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Here's a recipe for a Halloween party favorite:

12small apples

1teaspoon powdered cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

1stick (1-inch) cinnamon

5whole cloves

3quarts cider

1teaspoon nutmeg

1small piece lemon rind

1teaspoon vanilla
Core apples and pare halfway down; fill centers with powdered cinnamon and sugar. Bake in a 350-degree oven for half an hour or until tender.

Meanwhile, tie cinnamon stick and cloves in a cheesecloth bag; let simmer in 2 cups cider with nutmeg and lemon rind for 15 minutes. Remove bag. Add vanilla and remaining cider; heat. Serve with apples afloat. (Apples should be eaten with a spoon.) Makes 12 servings.

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