Tart green apples coated in chewy caramel, dipped in white chocolate, and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar are an uncanny copycat of Disney’s Apple Pie Caramel Apples…and they truly taste like apple pie!
Happy (almost) fall, y’all! What say we celebrate with some mouthwatering Apple Pie Caramel Apples?
Many of you know that I’m a monthly recipe contributor over at Lil’ Luna, and this past summer, Kristyn asked me to share a recipe for these Apple Pie Caramel Apples during her Disney-themed week. I was happy to oblige then…and I’m excited to bring them to you all today!
There are lots of yummy treats famously associated with Disneyland and Disney World, and specialty caramel apples happen to be one of them. This apple pie version is perhaps one of the most popular flavors. The thing is…they totally taste like apple pie! I wouldn’t have thought that this combo of caramel/white chocolate/cinnamon sugar/pie crust crumbs could result in such an uncanny apple pie flavor, but it definitely does. It’s one of those won’t-believe-it-til-you-try-it phenomenons. And as a bonus, not only are these apples super easy to make at home, but you can also whip them up for a fraction of the price of the Disney originals!
Apple Pie Caramel Apples start out with tart Granny Smith apples dipped in caramel. Once the caramel has set up, the apples are dipped in white chocolate, which is then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Finally, the base of each apple is dipped into pie crust crumbs. I leave it up to you whether you use a regular baked pie crust or graham cracker crumbs. If you’ve got a plain pie crust on hand, go for it…but graham cracker crumbs are equally tasty and probably more readily available to most people. So feel free to use whichever is most convenient!
Be sure to scrub your apples and dry them well, because the caramel won’t readily stick to the waxy coating found on most apples. As for the caramel, you can certainly make homemade caramel if you already have a favorite recipe. Otherwise, just melt a bunch of soft caramel squares or use a bag of caramel bits for the most effortless route…no unwrapping involved!
After your apples are dipped, you’ll want to allow them to set up in the refrigerator for an hour or two. Next comes a coating of melted white chocolate, which should be immediately sprinkled with cinnamon sugar while the chocolate is still wet. And finally, dip the base of each apple into the pie crust or graham cracker crumbs.
The result is a caramel apple that truly tastes like apple pie! I’m not kidding here, folks…yummy doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Just in case you’re a Mickey Mouse fan, feel free to dip a couple of jumbo marshmallows in white chocolate and use toothpicks to affix them to the top of the apple as mouse ears. Who needs Disneyland when you can create such an impressive copycat in your very own kitchen?!
So have you had a Disney Apple Pie Caramel Apple before? Or are you excited to try ’em now? Either way, I think you’ll enjoy making your own at home, easily and economically, any ol’ time you please. It’s like apple pie…in the form of a caramel apple…on a stick. In other words? The perfect way to kick off fall! 😉
Adapted from Favorite Family Recipes
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