Heating Up Holidays: Crafty Slow Cooker Caramel Recipes
The holidays are the best time to try out some of those crafty dessert recipes you've been collecting all year. Caramel is one of the staple tastes of the season, so try searching for dishes that use this sweet ingredient in unconventional ways.
As you're collecting candied caramels from the store, be sure to stock up on enough to make the following festive treats from Crock-Pot Girl™ Jenn Bare.
1. Slow Cooker Caramel Pie
Instead of serving a pumpkin-based dish this Thanksgiving, try a caramel pie made from scratch with your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker. Start by pouring 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk in the slow cooker, then covering the stoneware and allowing it to cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Stir every 30-60 minutes with a whisk, and when the milk is ready, transfer the liquid to a pie crust - either one that was purchased from the store or one that's been homemade. Allow the pie to cool in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours, or until the filling has become firm. Top the pie with the whipped topping of your choosing, then drizzle chopped toffee or nuts on the surface.
2. Classic Spin on Caramel Apples
Caramel apples are fantastic fall treats, so be sure to try this seasoned spin on the classic next time you're looking to impress your friends. Begin by collecting 4 large green apples, peeling the skin off the top of each apple and removing the cores. Place the apples in the slow cooker and pour 1/2 cup apple juice over the fruit. In the center of each apple, add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 hot cinnamon candies, 2 caramel candies and 1 tablespoon butter. Drizzle ground cinnamon on the surface, cover the stoneware and allow the apples to cook for 4-6 hours on low.
3. Slow Cooker Caramel Rum Fondue
Don't be shy about breaking out this delicious dessert dip at your next holiday gathering. Place 14 ounces of caramels and 2/3 cups heavy whipping cream in your slow cooker, and allow the mixture to cook for 1 1/2 hours on low or until the caramels have completely melted. Stir the dip, then add 1/2 cup marshmallows and 1/2 teaspoon rum extract. Continue to stir, then cover for an additional 30 minutes. Set this fondue out in your favorite dinnerware, allowing guests to dip pretzels, apple wedges, graham crackers or chocolate pieces.