These caramel apples are the easy way to make your favorite fall treat.
I love caramel apples. Actually, scratch that — I love it taste of caramel apples. But honestly, they are a bit difficult to make and very inconvenient to eat!
So I came up with this recipe for caramel apples. You get all the delicious flavors without any of the downsides.
These caramel apples are easy to make and are the perfect treat to feed a crowd. Top them with any of your favorite toppings, or keep it classic with just caramel and apples. It is up to you!
To make caramel apples, start by spraying a pan with nonstick spray or line the pan with a silicone liner or parchment paper. Cut thin slices of green apple, then dry the slices thoroughly with paper towels. Place all the slices evenly on the plate.
Make your favorite caramel from scratch or melt down the prepackaged Kraft caramels with a little cream. Of course, the caramel from scratch is amazing, but if that’s intimidating to you or you want to save time, the caramel squares taste great too.
While the caramel is still liquid but not scalding hot, pour it evenly over the apple slices. Allow to cool slightly, then add toppings. You want to find the sweet spot where the caramel is still wet enough for the toppings to stick, but not so hot that it melts them.
Caramel Apple Topping Ideas
- Mini M&M’s
- chopped nuts
- Chocolate pieces
- Melted chocolate
- White chocolate + cinnamon sugar (tastes like apple pie!)
- Crushed pretzel pieces
- Mini Marshmallows
- Chopped Candy Bar Pieces
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Crushed Oreos
- Graham Cracker Crumbs
Cool completely, then serve. This dessert is best served as soon as the caramel has cooled. I used a sharp metal spatula to cut between apples. You can also eat it family style and just take individual apple slices straight from the pan.
Cover and store leftovers in the fridge, but be warned that the apples may release their juice in the fridge, which will add liquid to the caramel. It still tastes amazing, it just gets a little runny and isn’t as pretty to serve to guests. This recipe is definitely best eaten the same day it is made. Or you may want to adjust the amount you make so you don’t have leftovers… split the recipe in half and use a smaller pan.
Many viewers on social media were worried about cleaning the pan afterwards, but it wasn’t difficult at all. I soaked it in hot water and it dissolved the caramel easily.
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Sheet Pan Caramel Apples
Get all the flavors of caramel apples without any fuss. These caramel apples are a brilliant twist on the classic autumn treat.
- 33 ounces Kraft Caramel Squares unpackaged (3 bags)
- 1/3 Cup Whipped cream
- 5-6 Granny Smith apples
- various toppings optional
Instructions for use
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
Cut apples into slices and dry them thoroughly with paper towels. Arrange evenly on baking paper.
Unwrap caramel squares and place in a bowl with heavy cream. Melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth.
Pour hot caramel over apple slices and spread it carefully until everything is evenly coated.
Allow the caramel to cool slightly, and top with your favorite toppings.
Serve when the caramel is cool and firm.
Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator.
This dessert is best served the day it is made. Sometimes apples can cry when put in the fridge. To avoid excess moisture, use fresh apples and dry the slices thoroughly before placing them on parchment paper.
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