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Caramel Apple Cobbler Recipe – How to Make it in 9 Simple Steps

Who doesn't love a caramel apple? Our recipe for Caramel Apple Cobbler can dress up this carnival favorite treat into a dessert that is just as delicious and way less messy to eat. Top the cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and no one will turn down dessert.

This is a ramekin serving of caramel apple cobbler with ice cream topping.

Warm and gooey with the tangy-sweet flavor of apples buried in a soft, fluffy cobbler, our recipe for Caramel Apple Cobbler is a perfect recipe for cold, winter evenings. It has three steps, but they are easily and quickly done, so you can get this dessert in the oven in less than half an hour. 

This is a ramekin serving of caramel apple cobbler with ice cream topping.

Caramel Apple Cobbler Recipe

April Freeman
Caramel and apples are a wonderful combination. The smooth, creamy sweetness of the caramel accents the juicy tanginess of the apples. Our recipe for Caramel Apple Cobbler echoes these familiar and delicious flavors.
Prep Time 20 mins
Baking Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings

Equipment

  • Nine-Inch Square Pan
  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Glass Dish
  • Wire whisk
  • Small Dishes

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the Apples

  • 3 pcs Peeled and Chopped Apples about ¾ to 1-inch square pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Sugar

Ingredients for the Caramel Sauce

  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 3 tbsp Heavy Cream

Ingredients for the Cobbler Batter

  • ¼ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 dash Salt
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a nine-inch square dish with cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the chopped apples and the cinnamon and sugar. Put the apples in the prepared baking dish, spreading them into an even layer. Set this aside.
  • Now, move on to making the caramel sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. When it is fully melted, add in the heavy cream, the white sugar, and the brown sugar. Stir this mixture until it comes to a boil. Turn the heat down a bit and allow it to bubble together while stirring for about 60 seconds or until it is slightly thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.
    The caramel sauce is cooked in a saucepan.
  • Now, it’s time to make the batter. Melt the butter in the microwave by microwaving it in a glass dish for about 30 seconds. Stir it to remove any lumps. Put the butter into the bowl that you used to stir the apples together. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla. Whisk these together until the mixture is smooth. 
    The cobbler batter is made in a bowl.
  • Pour about half of the caramel mixture over the apples in the dish, stirring to combine. Set the remainder of the caramel mixture aside for later.
  • Pour the cobbler batter over the top of the apples. Do not stir. 
    The cobbler batter is poured over the apples in the baking pan.
  • Bake the cobbler in the preheated oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until it is lightly browned and the batter is just set.
  • Remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool for about 15 to 20 minutes.
    Freshly baked caramel apple cobbler in a glass baking dish.
  • Serve the cobbler in small dishes topped with ice cream. Use the remainder of the caramel mixture to drizzle over the ice cream. 
    This is a serving of caramel apple cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

Caramel apples are a sticky, delicious treat often found at farmer’s markets or at the county fair. A juicy sweet apple is surrounded by a coating of delicious caramel. Usually, a popsicle stick inserted into the apple helps you enjoy this treat without getting covered in caramel. However, it is pretty difficult to eat a caramel apple without getting sticky at all.
While some people use the terms interchangeably, did you know that candy apples and caramel apples are actually two separate treats? Candy apples were invented in 1908 by William W. Kolb in Newark, New Jersey. He was tinkering with cinnamon red-hot candies and dipped some apples into the spicy candy mixture. He quickly found that they were favorites and began selling them for a nickel apiece.
Caramel apples were created much later, in the 1950s. An employee of Kraft Foods was experimenting with leftover Halloween caramels and coated some apples in the sticky sweetness. While initially the caramel apples were made by hand, about 10 years later, the machine was invented to help automate the process of making caramel apples.
First, we peel and chop several juicy apples, mixing them with cinnamon and sugar You can use any familiar cooking apple in this recipe. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold are all good choices, although we used a Fuji apple and the recipe worked out great.
Next, we created a quick and easy caramel sauce. Caramel sauce sounds like it should be complicated to make, involving special ingredients and candy thermometers, but this is actually really easy and only requires a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Part of the sauce goes in with the apples, while the rest is reserved for later to top the dessert.
We then made a basic batter which was poured over the apples and baked. The cobbler batter bakes up fluffy and light with the apples embedded in it. Now, once this cobbler comes out of the oven you can eat it as is. If you want to drizzle the leftover prepared caramel directly on the cobbler, go for it. 
However, if you really want to make this into a dessert that will impress your mother-in-law, buy a good quality brand of vanilla ice cream and top each serving with a dollop of ice cream followed by a drizzle of caramel syrup. No one will be able to resist it!
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