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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

By Janet Eyring
Gooey caramel and tart apples in an easy to eat treat!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. chopped, peeled tart apples
  • 2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground cloves
  • 1/4 t. ground allspice
  • 20 wrapped caramels
  • 3 T 2% milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Popsicle sticks

Method:

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs are formed. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and spices. Beat at low speed for 1 minute, then high for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently. Fold in apples.

Pour into greased cupcake pan or paper liners until 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small saucepan, cook the caramels and milk over low heat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes and sprinkle with pecans. Insert a Popsicle stick into the center of each cupcake.

*Alternately, you can use a spice cake mix and add the apples, and follow directions for baking on the cake mix box.

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