08 August 2012

Caramel Apple Pretzels

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Yesterday Jordan and I had a girls day at the mall. We picked out her "first day of school" outfit.

I am still having a hard time with the fact that one, there is less than two weeks of summer left, and two, I'm going to have a second grader.

SECOND grade. Which we all know is, like, three days from High School. {By the way she already acts, I think we may be even closer than that.}

She's seven and a half. Which is almost eight. Which is almost a Tween. And after that is Teen, when she will refuse to talk to me and her only "words" will be eye rolls.

Hello, Father Time? Will you slow the heck down please? Thanksmuch.

I figure I only have a few more years of "cutesy things" left. Things like showing her a dress at Old Navy that has a zebra on it and her grabbing it from me and insisting I buy it. Or holding my hand in a parking lot. Or allowing me to make cute back-to-school gifts to give her teacher.

{You know, before she's too cool to do those things and I have to do them behind her back or threaten that I won't think she loves me anymore if she won't hold my hand.}

So I figured I best get as much in as possible, before it all goes away. I bought her the zebra dress. And then I made apples for her teachers.


I must say, these apples gave me a pain in my head. I love the way they ended up. But they were not what I originally envisioned. The idea for the red pretzels came from Party Pinching. But you know me. I have to do MORE. I can't be happy with just some cute red pretzels that look like apples.

The "MORE" ended up with two failed recipes and a second batch of pretzels.

But I'm happy with these. They're good.

And make me want Fall.

Pretzels dipped in caramel. Dipped in red candy melts. Topped with a green "stem."

Perfect for back-to-school.


They're small. So if your kid is past "cute," just hide them in his supply box. He'll never know.

Are you excited for back to school?

Caramel Apple Pretzels

by Crazy for Crust (Inspired by Party Pinching)


Ingredients
  • 28 small twisted pretzels
  • 1/2 bag red candy melts
  • Green pliable candy (such as Airheads)
  • 1 cup caramel bits (you could also use square caramels, unwrapped)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.
  2. Cut green Airhead in small strips, roll in to a thin rope, and then cut again in small sections to create apple stems.
  3. Preheat an electric griddle over very low heat (about 200 degrees). Top with a folded kitchen towel. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat/roul’pat or parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray. (I used wax paper and they stuck bad! When I switched to my roul’pat I had no problems.)
  4. Melt caramel and heavy cream together in microwave on 30 second intervals, for about 1 minutes, stirring in between. Stir until smooth. Dip pretzels in caramel, tapping off excess. Place on prepared cookie sheet and freeze until hardened about 10 minutes.
  5. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Dip pretzels in candy, tapping off excess. Place on cookie sheet. Place a stem on half of the dipped pretzels, to resemble apples. Chill until hardened.
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73 Comments:

At August 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM , Blogger Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel said...

These are so cute! I was instantly jealous of this idea when you told me about it on Sunday. So genius! And of course, I love your caramel addition--so Dorothy of you, but entirely apropos :) Jordan is a crack-up and since she has an awesome, hot mama ;) who bakes awesome treats, there's no way she'll be all eye-rolly. She'll probably be showing you off as much as she can. After all, your house will be the party house!

 
At August 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM , Anonymous Aimee @ ShugarySweets said...

These are adorable. I'd like someone to make them for me so I can eat them all up!

 
At August 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Trish - Sweetology101 said...

love it. will be doing it. will be hiding it this year as you said, my Sophia is hypersensitive to my "cuteness" factor these days.

 
At August 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Robin @ Bird On A Cake said...

Yum, I love caramel and pretzels together! And they are so cute. You made me realize that I am really lucky...my sweet Ellany will probably never grow out of her cutesy stage. She has the personality of Snow White and is going to be the sweetest, most non-sarcastic teenager you ever met. It makes me happy just thinking about it. :0)

 
At August 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM , Blogger micki @ ADD housewife said...

this is positively adorable. My girls would have so much fun making these! I'd love for you to share at Pin Inspiration Thursday http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/08/pin-inspiration-45.html

 
At August 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Lizzy Do said...

Rats, my kids are way past cute and my youngest will be going off to college next week...sniff, sniff. But I'd still be willing to make these double dipped gems for myself!

 
At August 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM , Anonymous Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

omg these look so good! I have a pretzel recipe coming up and we've sworn them off for at least 1 week as a family...lol b/c we have been addicted to the salty/sweet - and now, I want yours!

 
At August 8, 2012 at 8:06 PM , Anonymous Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen said...

These are adorable!! I love the combination of caramel and apples...yummm :)

 
At August 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Sara said...

The school district where I live starts school tomorrow, so I suggest you be glad that you have two more weeks.

 
At August 8, 2012 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

One more week for me..
I notice a huge change in kids from the beginning of 4th grade to the end of 4th grade. When I get them, they're all about their cartoons and dresses with zebras. By the end of the year, it's all that Justin Bieber crap. So. You've got at least another year or two.

 
At August 8, 2012 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Lindsay Ann @ Dollhouse Bake Shoppe said...

Love this, Dorothy! Such a creative and yummy treat idea for back to school!!!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 5:42 AM , Blogger Winnie said...

These are wonderful Dorothy
I'd looooooove to make them, so I'll have to figure out what kind of candy I should use. We have here different kinds than yours

 
At August 9, 2012 at 6:11 AM , Blogger Mrsblocko said...

I've got a soon to be second grader as well. I feel your pain. The eye rolling has already begun!

These little pretzel treats are super cute. I'm sure even the most eye rolliest"oh mom"kids would enjoy them!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 6:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused. What is the griddle and folded up towel used for? Do you put the cookie sheet on top of it?

 
At August 9, 2012 at 6:50 AM , Anonymous sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

aw so cute, I so don't want school to start, like this month he gets braces, and then 3rd grade then he turns 8 in another month. I keep telling him if he gets big and won't hug me any more I will have to turn into a cat lady, but with dogs, I don't like cat as much.

 
At August 9, 2012 at 8:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too!! not sure if I am just missing a step or what??

 
At August 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Sue said...

These are so cute! The shape is definitely an apple! Yo're so creative, Dorothy:)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Sue said...

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At August 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Sue said...

*You're:)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM , Blogger Back for Seconds said...

These are the cutest! Such a great idea!
I am totally dreading the day when my girl starts school. I get weepy just thinking about it. If you figure out how to freeze time, please let me know!
Now I'm sad...I need a pretzel,

 
At August 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Susan said...

How perfect--you just blow me away with your creativity! XOXO

 
At August 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

These are such a great idea! So creative!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous sally @ sallys baking addiction said...

Absolutely adorable! You know I'm a sucker for pretzel-y sweets. I love sweet and salty! I kinda wish I was teacher receiving these. :)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Karen - Trilogy Edibles said...

what a fabulous idea! I never would have thought to dip in caramel first. You are a clever lady! Abby starts 2nd grade this year too an I'm with you. However in our house, the eye rolls have already started :(

 
At August 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Angela said...

They are adorable--and the caramel seems essential. So clever!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Erin said...

Okay, these are totally awesome! I will be making these for school for sure. And forget my kids! I'm taking them! (I work in a middle school. I'll forever like cutesy things.) My daughter is going into 2nd grade as well and it's freaking me out. Where did the time go?!?!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM , Blogger K Coake said...

What a cute and yummy idea!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Heather Kinnaird said...

what a seriously cute idea! I am SO looking forward to fall but I am not quite ready for the crazy back to school schedule, and the fact that my son is now a middle schooler - I know I cannot possibly be old enough for that.

 
At August 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM , Anonymous Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Very very cute idea!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

Oh my goodness, these are SO cute! What a great idea for back to school! I hear you--Doodle starts kindergarden next week and I'm having SUCH a hard time with it! Sniff, sniff!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Meg @ Sweet Twist said...

This is such a cute idea!!!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Stephanie Brandt said...

