Announcing the 2023 Cosmic Crisp® Culinary Challenge Winners!



Your challenge: create an original recipe with Cosmic Crisp® apples that bring sparkle to the table.

Cosmic Crisp® Apple Pie
Cosmic Crisp® Apple Snack

The 2023 Cosmic Crisp® Culinary Challenge Winners

We are thrilled to name the following recipes as the grand prize winners in the Baking, Snacking and Entertaining categories.

Honorable Mentions

Congratulations to our winners and stay tuned to our social media channels for more entries that will Inspire the Possibiliites™ of what you can create with Cosmic Crisp® in your own kitchen. 

Meet Our Judges!

Lead Judge

Dan Koomoo is a 2023 James Beard Best Chef of the Pacific Northwest nominee. As a co-owner and head chef of Crafted Yakima, Dan has showcased Cosmic Crisp® apples on his farm-to-table menu since the 2019 launch. We’re honored to have Dan as our Lead Judge of this year’s Culinary Challenge.

Dan Koomoo
of Crafted Yakima

Category Judges

We’ve partnered with these incredibly creative and influential chefs to assist our Lead Judge and inspire Cosmic Crisp® apple fans to share their culinary talents.

Esra Mese

Esra Mese
Charmer Kitchen


Hayden Haas


Katie Richards

Kate Richards
Drinking with Chickens

Cocktail Queen

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🍎 🎄 Deck the halls with these Granola & Cosmic Crisp® Apple Wreaths with Cinnamon Almond Butter! 

Adorned with red, jewel-like cherries, green pepitas & pistachios, these edible wreaths are a festive, fresh snack for the family to enjoy during the holidays.

Comment “WREATHS” and we’ll DM you the link to the recipe 🍎

#cosmiccrisp #freshapples #edibledecor #edibledecorations #holidayrecipes
Restock Alert 🚨 Our biggest harvest of Cosmic Crisp® apples to date just arrived in grocery stores nationwide 😍🍎

🛒 Use the store locator (linked in our bio!) to find them at a store near you!

📸: @brownfieldorchard

#cosmiccrisp #freshapples #apples #groceryhaul #produce101
Fruit punch, but make it fall! 🍁 

@juicyjucingj’s juice features the perfectly balanced flavor of Cosmic Crisp® apples in everyone’s favorite beverage 😍🍎

For this juice, you’ll need…
🍎 4 Cosmic Crisp® Apples (3 Cups of Cold-Pressed Apple Juice)
🍂 2 Red Pears (1 Cup of Pear Juice)
🧡 1” of Ginger (Pressed)
🎃 Pumpkin spice (optional)

📸: @juicyjuicingj

#cosmiccrisp #fallharvest #fruitpunch #freshfruit #coldpressed #fallrecipes #pumpkinspice #apples #freshapples #coldpressedjuice
Nothing like Thanksgiving leftovers to get you through the week 🦃 🍎

@cookinginmygenes’ Cosmic Crisp® Apple Cheddar Turkey Toast combines turkey leftovers with fresh Cosmic Crisp® apples for a quick & delicious lunch 🥪

📌 Here’s what you need:
1 Slice of Sourdough Bread
1 Tbsp Mustard of Choice
4 Slices of Turkey
Handful of Arugula or Spinach
6-8 Slices of Cosmic Crisp® Apples
3-4 Slices of Old Cheddar Cheese

1. Preheat the oven to broil. Spread butter on sourdough bread & broil for 2-3 minutes until edges are turning golden. Remove from the oven.
2. Spread on the mustard. Layer the turkey, greens of choice, apple slices & cheddar. Broil once more for 3-4 minutes until cheese is bubbling. 
3. Remove from oven, add a sprinkle of pepper if desired & enjoy!

📸: @cookinginmygenes

#cosmiccrisp #turkeyseason #turkeysandwich #toasttuesdqy #cheddarcheese #freshapples #sourdoughbread #toast #appleseason
Stuffing is the true MVP of Thanksgiving dinner! 🍂🍎 

The perfectly balanced flavor of Cosmic Crisp® apples round out the tartness with a hint of sweetness in this Cranberry Cosmic Crisp® Apple Sourdough Stuffing.

📌 Here’s what you’ll need:
¼ Cup Salted Butter
1 Cosmic Crisp® Apple, Diced
1 Cup Diced Sweet Onion
½ Cup Diced Celery
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme, Finely Chopped
1 Tbsp Fresh Sage, Finely Chopped
1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, Finely Chopped
Generous Pinch of Salt & Pepper, To Taste
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries 
1 Lb. Dried Sourdough Bread Cubes
2 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
1 Egg

1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
2. Heat a medium pot over medium heat & add the butter. Once the butter melts, add the apple, onion & celery. Sauté for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
3. Add the garlic & herbs. Sauté another 1-2 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper, to taste. Remove from the heat, & let cool slightly. Add to a large bowl along with the bread cubes & cranberries.
4. Whisk the egg & stir with the broth. Drizzle the broth over the bread cubes & gently toss to coat the bread. Combine all ingredients. Add another ½ cup or so of broth if needed to wet the bread just enough to ensure none of the cubes are dry to the touch.
5. Transfer the bread mixture to a large baking dish. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the bread is fluffy and the edges are golden brown & crisp as desired.

