3 Easy, Cozy Winter Recipes

3 apple flower tarts on a black background with half an apple and sprinkled with powdered sugar

While the temperatures are still freezing outside, finding indoor activities for you and your family can be challenging. Cooking afternoon treats in our Glenwood kitchen has been a fun way to keep my family engaged together in something everyone can enjoy. We have listed 3 easy, delicious recipes for you to try out! Keep reading to find out more. 

Caramel Rose Apple Pie

Even though fall has passed us, I carry the love for apple-based desserts into the winter months! This recipe comes from Tasty.co and it is great!


for 6 servings

  • 4 apples
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 prepared pie dough
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  1. Peel the apples and place them in a large bowl with enough water to cover. Squeeze lemon juice in the water to prevent the apples from browning. Working with 1 apple at a time, cut around the core, discarding the core and removing the “cheeks.” Slice the cheeks very thin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Add the sliced apples, stir to coat, and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Line a pie dough in a 9-inch (23-cm) cast-iron pan, and prick the dough with a fork all around. Chill in the fridge until very firm, 20-30 minutes.
  4. Working in batches, remove the apples from the cinnamon-sugar mixture by taking a handful at a time and carefully squeezing them with your hands to remove the excess moisture. Place the drained apples in a separate large bowl, reserving the liquid to make the caramel sauce.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375˚F (190˚C).
  6. Working from the outside in, line the apple slices on the pie dough by overlapping each slice to create a rose shape. Roll up 1 apple slice tightly and place it in the center, creating a bud shape. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes more, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  7. In a saucepan, bring the reserved cinnamon-sugar liquid to a boil. Once the liquid is reduced by half, 10-15 minutes, add the heavy cream and stir well.
  8. To serve, pour the caramel sauce over the apple pie.

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5 Minute Mug Cinnamon Rolls

This first recipe is insanely quick, easy and tasty. It can take under 10 minutes. I discovered it on Tik Tok by @tastemade, and it really is simple and good! And, I like to tell myself not that bad for you either!  


½ a banana 

6 tbs flour

1 tsp baking powder

1-4 tbs almond milk

Coconut Oil



  1. In a bowl, mash ½ a banana 
  2. Add in 6 tbs of flour (I use almond flour)
  3. Roll this out on your baking surface (cover that surface with extra flour first)
  4. Brush it with milted coconut oil
  5. Drizzle completely with a generous layer of cinnamon
  6. Roll it up, cut it into 3 equal sections
  7. Microwave for 90 seconds and you’re done! 

Sliced olive oil cake on a wood board with a container of olive oil

Olive Oil Cake With Spiced Sugar

I love an olive oil cake! And, the recipes usually differ slightly, so when I come across a new one, I can’t wait to try it! This recipe comes from epicurious.com.


1 cup mild extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan

1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. (100 g plus 10 g) granulated sugar, plus more for pan

2 sweet apples, such as Golden Delicious or Gala

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1 1/2 cups (185 g) all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 large eggs

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup (100 g) (packed) brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. kosher salt


Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour about 1 Tbsp. oil into a 9×5″ loaf pan and coat bottom and sides with fingertips. Sprinkle granulated sugar onto sides and bottom of pan to lightly coat.

  1. Grate apples, peel and all, on the large holes of a box grater. Gather apples in a clean kitchen towel and wring out excess liquid. Be aggressive! You want them as dry as possible when they go into the batter.
  2. Whisk cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, and ginger in a medium bowl. Transfer 1/4 tsp. spice mixture to a small bowl; set aside. Add flour and baking powder to remaining spice mixture and whisk to combine.
  3. Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl. Continue whisking vigorously until lightened in color and thickened. Whisking with one hand and pouring with the other, slowly stream 1 cup oil into egg mixture until combined. Gently fold flour mixture into whipped eggs with a flexible rubber spatula just until combined, taking care not to overmix.
  4. Fluff up grated apples and scatter over batter. Gently fold to incorporate.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top. Add 2 tsp. granulated sugar to reserved spice mixture and mix to combine. Sprinkle spiced sugar evenly over top of batter.
  6. Bake cake until deep golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 60–70 minutes. Let cake cool in pan. Run a butter knife or offset spatula along edge of cake to loosen and invert onto a platter.
  7. Do Ahead: Cake can be made 3 days ahead (the flavor gets slightly more intense each day). Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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