Still one of the most enduring Halloween desserts, caramel apples can be enjoyed by young and old anytime.
- Insert wooden skewers into stem end of each apple. Set aside.
- Combine brown sugar, milk, shortening and salt in a heavy saucepan, mixing well. Bring to a full boil, and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat with a wire whisk or hand-held electric mixer about 10 minutes or until mixture thickens and loses its gloss.
- Tilt pan and dip apples in caramel, covering the entire surface. Let excess caramel drip off. Place apples on a lightly buttered baking sheet to cool.
- Store in a cool place.
- Makes 12 servings.
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell