Salted Caramel Apple Cups


Salted Caramel Apple Cups

Ingredients

Salted Caramel Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Apple Cups

  • 12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls
  • 2 small apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Salted Caramel Frosting

  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Salted Caramel Syrup

Instructions

  1. Salted Caramel Syrup: Combine the sugar, water, and the corn syrup in a large saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and turns clear. Cover the saucepan and let it cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the lid and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil. Don't stir from this point on, but swirl the liquid around the pan so the caramel doesn’t burn. Continue to cook until the caramel turns an even amber color (5 - 10 minutes) then remove from the heat and let stand for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the heavy cream SLOWLY into the mixture. The mixture will bubble up significantly and is extremely hot. Stir the mixture, again being careful. Add the butter, lemon juice, and salt. Stir until combined.
  4. Measure 1/2 cup into a Pyrex measuring cup.
  5. Stirring occasionally, allow to cool until thick like molasses and warm to the touch, about 20 minutes.
  6. Store any extra in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  7. Salted Caramel Frosting: Cream butter and cream cheese on medium, until smooth.
  8. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined.
  9. Add Salted Caramel Syrup.
  10. Add more powdered sugar for a stiffer frosting (I like mine loose for this recipe). Set aside.
  11. Apple Cups: Combine apples, spices, butter, sugar and pecans with a fork or your fingers. Set aside.
  12. Spray a 12-muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners.
  13. Flatten each roll out and add a heaping tablespoon of mixture in the middle. Set it inside the muffin tin. I covered my rolls with plastic wrap (covered in cooking spray) for about an hour. Alternatively, you could just pop them in the oven as-is for a crispier crust. I wanted mine to be fluffy.
  14. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  15. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes before removing from the pan.
  16. Frost and enjoy!
  17. Store uneaten (if any) muffins in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days.

Makes 12 apple cups | Prep Time: 60 min | Bake Time: 20 min

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Rhodes International - rhodesbakenserv.com

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