These Caramel Stuffed Baked Apples are topped with an oat brown sugar crust. These baked apples are filled with caramel candies and baked until the apples are soft, the caramel is gooey, and the topping is crisp and caramelized!
These homemade baked apples with caramel inside are rich and gooey and perfect. If there’s one thing you should make this fall, it’s definitely these Caramel Stuffed Baked Apples!
How ’bout them apples?
How much do you hate me for that obligatory cliche?
If it’s a lot, I realllly hope this recipe will make up for any of the eye-rolling that above statement may have induced.
However, I do have to forewarn you. One bite of these Caramel Stuffed Baked Apples just might induce some eye-rolling of their own.
Because these gooey caramel stuffed apples are eyeball-rolling-to-the-back-of-your-head good.
And that’s an understatement.
Caramel and apples were made for each other. Like cookies and milk. Like Lorelai and Luke. Like me with Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, can we just discuss how Thanksgiving is just a mere matter of weeks away?
I just saw that we only have something like 9 more Fridays until Christmas and I just don’t understand how in the world the year passed by so incredibly quickly.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty much vibrating with excitement, but I’m also slightly concerned that time is passing by like this.
Like, the Stones lied. Time is not on my side. In fact, it’s moving a whole lot faster than I’d like.
Anyway, getting myself back on track here, the holidays are approaching quickly. I can be a pretty last minute person, but when it comes to the holidays and meal planning, I’m on top of it. (Perhaps too much considering the fact we make a feast that can feed like 70 for our family of 10. Whoops.)
If you’re looking for recipes to add to your holiday feast, might I suggest these baked apples with caramel inside?? If you’re anything like me, Thanksgiving is pretty much one giant day of eating sugary carbs and whatnot so why not add these to the breakfast list?
I mean, these are super easy baked apples and they have an oat brown sugar crust (it’s practically oatmeal). Between the fruit and the oatmeal, it might be the healthiest thing you eat all day. 😉
Caramel Stuffed Baked Apples with a Brown Sugar Topping Tips & Tricks:
- Use a melon scoop to hollow out the cores of your apples. You could also use a spoon. You do not want to core the apples entirely, as if you do that, the caramels will leak out the bottoms of the apples (and make one giant mess in your baking dish).
- Depending upon the size of your apples, you can fit between 2-4 caramels. I used medium-sized apples and was able to fit 2 caramels inside of each. Using a large apple, you could fit 3-4 inside. However, depending upon how caramel-y you want this insides of your apples, you can adjust the amount of caramel inside accordingly.
- I suggest foil-lining your baking dish as it makes clean up a breeze.
- Lastly, you can drizzle caramel sauce on top (or this Easy Pecan Praline Sauce) if you choose (I don’t know why you wouldn’t choose it 😉), because it just makes everything better.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away (or so they say).
- 4 medium apples (any kind; I used Honeycrisp)
- 8 unwrapped caramels
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 tsp cinnamon
- 4 Tbsp butter, chilled
- Caramel Sauce
- Easy Pecan Praline Sauce (linked below)
- Homemade Whipped Cream (linked below)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil.
In a small bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon together. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly (resembling coarse crumbs). Set aside.
Cut off the tops of each apple.
With a melon scoop or spoon, scoop out the core of the apple. Make sure to remove all seeds, but leave the bottom in tact so that you have an apple "bowl."
Place 2 caramels in each apple, and sprinkle with cinnamon (1/4 tsp for each).
Generously sprinkle with the crumb topping.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, or pecan praline sauce.
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Originally published in 2014; updated in 2018.