Caramel is a delectable, mouthwatering candy by itself. Loved by all, old and young, as lollipops, individual candies, and even within baking recipes. Caramel can be used within desserts to give it a succulent, sweet and salty taste to please both your family and house guests as you pull out all the stops for upcoming Holiday gatherings.
From Bread Puddings to Cupcakes, Caramel can make for a great treat to either top or incorporate into your recipe. Here are two mouthwatering Caramel Recipes for the upcoming Holidays.
Farmhouse Apple Dumplings
These cute Apple Dumplings have a prep time of 15 minutes and will serve up to 4 people. A dessert served best with whipped topping and vanilla icing, it is a modernized twist on single-serve apple pie! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- ¼ cup of sugar
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 4 small Braeburn Apples, cored and peeled
- 2 tsp cold butter, cubed caramel sauce, warmed whip cream
Prepping your Farmhouse Apple Dumplings
Once you have stocked up on your ingredients, you can begin prepping your Farmhouse Apple Dumplings by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. Cut your pie crust into four equal sections and rolling them each into 8 inch squares. Next prep your Sugar and Cinnamon mix in a small bowl nearby. Spray your baking pan with the non-stick spray and set aside.
Crafting the Perfect Farmhouse Apple Dumplings
Now that you have everything ready, you can begin to craft the perfect Farmhouse Apple Dumplings. Begin by placing an apple with in the center of each Pie Crust piece, sprinkling with half of your sugar/cinnamon mix, and topping with a dot of butter. Once you have completed the filling in each, fold the pie crust edges inward over the apple and pinch its ends close. Next place each Dumpling with in your prepped baking pan. You can then sprinkle the remainder of your sugar/cinnamon mix on top of the Dumplings and place them in the oven to bake for no more than 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Once you have a nice baking tray of Golden Farmhouse Apple Dumplings, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool, either on counter top or by refrigerating to serve immediately after dinner. Once cooled place in your ideal dessert bowls, top generously with warm caramel sauce and whipped icing, and serve with a side of Vanilla Ice Cream!
Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting
Apples, Cinnamon, and Caramel come together to create charmingly enticing homemade cupcakes with an easy bake time. Taking 25 minutes to prep, this simple recipe makes 24 quant cupcakes for serving. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup brown sugar and another of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith Apples
- Salted Caramel Frosting and Flaked Sea Salt for Garnish
Prepping your Apple Cup Cakes and Salted Caramel Frosting
When you have finished gathering your baking goods, we can begin prepping your homemade Apple Cupcakes ad Salted Caramel Frosting. Be sure to start pre-heating your oven during the pepping, at least 350 Degrees, and adding Paper linings to your cupcake tray for easy removal and beautiful serving. Next, ensure that you have completely peeled and finely diced your Granny Smith Apples. This will make for an easier mix and quicker bake time.
Crafting the Cutest Home Made Cupcakes Topped with Caramel
Now, let’s make naturally charming Homemade Apple cupcakes and the Salted Caramel Topping! First, start by mixing flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Next and in a separate bowl, beat butter, eggs, packed brown sugar, granulated sugar, and sour cream until smooth and easy to whisk. Once both mixes are complete, fold them in together by adding the flour mix in halves. At which point, you can begin softening by adding the heavy cream in portions and follow by folding in the diced apples.
Once you have your cupcake mix, fill liners nearly half way, leaving room to rise; this will be no more than two rounded tablespoons apiece depending on the size of your cupcake tray. Bake them for 25-30 minutes; ensure they’re done by sticking in a toothpick in and pulling it out clean. If so, place them on top of a cooling tray and begin your Salty Caramel Frosting. Being quick and easy, you can heat 40 cubes of caramel and 6 tbsp. heavy cream over a low heat and whisk until smooth. Allow cooling momentarily; however, remember not to allow the caramel frosting to stiffen as this makes for hard frosting. Once both have cooled enough for frosting, spread a little over each cupcake and garnish with Sea Salt for an sharper taste to compliment the sweet caramel frosting.