Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

APLETS, A Copycat Recipe

Washington is known for its apples, and the Columbia valley from Canada to Oregon is pink and white with apple blossoms in early May.  Our neighboring city, Wenatchee, is known as the Apple Capitol of the World, and right next door is Cashmere, home to Liberty Orchards, the makers of Aplets and Cotlets.  Of course, these delicious candies cannot be duplicated exactly, but here is the best copycat recipe of all we tried.         


1 c. grated golden Delicious apples           

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. light brown sugar                               

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

2 Tbsp. gelatin                                         

4 Tbsp. water   

1 Tbsp. lemon juice                                   

1 tsp. grated lemon rind

1/2 tsp. rose extract (or 1 tsp. vanilla)         

1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts                                         

In saucepan over medium heat combine apples, cornstarch and sugar.  Bring to boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Turn down heat and simmer 30 minutes stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.  Add gelatin which has been softened in water and lemon juice and stir until thoroughly mixed.  Add flavoring, lemon peel, and walnuts.  Pour into 8x8” buttered pan, and cool overnight.  Cut into squares and roll in mixture of 2/3 c. confectioners’ sugar and 1 Tbsp. cornstarch.  Or, put sugar and cornstarch into small paper bag, shake to mix.  Place 5 or 6 pieces of candy in bag and shake to coat thoroughly.  Repeat with rest of squares.  Allow to air-dry 24 hours before storing in refrigerator or freezer.


Follow Aplets recipe, but substitute diced dried apricots which have been soaked, drained and chopped fine. 



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735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826

(509) 548-4573

Open 7 Days a Week
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Nutcracker Museum Mission Statement:

"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut"

Museum Admission:

Adults  - $5.00  (Ages 17 - 64yrs)
Seniors - $3.50  (Age 65yrs +)
Youth   - $2.00  (Ages 6 - 16yrs)
Child    - FREE   (Ages 0 - 5yrs)
Active Military - FREE (Spouse & Children Free with ID)