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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

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.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 261 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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