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Caramel Apples

Still one of the most enduring Halloween desserts, caramel apples can be enjoyed by young and old anytime.
  • 12 small apples, washed, stems removed
  • 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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.

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