BAKED CARAMEL APPLES

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Ingredients

6 tbsp. softened butter
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
6 large baking apples
1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. water, divided
1 (10 oz.) pkg. caramels
1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1/4 c. whipping cream

Directions:

Cut small portion of the top from apple, leaving the top in tact so you can replace it after the apples are stuffed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small skillet, quickly toast the nuts if using them in the recipe.

In a small bowl, combine butter, nutmeg and the nuts (if using)
Fill each apple with 1 tablespoon of the mixture.

Place apples in a baking pan, replace the apple tops back on top of each apple. Add 1/4 cup water to bottom of pan. You can also use apple juice or apple cider in place of the water for extra zing.

Bake 30-35 minutes.

If the apple tops have shriveled, discard.

In heavy saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with 2 tablespoons water,stir constantly. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Pour caramel mixture over baked apples. Serve with a scoop of ice cream if desired.

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