Easy Bourbon Caramel Apples with Pecans Recipe

Ingredients

  • Apples: 4-6 medium-sized, firm apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Braeburn are excellent choices)
  • Caramel: 1 (14 ounce) bag of soft caramel candies
  • Bourbon: 2-3 tablespoons (adjust based on your bourbon preference)
  • Pecans: 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Other: Popsicle sticks or wooden skewers

Equipment

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • Shallow container or bowl

Instructions

1. Prepare the apples

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Remove any waxy coating with hot water or a scrub.
  • Insert popsicle sticks or skewers securely into the stem end of each apple.

2. Make the caramel sauce

  • Unwrap the caramel candies and place them in the microwave-safe bowl along with the bourbon.
  • Microwave for 1 minute, then stir well. Continue microwaving in 30-second increments, stirring after each round, until the caramel is completely melted and smooth.

3. Coat the apples

  • Working with one apple at a time, dip it into the warm caramel sauce, rotating to evenly coat the apple. Allow excess caramel to drip back into the bowl.
  • Gently roll the base of the caramel-coated apple into the chopped pecans.
  • Place the coated apple on the baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.

4. Set the caramel

  • Repeat the dipping and coating process for all the apples.
  • Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or until the caramel is firm.
  • Serve your bourbon caramel apples slightly chilled. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Tips

Experiment with flavors: Add a pinch of cinnamon or a dash of vanilla extract to the caramel sauce for extra flavor.

Chocolate drizzle: For added decadence, melt some semi-sweet chocolate and drizzle it over the caramel apples after they’ve set.

No microwave? Melt the caramel and bourbon in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.

Room temperature apples: Take the apples out of the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before dipping for easier coating.

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