Baked Apples with Peanut Butter Crumble

Serves 6-8

4 c. peeled and thinly sliced apples
1 c. sugar, divided
1 c. flour, divided
3 T. butter or margarine, divided
1 c. quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c. peanut butter cream or crunchy
sweetened whipped cream or ice cream (optional)

Heat oven top 350 degrees. Grease 9 inch square baking pan. Stir together apples, ¾ c. sugar and ¼ c. flour in large bowl. Spread in prepared pan. Dot with 2 T. butter. Combine oats. remaining ¾ c. flour, remaining ¼ c. sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl; set aside. Place remaining 1 T. butter and peanut butter in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high (100%) 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir until smooth; add to oat mixture – blend until crumbs are formed. Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples. Bake 40-45 mins. or until apples are tender and edges are bubbly. Cool slightly. Serve warm or cool with whipped cream.

Sharon McDonald