This recipe is just in time for fall y’all! I would have to say that fall is one of our favorite times of the year. Fall marks the transition from summer to winter. We say goodbye to swimsuits (thank GOD) and hello to layers, which we love!
It is something about the cool breeze that starts to flow in, leaves changing their colors, the falling of leaves, fall festivals, pumpkins, college football, apple cider and of course caramel apples that make you feel all cozy inside.
This is a pleasant treat to make to stimulate your taste buds! With each bite you will find a delicious surprise of baked apples and cinnamon. Get in my belly GOOD!
1 cup heavy whipping cream (plus 3 tablespoons for caramel topping)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples
1 14 ounce package caramels
1 cup chopped walnuts
Stir together 1/3-cup firmly packed light brown sugar, 1½ tablespoon all purpose flour, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 1½ tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles course meal.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare cinnamon topping as directed. Beat whipping cream and next three ingredients at low speed with an electric mixture 30 seconds or until blended. In a separate bowl stir together flour and next three ingredients. Add to whipping cream mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. (Do not over mix.) Stir in diced apples. Spoon into a lightly greased 12-cup muffin pan, filling three-fourths full; sprinkle with cinnamon topping. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely. (About 30 minutes).
Microwave caramels and cream in a microwave safe bowl at high 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat muffins.
Quickly dip bottom three-fourths of muffin into caramel mixture; roll bottom half of caramel coated portion of muffin in chopped walnuts and place muffins caramel side up on lightly greased wax paper. (If caramel starts to harden you may microwave for a few seconds to soften). Insert craft stick into caramel covered portions of muffins. Enjoy!!!