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Cinnamon-Apple Panini

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen


Serves 4 (serving size: 2 triangles)

With a touch of sweet spice, cream cheese richness, and tart apple crunch, these melty-sweet sandwich triangles are sure to earn grade-A ratings. Serve as an after-school snack for the kids, or treat yourself to a quick-fix dessert.


  • 2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices 100% whole-wheat cinnamon-raisin bread
  • 12 thin slices Granny Smith apple
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2 individually wrapped caramels

Nutrition Information

  • calories 150
  • fat 4.3 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 4.5 g
  • carbohydrate 23 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 11 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 170 mg
  • calcium 46 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients, stirring until smooth. Spread about 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture over 1 side of each bread slice. Top each of 2 bread slices with 6 apple slices and remaining 2 bread slices, cream cheese side down. Lightly coat sandwiches with cooking spray.

  2. Heat a grill pan over medium heat; add sandwiches to pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side. Cut each into 4 triangles.

  3. Combine water and unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds or until caramels melt, stirring after 15 seconds. Drizzle sandwiches with caramel.