I would LOVE to have you guest post on my blog about these! I have www.debtfreespending.com. Just email me at steph@debtfreespending.com if you are interested! Thanks!!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

LOL Trish, I hope you enjoy!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Averie! I'm not sure if I could swear off these, ha!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Kristi!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Part of me wishes she started today... :)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

You can use white melts and color them red! And any caramels will do. :)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Oh, sorry! I use it to keep the candy warm (or the caramel). That way it doesn't harden while I'm working with it. :)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I know the feeling! Braces, big kids. Sigh. :)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Jessica!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I knew you'd have an eye for them Sally! Pretzels rock. :)

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Karen! Yeah, eye rolling will be here soon, I just know it.

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Middle school? Wow! :) Fall will be here soon. I hope!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Ashley! Kinder was so hard for me too!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Meg!

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Stephanie! I'll email you.

 
At August 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Erin!

 
At August 10, 2012 at 3:20 AM , Blogger Winnie said...

Thanks. I will try to find something.... not so easy though

 
At August 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

These are so cute - very clever! I am pinning them!

I would love if you would submit it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative

 
At August 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Our Pinteresting Family said...

Those are so cute!! Megan

 
At August 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM , Blogger Heidi Fowler said...

Oh, my goodness! Those look fabulous. I hope you’ll link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend on OneCreativeMommy.com.

 
At August 11, 2012 at 7:07 AM , Blogger Kate Hansen said...

These are super cute and sound delicious!

 
At August 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

How adorable! My daughter would love making these.

 
At August 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM , Blogger Pamela said...

Now how did I miss this!!! I love them, thanks for sharing at Heavenly Treats Sunday!

 
At August 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Sweet Bella Roos said...

Ahhh my daughter starts kindergarten in two weeks, I don't even want to think about 2nd grade! These little apples are too cute. Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

 
At August 11, 2012 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Mackenzie said...

What a awesome idea! We would love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers would love your awesome ideas! Have a great weekend!
Mackenzie :)
http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-23/

 
At August 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Me And My Sweets said...

Hi!

I would love you to join My Sweet Party and the theme for August is Childhood favourites. Check it out:
http://meandmysweets.blogspot.se/2012/08/my-sweet-party-august-childhood.html

Cheers!

 
At August 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Mackenzie!

 
At August 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks so much!

 
At August 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thank you!

 
At August 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM , Blogger Jocelyn said...

Why do our kids insist on growing up so fast??? I agree time needs to stand still!!! I love the cute apple pretzels...and caramel in them...YUM!!!

 
At August 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Heidi said...

This is so cute, and looks like it would be really addictive. Yum!

 
At August 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM , Blogger Kaylee said...

I was already planning on making the original version for my fellow teachers as we head to workdays this week but seeing your version, I will clearly need to add some caramel!

 
At August 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM , Blogger The Better Baker said...

Just darling! I bet every teacher wants to have Jordan in their class....if for no other reason, but for the awesome goodies you shower on them. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

 
At August 13, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Anonymous Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies said...

I totally LOVE this idea! I have a weak spot for pretzels dipped in stuff.

 
At August 14, 2012 at 4:04 AM , Blogger Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com said...

I am happy you kept trying with these , they look so cute!!! I have 3rd grader and sometimes I look at her and think "holy crap, she's not little anymore"!! It goes so fast! I'm totally dreading those tweener years.

 
At August 14, 2012 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Me too! Thanks Tanya!

 
At August 14, 2012 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Jen!

 
At August 14, 2012 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

For sure Heidi!

 
At August 14, 2012 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Yes you do! :)

 
At August 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM , Blogger cupsbykim said...

Just found out who Aiden's teacher is last night. I have 1 week left until 2nd grade! Ugghhh!! How did this happen!! I can't wait to make these for his teacher. In fact I think I'm going to whip some up for his past 2 teachers too!

 
At August 19, 2012 at 6:42 AM , Blogger Katie Drane said...

These are so cute! I have never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing on the Terrific Tuesdays link party!

Katie Drane
www.funhomethings.com

 
At August 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Katie!

 

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