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Caramel Apples

  • 15 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This healthy caramel apple recipe has just enough caramel to give a nice hit of salty-sweet flavor in each bite for a tasty dessert.”


    • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
    • ¼ cup agave nectar
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans
    • 6 small apples, such as Eve or Paula Red


  • 1 Line a baking sheet with wax paper and coat with cooking spray. Coat a tablespoon measure with cooking spray.
  • 2 Combine brown sugar, agave, butter and salt in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat; as soon as the syrup starts to lightly bubble around the edges, cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Add nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted and the mixture darkens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  • 3 Working quickly, spoon about 1 tablespoon of caramel over each apple. Repeat, spooning another tablespoon of caramel over each apple, turning as you pour.
  • 4 Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Insert popsicle/craft sticks into the tops. Press any stray strands of caramel back onto the apples. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in wax paper at room temperature for up to 1 day.
  • Equipment: Wooden popsicle/craft sticks
  • Shopping Tip: Choose unbruised, firm apples with smooth skin. Store for up to 4 months in the refrigerator.
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