National Caramel Apple Day is Oct. 31, but caramel apples can be celebrated all autumn long. Sometimes a traditional caramel apple on a stick is perfect for its portability, but other times a caramel apple-inspired dessert, snack, or even cocktail might be in order. Here are 25 recipes to help celebrate caramel apples throughout the season.
If you could take a whole apple pie and pack it into a caramel apple on a stick, you'd get this culinary creation. After dipping the apples in caramel, they get dipped into white chocolate, then coated with cinnamon sugar-flecked pie crust crumbs. This is one portable apple pie.
Recipe: Five Heart Home
If you think Jell-O shots are only for college students, think again. This grown-up version includes a caramel, Fireball whisky, and butterscotch schnapps jelly that's poured into hollowed-out apples, then sliced into wedges. Fresh fruit and caramel probably never made it into shots during college.
The name of this bread refers to the method of forming it: Once the dough has risen once and the sliced apples and caramel are incorporated, chop it all up into pieces before putting it in the loaf pan. It gets topped with even more caramel once cool. Use leftovers for french toast the next morning.
Recipe: Seasons & Suppers
Another option for those who aren't fans of making pie crust: apple pie bars. The crust of these bars is made from shortbread dough that's pressed into the bottom of the pan. It's topped with fresh apple filling, oatmeal streusel, and salted caramel sauce.
Recipe: Sally's Baking Addiction
Upside-down cake is usually reserved for ripe summer pineapple, but this apple version is ideal for fall. Spiced brown sugar and thinly sliced apples go into the bottom of the pan, forming a crown of gooey caramel on top when the cake is turned out.
Recipe: Pinch of Yum