#cosmiccrisp #thanksgivingdinner #thanksgivingtable #sourdoughbread #sourdoughrecipe #cranberry #cranberries #stuffing #thanksgivingsides
Between the "apple" and the "celebration," this Cosmic Crisp® Apple Celebration Slaw with #CosmicCrisp Apple Cider Vinaigrette is an essential side for #Thanksgiving dinner 🍎🥗

Thanks to Eve H. & Louis S. for their Honorable Mention-earning recipe from our Cosmic Crisp® Culinary Challenge 🙌 🏆

📌 Get the recipe:!
Score big when you serve Lynn A.'s Cosmic Pretzel Bite Sliders on game day - or as a Thanksgiving app 🍎🥨

Did you know they earned her an Honorable Mention in the Cosmic Crisp® Culinary Challenge? 👏 They're made with sausage, Cosmic Crisp® apples & gouda, but honey mustard gives this appetizer the perfect finish 🤤

📌 Save for later, and click the link in bio for the recipe.

📸: @savorytart 

#cosmiccrisp #pretzelbun #gamedaysnacks #honeymustard #appetizerideas
🍂 Name a more *fall* combo than #Pumpkin & Cosmic Crisp® Apple Butter... We’ll wait! 

Apple butter gets an upgrade thanks to the perfectly balanced flavor of Cosmic Crisp® apples and earthy pumpkin in this sweet, spreadable #snack that also doubles as a quick breakfast.

Comment “APPLE BUTTER”, and we’ll DM you the link to the recipe 🎃🍎

#cosmiccrisp #applebutter #apples #toasttuesday #pumpkineverything #pumpkinseason #healthysnackideas
IN: Apple Spice 🍎
OUT: Pumpkin Spice 🎃

Apple spice is the new pumpkin spice. Don’t believe us? This Creamy Protein Apple Spice Ice Cream is the proof 🍨 You’ll thank us later 😉

📌 Save for the recipe - RECIPE BELOW

🍎 1 ½ Cups Almond Milk 
🍎 ½ Cup Coconut Cream
🍎 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
🍎 1 Cosmic Crisp® Apple, Diced
🍎 1 Tsp apple Pie Spice
🍎 Pinch of Salt

1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the @ninjakitchen Creami container and freeze overnight.
2. When ready to make, place the container into the Ninja Creami and hit “Ice Cream”. Once it spins, check the texture. If crumbly, spin again.
3. Serve immediately with apple slices and a dusting of cinnamon!

#cosmiccrisp #desserttime #applespice #ninjakitchen #apples #freshapples #homemadeicecream #fallrecipes #easydessert
“Crunchy, sweet, and a little tang” - @jonathanliftz, you nailed it! We’re proud to be your favorite apple ❤️

Looking for Cosmic Crisp® apples? Use our store locator (linked in our bio!) to find them near you 🍎 🛒

📸: @jonathanliftz & @paidduesnow

#cosmiccrisp #costcohaul #groceryhaul #apples #freshapples #healthyeatinghabits #healthysnacking #groceryshopping
Nothing cozier than an apple muffin on a crisp autumn morning 🍎🍂

Full of warm cinnamon and juicy Cosmic Crisp® apple bits, @cookinginmygenes’ Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal muffins are packed with protein, making them a great snack or breakfast to have on hand🧑‍🍳😋
📌 Save for the recipe - RECIPE BELOW

1 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Eggs
3/4 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cosmic Crisp® Apple, Diced
Extra Oats, For Garnish

🍎 Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a muffin pan with muffin liners.
🍎 Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt) in one bowl, and set aside.
🍎 In a larger bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (maple syrup, olive oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract).
🍎 Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir until combined. The batter will be thick, and that’s ok!
🍎 Then, stir in the diced apple until combined.
🍎 Divide the muffin batter evenly between the muffin tins and top each muffin with a sprinkle of oats.
🍎 Bake for 18-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the muffin clean.

📸: @cookinginmygenes

#cosmiccrisp #bakingfromscratch #cinnamonlover #applemuffins #muffintime #bakebakebake #cinnamonapple #apples #muffins
Cosmic Crisp® Apple Harvest? 🍎 🌳 Complete ✅ 

Thank you to all of our Washington state growers for helping grocery stores across North America replenish their Cosmic Crisp® reserves 😍

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you? 🍎 (We’re a 10 🤩)

#cosmiccrisp #washingtonapples #apples #freshapples #applepicking #appleorchards #farmlife #farminglife #freshproduce #produce101 #freshfruit #agricultureworldwide #farmtotable
🍂🥤 Sip fall’s best flavors with this creamy treat: 

A Cosmic Crisp® Apple Pie Milkshake with @bobsredmill Vanilla Shake Granola! 🍎🥧

🍎 Get the recipe via the link in our bio, and make sure to enter our Sweeter Together Giveaway for a chance to win one of three fall baking prize packs 🍎

#cosmiccrisp #bobsredmill #granolarecipe #apples #sweettreat #milkshake #vanillamilkshake #applepie #appleseason #desserttime

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