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With autumn’s rapid arrival this year I found myself scrambling to welcome her properly. But summer’s leaves are yet to turn into shades of sunshine and the weather is still warm, and without the definite feel of fall I was at a bit of a loss.

Then inspiration hit… almost literally as my toddler dropped her apple and it grazed the side of my head before plunking down and rolling across the floor. Had I just discovered gravity? No, but I had a great idea for kicking off the season! We needed to go apple picking immediately, but what would my little SweetPea(or my little Rose as I’ve started calling her) wear? Last years pumpkin hat surely wouldn’t do for apple picking.

So that evening I whipped her out a juicy red apple hat and we were ready to go. I’d originally planned on taking her to one of the local apple orchards, but then a friend offered up her own backyard as an alternative. With one large apple tree standing proud and heavy with fruit we had a ball. My little Rose squealed with delight an apple in each hand as she took little nibbles from them both. We happily began making quick work of gathering the beautiful fruits and every so often I found myself picking an apple out of the bag that Rose had already enjoyed and adding it to her special pile of yummy apples.

That evening when we got home I knew I needed to do something special with a few of the apples to have for dessert that night, but I didn’t have enough time or enough flour to make a pie or cobbler. As I wracked my brain for an idea I remembered the sticky, delicious smell of caramel apples at the county fair and knew I had to make a nice gooey caramel dipping sauce that would be perfect for apple slices.

I quickly set to work trying to find the perfect recipe, but with it being the day before my weekly grocery shopping trip our cupboards were pretty bare and I found myself lacking at least one of the ingredients called for in the recipes I had found. So I decided to wing it!
Super Easy Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1-2 Tbsp Butter

1/3 cup Milk

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan over low heat allow the sugar to warm and begin to melt stirring occasionally. When the sugar begins to melt add the butter and stir until the butter is completely melted and combined into the sugar. Warm the milk and add to the sugar butter mixture. Allow to boil stirring constantly until the sugar appears mostly dissolved. Remove from heat. Cool to a none scalding temperature and enjoy! Store in refrigerator and enjoy reheated or cold.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 Cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1-3/4 Cups sugar

1/4 Cup brown sugar

2  Sticks butter(softened)

1 tbsp orange zest

2 eggs

1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 Cup Raw sugar (for rolling)

4 Cups chocolate chips(whatever kind you like best!)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift Flour, Baking soda and Salt into a medium bowl.

2. In a large bowl cream Sugars, Zest, Butter, Eggs, and Juice. Gradually add Flour mixture until completely combined.

3. Roll dough into 2″ balls. Roll each ball in Raw Sugar until coated. Place on parchment lined baking sheet 3″ apart.

4. With a flat surface (bottom of a cup/bowl) smash each ball down until about 1/4″ thick.

5. Bake cookies until golder brown. about 14 minutes rotating baking sheet halfway through to promote even cooking.

6. Fill a medium sauce 3/4 with water and place over medium heat. Pour Chocolate chips into a smaller saucepan on top of water. Cook until Chips are fully melted. Dip cooled cookies into chocolate and place on *parchment paper.

7. Enjoy!

*for best results allow cookies to set in the refrigerator.

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