I like the idea of the cream cheese in them..and well..streusel..always grabs my attention :-)

  2. I don't know if I"m quite ready for apple season yet but when I am...these are happening! I love the amaretto touch!

  3. Like your drizzle on these. Great sweet for a tailgate.

  4. Divine looking and sounding! I love anything that tastes of amaretto....



  5. Oh nice Val. Such pretty cupcakes. If only I could reach in!

  6. I love the amaretto touch and of course the drizzle is just perfect.

  7. The signs are going up at our apple orchards telling us they are ripe for picking. This sounds delicious and I'm printing it out for my "apple" folder.


  8. Tailgating in the living room sounds like a splendid idea, Val! :-) Love the sounds of these little beauties. :-) I do so adore streusel. :-)

  9. These sound delicious, Val. I love the aromas of the fall kitchen and I'm looking forward to the fragrance of cinnamon and apples.Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Another winner!
    ~ and I will add that in Alabama . . . we know a little something about Tail-gating!

  11. I am so fighting the shift to fall foods!

  12. Oh wow, these look amazing, so excited that Fall is in the air!

  13. Love the streusel topping and the apples and the amaretto. I'll take two, please!

  14. You can really tell it's fall when you go to the market, the produce is changing. Anything "apple" means fall is around the corner. I am still in "end of summer" mood but love apple desserts, even more than chocolate desserts.

  15. OMG! One would never know that these are a 'healthy version' and would be perfect on the tailgate with the thermos of hot coffee! I, too, love the streusel topping! ... and as an aside,tailgating has become very popular at outdoor concerts, on the sidelines at high school sports events, even along parade routes where folks can park their cars and trucks out at the ends of their driveways... it's really just a stylized picnic! And such fun!

  16. for me, fall=apples (and football, of course), so this is a perfect post! :)

  17. This has all the right elements of a perfect tailgating (or picnic) treat!The best thing is that it is low-calorie.

  18. They look and sound delicious..everything I like is in these cup cakes


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