Last year, Doodle and I decided to make caramel apples.

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You know, the real apples on a stick, dipped in oooey, goooey caramel and then dipped in nuts or drizzled with chocolate??

It was a mess.

And he ate just two bites before declaring himself “all done.”

Now that it’s fall, and we’re seeing pictures all over the internet, magazines and in stores…Doodle asked to make them again. And while I want to be the “fun mom” who makes awesome seasonal goodies for her kid, I’m drawing the line one this one. Kind of.

This version of caramel apples isn’t quite as healthy(?), but it’s certainly a little less messy–and just as fun!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes
 
Ingredients
For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box (18.25 ounce) spice cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can apple pie filling
For the Topping:
  • 20 caramels
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 18 lollipop sticks
  • ribbon, optional
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Combine cake mix, buttermilk, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, about 2 more minutes.
  3. Fill the paper liners two-thirds full and dollop a small spoonful of apple pie filling on top. Bake until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the cupcakes from the baking pans. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the caramels and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes and sprinkle with pecans. Insert lollipop stick into the center of each cupcake.

 

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Have a wonderful weekend–what do you all have planned? We’re headed up to my old college town after work today for football Saturday–which should be interesting, since it’s my K-State Wildcats against my husband’s team, the Jayhawks. Someone is going to be bummed at the end of the day, and it’s not going to be me. Go Cats! 😉

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!