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Caramel Apple Crunch

 Caramel Apple Crunch
I combined ingredients from various apple crisp recipes to create this one. I like to use tart apples because they provide a balance to the sweetness of the caramels. —Melissa Williams, Peoria, Illinois
12-16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 8 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 33 caramels, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons 2% milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • Place the apples in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a heavy
  • saucepan, melt 25 caramels with 2 tablespoons milk, stirring often;
  • drizzle over apples.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, salt
  • and cinnamon; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle over apples.
  • Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10
  • minutes. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, melt remaining caramels
  • with remaining milk, stirring often until smooth. Drizzle over
  • dessert and ice cream if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2/3 cup) equals 261 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.