The season where everyone starts to wear their cute coats and boots. Meeting up with friends on a crisp morning for a pumpkin spice latte. Feeling that cheer to start making and baking delicious things to eat. Well at least I certainly feel that way!!
I wanted to share this recipe on some caramel apples. Who doesn't LOVE caramel apples?! Hope you find it easy and delicious as I DID.
What you will need is:
Parchment or wax paper Lollipop sticks (or popsicle sticks)
12 tart, green apples, I used Granny Smith’s
Peter’s Caramel (about a 1/3 to 1/2 of a block- see bottom post) or 2 (11 oz.) bag Kraft Caramel Bits (or caramels)
Vanilla Candy Melts
Cinnamon-sugar, for sprinkling. Mix together cinnamon with some sugar to your liking. Make sure you don’t go too heavy on the cinnamon though. It really shows up brown on the white chocolate.
Pie crust crumbs or finely grated graham crackers
Working with cold apples is best as the caramel will stick and not slide off the apples. Wash and dry your apples really well. Make sure that there is no remaining water on them. Remove stems OR leave them your preference, then insert lollipop or popsicle sticks. Place apples on parchment or wax paper. In a deep microwave safe bowl, cut some caramel off of your block and place in your bowl. Microwave until your caramel is melted. Every microwave has different cooking temperatures so just watch closely while melting. I use Peter’s Caramel because it so easy and it can be found in kitchen stores or bought on Amazon.com. Plus you don’t have to unwrap a bajillion wrappers!
Here is what it looks like:
When your caramel is ready, dip your apple into the caramel and then turn to coat.
Here is a great tip! When the dripping has stopped, take a knife and scrape the caramel from off the bottom of the apple. This will cut down on the “pooling” of caramel at the bottom when you set your apple down.
If you need more caramel, then just melt some more. It’s hard to determine exactly how much stays on each apple and how much you will need. Let your apples cool in the fridge. In separate deep microwave safe bowl, melt two cups of your Vanilla Candy Melts.
Dip your caramel coated apples into the melted vanilla melts making sure you don’t dip all the way to the top of where the caramel is. It looks nice to see a little apple, then caramel and then the white candy melts. Let as much as possible drip back into your bowl and then with a clean knife, scrap the excess chocolate off the bottom of the apple and set back on your parchment paper. And just like the caramel, if you need to melt some more vanilla melts, then just melt some more to cover all of your apples. While the vanilla coating is still wet, sprinkle some of your cinnamon sugar and crust crumbs mixture all over the vanilla coating. Let the apples cool and then dig in! It is also nice to take a knife and slice them up for easier eating. And I promise, these really do taste like an Apple Pie! It might just become YOUR new favorite treat. ENJOY & HAPPY FALL!!