Bloomin’ Baked Apples Recipe

I made these Bloomin’ Baked Apples as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Bloomin Baked Apples

Every year we wait for the fall and apple season to come around! Growing up, we had an apple tree in our backyard. I remember my grandmother coming over to help my mom freeze apples. We had an apple peeler/corer that was a big help. My mom froze the apples for pie filling. All winter long we would have delicious, homemade apple desserts. This year, we are already enjoying the apple season. The bottom drawer of our fridge is full of apples. Vanessa is excited because she got her braces off and can easily eat apples this fall! I used some of our apples to make these delicious Bloomin’ Baked Apples. This was my first time making baked apples and I am so excited not only about how tasty they were but also about how easy they were to make.

Honeycrisp Apples

Our favorite apples are honeycrisp apples which were developed right here at the University of Minnesota! Last week, I bought these honeycrisp apples in the Walmart produce department. They had a huge variety of apples with great prices! Walmart produce is fresh, farmer picked with a 100% money back guarantee.

Sliced Bloomin Apple

To get the blooming apple look, you need to cut the apples. Slice off the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the apples. Scoop out the core. I don’t have an apple corer, so I used my metal 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon. Then use a thin knife to make two deep, circular cuts around the center of the apple. Next, turn the apple over and make narrow cuts all the way around the apple. Flip it back over and you can see all of the cuts.

Caramel Apple

Place the apples in an oven safe dish and put two caramels into the center of each apple.

Baked Apples

Heat butter and brown sugar in the microwave for 30 second, stir and continue heating for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir in flour and cinnamon. Divide the mixture over the top of the two sliced apples.

Baked Apple Recipe

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and use a large spoon to move the apples into bowls. The outside layer of apple pieces will spread out and the middle will stick together due to the ooey, gooey caramel center!

**UpdateI made myself another bloomin‘ apple last night and I had to cook it for 45 minutes. I would suggest that you check your apples after 25 minutes and then continue cooking them until they are tender. The cook time will depend on the size and firmness of the apples.**

Blooming Baked Apples

Top with a scoop of ice cream, drizzle with caramel and sprinkle with cinnamon. The ice cream will cause the caramel in the center to harden, so eat it quickly or put the ice cream scoop on the side. After taking the pictures, I immediately had to try these Bloomin‘ Baked Apples. Zack asked me what it tasted like because he could tell I was thoroughly enjoying it. I explained that it tastes like apple pie. He asked me if I meant for it to taste like apple pie and I luckily that is just what I was going for! I’ve made these Bloomin’ Baked Apples three times now and they were delicious each time. My daughter and her friend loved them!

Bloomin’ Baked Apples Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples (or other crisp apples)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 caramels
  • Optional toppings: vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. To get the blooming apple look, you need to cut the apples. Slice off the top ¼ to ⅓ of the apples. Scoop out the core. I don’t have an apple corer so I used my metal ½ teaspoon measuring spoon. Then, use a thin knife to make two, deep circular cuts around the center of the apple. Next, turn the apple over and make narrow cuts all the way around the apple. Flip it back over and you can see all of the cuts.
  3. Place the apples in an oven safe dish and put two caramels into the center of each apple.
  4. Heat butter and brown sugar in the microwave for 30 second, stir and continue heating for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir in flour and cinnamon. Divide the mixture over the top of the two sliced apples.
  5. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. (Check apples after 25 minutes and continue cooking until tender. Some apples can take 45 min to 1 hour to soften.)
  6. Remove from the oven and use a large spoon to move the apples into bowls.
  7. Top with a scoop of ice cream, drizzle with caramel and sprinkle with cinnamon. The ice cream will cause the caramel in the center to harden so eat quickly or put the ice cream scoop on the side.

Here are a few more Bloomin’ Recipes for you to try:

Bloomin Potato

Bloomin’ Baked Potato

Blooming Cinnamon Rolls |

Bloomin’ Cinnamon Roll

Bloomin' Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Bloomin’ Garlic Cheese Biscuits

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  1. Michelle G says

    This was so incredibly yummy! And I don’t particularly like apples! It was easier than I thought it would be, and my family couldn’t stop talking about it. We will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much!

  2. Rhonda says

    Tonia these look delicious! Don’t really want to take them out after 30 mins to keep checking the softness once they are all gooey, so would I be able to microwave the apples once cut, but before adding caramel and anything else? I’m thinking if I zap them for five minutes to give them a head start would that work?

  3. EAWSumms says

    I’m going to make these for Thanksgiving later this week! I’m wondering what anyone might think the best baking dish might be so that the gooeyness doesn’t spread too much from 1 apple to the other…? Also, do folks think it would be alright to either eat these cold, or only bake halfway, and then finish off right before dessert time?
    Definitely looking forward to trying these!

  4. says

    These look fantastic. I can’t wait to to try this on the weekend. It looks like it tastes just like autumn. Thanks for a recipe that looks impressive when served but is simple to make.

  5. says

    Oh my gosh. This was so good.
    Used Dulce de Leche and homemade vanilla ice cream. Way more sugar than I needed in a week, but I still gladly ate it.

    Would make again.

  6. Kathy says

    These look amazing! Was wondering if you had to eat them warm or would they be good baked one day and eaten the next? Just wondering, thanks for great recipes.

