1. On a cutting board or sturdy surface, use a knife to cut off the top of the apple. Then take a paring knife and carefully outline where you’d like the rim of your apple cup to be. (Ali’s rims were about ¼-in. wide.)
  2. Use a spoon or melon baller to carefully begin scooping out the center of your apple until you have a nice cup shape. If your apple doesn’t sit level, use the paring knife to slice a little off the bottom making it even. Be careful not to let your knife cut through the bottom or sides of the apple when hollowing it out, or the cider will leak out.
  3. Once you have hollowed out the inside of the apple, brush a little lemon juice over the inside to prevent browning. Fill with your favorite apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice or star anise.

Crafter’s Note: You can warm the apple cups in the oven before serving, but don’t leave them in too long, or they will lose their firmness.

Apple Craft c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Ali Ebright of Gimme Some Oven.

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Apple Craft photography by Ali Ebright.