In about a week, Halloween will be upon us! We all know how much fun it is to give out candy and other good treats at Halloween. Children never tire of getting a treasure of different flavors of candies, cookies and even some non-edible treats, such as stickers, pencils and small toys. And the reward is knowing you’re creating memories that will last a lifetime.
While it’s very easy to pick up candy at a local store and give for trick-or-treat, if you really want to make something impressive to give as a treat or even to have as part of a party or fall festival you may be a part of, how about this homemade treat: “Nutty Cinnamon Caramel Apples.” This is the popular caramel apple taken a step further with the flavor of caramel, along with peanut butter, cinnamon and chopped peanuts.
This recipe calls for small apples, which will be just the size for children. The recipe is an interesting one because you prepare a toffee-like coating to go on the apples after they are dipped in the caramel. They are not only delicious, but pretty to look at. When they have had a chance to set up, they can be wrapped in plastic or cellophane and tied with a orange or black ribbon.
The recipe calls for the use of cinnamon sticks to use as a “holder” for the apple. If desired, the traditional popsicle stick can be used. These are also known as “craft sticks” and can be found in the handicraft section of many large stores. Yet, the cinnamon stick is a different and fragrant “holder” for the apple!
The recipe also uses the microwave to melt the caramels, which helps make this recipe go together faster. It’s a fun recipe to make with children and if they are new to cooking, this may be just the recipe to start them off on wanting to learn more about food and cooking.
While it’s fall, you may want to take advantage of some of the available sweet potatoes and apples to do some fall cooking. I ran a story last year about fall baking and here’s that link:
So, round up some apples and the children and have fun with these peanutty treats!
NUTTY CINNAMON CARAMEL APPLES
8 small apples
8 cinnamon sticks or 8 popsicle sticks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped peanuts
1/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 (14 oz.) pkg. caramels
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup peanut butter baking morsels
Wash and dry the apples. Using a pair of kitchen shears, make a hole in the stem end so the cinnamon stick or popsicle stick can be inserted easily. Set aside. Combine the 3 tablespoons sugar and the 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and set aside. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the peanuts, brown sugar and the second teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper and let cool. Break this mixture into small pieces and place in a pie plate or other shallow container. In a large microwave-safe bowl, place the caramels and water. Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until the caramels melt. Stir in the peanut butter and morsels, stirring until completely smooth. Dip the apples into caramel mixture, covering completely, using a spoon to help cover. Sprinkle the stem end with the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Roll bottom half in the peanut candy mixture. Place apples on greased baking sheet and chill. Decorate with ribbon or wrap in plastic or cellaphane and decorate with a ribbon. Yield: 8 apples.