Apple cranberry sweet tamales

8 servings
15 min
60 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 8

For tamale dough:

1 cup of Maseca for tamales

1 cup warm apple juice concentrate

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter, slightly softened

1/3 cup softened cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon ground Wise Woman of The East Spice Blend (pumpkin pie spice will work)

1 teaspoon hazelnut oil (or 1/2 teaspoon brandy extract)

1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (optional)


1 Granny smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced

1/2 cup prepared whole berry cranberry sauce

1 teaspoons Wise Woman of The East Spice Blend

1 teaspoons honey


  • For tamale dough:
    Combine Maseca, baking powder, salt, zest and spice in a bowl. Add apple juice concentrate and flavor to the dry ingredients. Add pieces of the butter and whip well. Continue adding butter until it is all combined and smooth. Add the cream cheese as well and whip until creamy smooth.
  • Filling:
    Combine all ingredients and simmer in a small sauce pan 3-5 minutes until apple is tender (or microwave 3 minutes).
  • You will need 8 pieces of parchment paper (8 inch squares) or 8 corn husks for tamales that have been soaked for 30 minutes. Parchment doesn't need to be soaked. Place a scoop of sweet masa dough in the middle of the parchment and spread out into a 2 inch circle. In the middle place 2 teaspoons of apple filling.
  • Cover the filling with dough. Roll up the filling tightly in the parchment and fold the paper under. Place in a steamer insert, cover with a clean damp kitchen towel and then cover with a tight lid. Steam 1 hour.
  • Serve warm drizzled with honey.


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