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Stuffed Apple Pie Caramel Apples - Fresh Living

Have you ever had the perfect bite of fall?  Get ready for your life to be changed forever because there is nothing like these Stuffed Apple Pie Caramel Apples! 

I love love love caramel apples...but when you add a layer of white chocolate, cinnamon, sugar and then fill it with cookie butter... OH MY!  These are pretty easy to make and are great to slice and serve...especially since there isn't a core.  Allow yourself a couple of hours to let things set, the perfect activity for a family night before Halloween.   After numerous batches, I have learned a few tips that will ensure success.  

Ingredients



12 - 15 Medium Sized Organic Apples - I used Jongolds or Honeycrisps

Large Food Grade Sticks - I found mine in the cake section of Hobby Lobby


Homemade Caramel:

1 cup butter
2 cup brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon real vanilla 

Filling:

1 jar of Biscoff or your favorite cookie spread
1/2 teaspoon of Saigon cinnamon

White Chocolate Layer:

48 Ounces of Vanilla Almond Bark
1 Tablespoon of Shortening

Cinnamon-Sugar Dust:
1 cup of Raw Crystallized Sugar
3 Tbs. of Saigon Cinnamon
Random Items:

Piping Tool
Silpat lined cookie tray - or line a tray with vegetable spray covered wax paper
Double Boiler or two pans that fit together
Candy Thermometer
Apple Corer
Knife


The first thing to do is to get your apples ready.  Wash your apples.  Make sure you buy organic apples because they do not have wax on them.  The wax makes the caramel slide right off.  If you do not have access to organic apples, you can dip them in boiling water and wash them with a good dish soap to get the wax off.  Make sure you rinse them well.  Dry. Using your apple corer, remove the center core of the apple all the way through. 

 Now it's time to make the filling.  In your mixer add the jar of cookie butter (Biscoff) and cinnamon.  Whip together.  Using a spatula, scoop the filling into your favorite piping tool and squirt the the filing into the center holes.  Wipe off any extra that comes out.  




Take your sticks and turn the apples on their sides.  Poke the stick through the filling area and into the bottom part almost through...but not quite all the way.  Set on a cold lined tray. Refrigerate for  an hour or two to set the cookie butter.  

Time to make the caramel....


To make the caramel melt the butter in a medium pan over medium to high heat.  Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk.  Whisk together.  Cook the caramel mixture until it reaches 235 - 240 on a candy thermometer (softball stage).  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.  Let cool a few minutes.




Take the pan of apples out of the fridge and wipe any extra moisture or filling off of the apples.  This will help the caramel stick.  Dip the apples into the hot caramel and hold up to allow the caramel to drip up toward the stick.  Using a butter knife wipe off any extra from the bottom.  Set them on the cold lined pan and return to the fridge.  Let chill for one hour.

Once the apples have been chilled it's time to make the white chocolate coating.  To make the white chocolate covering melt the vanilla almond bark in a medium sized saucepan on low heat.  Add a tablespoon of shortening to thin the chocolate.  Whisk until smooth.  

Take a cold set caramel apple and dip into the white chocolate spinning it to coat the apple. Set on the cold lined tray and let rest for a few minuets.  Sprinkle with a dusting of the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Return to the fridge and let chill until everything is set.  Once you have covered your apples, pour some of the melted almond bark into a clean squeeze bottle and drizzle over the tops of the apples.  Let chill.

The best way to eat these apples is to slice right through the center.  Each slice will have the perfect bite of chocolate, caramel, cookie butter and of course fall's best bounty...a crisp tart-n-sweet apple.  If you want to be adventurous, you can fill the apples with peanut butter and dip in caramel and chocolate.  The possibilities are endless with these stuffed caramel apples....


Enjoy!

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