In college, I worked for a candy store that sold many different types of caramel apples. There were apple pie apples (my favorite), apples with toffee and classic caramel varieties. Even though I don’t work there any longer, I still love caramel apples. In fact, I like anything having to do with caramel and apples. Here are some easy caramel apple dessert recipes inspired by my time at the candy store.
Easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes
This cupcake has juicy pieces of real apple, natural caramel flavor and a rich caramel frosting. First, I took a regular yellow cake box mix. I followed the directions on the box. However, I replaced four tablespoons of liquid with caramel flavored syrup (the type you might use in coffee). I mixed everything together. Then, I diced one gala apple and folded it into the mix. I poured it into a lined cupcake holder and popped it into the oven. As the cupcakes were cooking, I made my caramel frosting. Using a mixer, I combined three cups of confectioners sugar, one cup of softened butter, one tablespoon of caramel syrup and one tablespoon of milk (or almond milk). After I removed the cupcakes and let them cool, I used a knife to frost the cupcakes. Finally, I took a thick store-bought caramel sauce (look for one with cream) and put a little on the top. I swirled the frosting and caramel together for a decadent topping.
Baked Caramel Apples with Granola
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Using a knife, cut off the top of the apples. Then, use a melon ball scooper to core the apple. However, do not go all the way through. Next, put a small cube (about a cm) of butter and one tablespoon of cinnamon sugar into the center of the apple. Next, put a little granola into the apple and top with caramel. Top with more granola. Bake the apples in a casserole dish for about 25 minutes or until the apples are tender. Drizzle with more caramel and serve warm.
Caramel Apple Nachos
This sweet and crunchy dessert is a family favorite. Take whole wheat tortillas and cut into triangular pieces with a knife or pizza cutter. Top the entire tortilla with melted butter. Then, combine granulated sugar with cinnamon in a 3:1 ratio. You can adjust the ratio to your liking. Generously sprinkle the tortilla with the sugar mixture. Then, for each tortilla, dice an apple and toss it in the leftover cinnamon sugar mixture. Put the diced apple on the tortilla and pop it into a 350 degree preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Drizzle your apple nachos with a generous dose of caramel and serve warm.
These easy caramel apple desserts are perfect for chilly weather.
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