Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

I remember always getting candy and caramel apples at the fair or down the shore when I was a kid. This recipe is a little different with the addition of peanut butter, but just as good or better! If you remember having these as a kid, make them and be a kid again :) Or make them for your kids or grandkids for a treat!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 -10 small apples, at room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 (14 ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
  • 12 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • wooden craft stick (popsicle sticks)


  1. Wash and dry apples.
  2. Insert stick into stem end of each apple and set aside.
  3. Place peanuts in a shallow bowl or pie pan and set aside.
  4. In a heavy saucepan, cook caramels, peanut butter and water over low heat until melted and blended, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove from heat (you may have to return to heat if mixture starts to set up).
  6. Dip and turn each apple in caramel mixture, coating most of the way up.
  7. Allow excess to drip into pan.
  8. Dip apples in peanuts and place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet or into paper cupcake liners.
  9. Store in a cool place or refrigerate.
  10. Remove from refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.
Most Helpful

It didn't slide off my apples like my previous recipe always had. Hooray! and yummmm.

ctrmom October 04, 2010

I was looking for recipes for caramel apples that were different from the standard recipe on the back of the caramels bag. Personally, I am not a fan of peanut butter, but I don't know of any children who dislike peanut butter so I gave this a try. Wow! It was really, really good (I even liked it)! I had to add an additional tablespoon of water to the mixture to make it easier to dip and I omitted the chopped peanuts and rolled the dipped apples in everything from nuts to chopped Butterfinger bars. They were great and loved by all! This is definitely a keeper.

ccmom October 29, 2006

I made these for Halloween. Real easy to make. The peanut butter gave the caramel a smoother creamier texture. I had to add a little more water because mine was to thick to dip the apples in. Thanks Karen for a new caramel apple recipe.

bullwinkle November 17, 2004