  7. Tara says

    My daughter and I are making these right now. We determined that the more symmetrical the apples are, they easier they are to work with. Also, we used a grapefruit spoon to hollow them out with . The teeth on them work great for dealing with the core!

  8. Amanda says

    I got my apples fresh off the tree. DOESN’T Matter where you get your apples from honestly. If you want to shop Walmart go ahead. I just prefer fresh, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Anyways back to the main point. I used 10 Cortland Apples so I had to adjust the recipe a bit. My kids loved them. I loved it and I even brought some to my mom. I haven’t heard feedback from her yet. I will be making this again. As I have got over 100 apples to make something with. Apple pie, maybe can some apple pie filling… SOMETHING 🙂

  9. Terri says

    I picked up some big “Envy” apples at my local Shaw’s market this week which is a cross between Royal Gala and Braeburn. This is a perfect application. We get some amazing apples at our Farmer’s Market but they cancelled with all the rain :-(. I was at Trader Joe’s picked up their “Fleur de sel” Carmels, honestly they taste the same as any other camels. They are longer and rectangular and are 40g each. I’m not shopping for more, do you think I should go for 1 or 2 of these caramels? I can’t wait to try this recipe tonight.

    • Tonia says

      Hi Terri! The Envy apples sound delicious! I would just see how many fit into the hole you make when you remove the seeds. Enjoy! I’ve made these bloomin’ baked apples twice already this fall!

  10. Kammie says

    I just made this…and I must say, it was so delicious! I made them in the individual Pyrex ramekins. I baked them about 40 minutes to make sure they were nice and soft. The caramels melted down into it and combined with the sugar, butter, and natural Apple juices to make a wonderful sauce. That was the best part!
    Thank you fo the recipe–easy and made with ingredients most people have already.

  11. Suzanne (UK) says

    Goodness me. People who express a sense of superiority about “upmarket shopping” should remember that they have possibly swallowed the marketers’ message (Shop here. Yes it’s more expensive, but you’ll feel better about yourself because others will think you have money/taste, etc., and envy you). If I had a product to market I’d make d*** sure I targeted the shop snobs as it’d be far more profitable than working on those who are careful with their money. Recipe was “delish”, by the way. Thank you for sharing it with the world at large.

    • Terri says

      Hey Lauren, these might do really well in a cast-iron dutch oven set right over the coals, I’m thinking the dutch oven with the lid on could be 375 F just keep checking for doneness, maybe use smaller apples. The carmels can do double duty in this recipe and to upgrade your Camping Some’Mores. Add the Carmel to the end of your marshmallow stick. So yummy. Let us know if it works.

  12. Marty says

    This recipe looks amazing!!! Haven’t decided where I will buy my apples but then again why does it matter?!?! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe…your pictures are fabulous too!

  13. says

    I saw these on Pinterest and decided to pop over. My kids are grown but I’m on a street with a bunch of little kids and I know they would love them.

    But still…am absolutely flabbergasted at the negative commentary. It’s OK if you don’t like Walmart but it’s not OK to come into someone else space and pitch your complaint; it’s like walking into someone’s home and whining about the brand of furniture they have or maybe the breed of dog they own. Move on if you must but show some respect for the author too.

    I also run a food blog so I know firsthand the effort it takes to provide these recipes to readers at no cost to them. In order to do that on a regular basis we need to develop ways to earn an income. Many bloggers rely solely on ads for that income but it’s a pittance so to supplement those ads we work with brands; in this case Walmart. If you don’t shop at Walmart, then pick up your apples wherever you choose but be courteous; slamming Walmart is also slamming the Walmart shopper; in this case the author of this blog.

    Think about that the next time you feel a need to tout your superior crap; would you walk into a friend’s house who has just prepared something for you and insult them? I hope not. So try not to do the same in this type of environment.

    By the way…I think I’m a conscientious shopper. I shop at Costco, Sprouts and Walmart. The anti Walmart sentiment kills me. I get the same brands there as the bigger name stores but at a better price. If I had an issue with quality I would not buy produce there but our stores have the same produce as the Kroger store…just usually priced a bit lower. The ‘poor Walmart employee’ might be a myth. I talked to a woman in customer service the other day; she had been there five years, loved her job and was making $15/hr. And she was the first to say that if she didn’t think she was being paid fairly for her job that she had the choice to leave.

    It’s not that I love Walmart above all else, but I do hate the people with such strong opinions about it that they take it so far as to disrespect the author of this blog. Making it a public forum does NOT give you the right to be rude. Period!

    • Dianne Lenz says

      very well said, we have a Wal-mart in the Yukon Canada up north, but don’t have the fresh produce department in it. I love the prices they have.

    • Debby Olson says

      I agree with you so much. There are just some people that aren’t happy unless they share their opinions and their opinions aren’t needed nor wanted. I personally love Walmart but if I didn’t you would never know because you aren’t doing a survey but rather providing a recipe for free. Thank you for doing that! Deb Olson

    • says

      Amen! My hubby is a Walmart employee, has been for a long time. He has retired from two other full time jobs and has always been a people person. He loves the fact that he gets to help someone, still do a good job, get paid for it and he has insurance benefits. That is important to both of us. Thank for the recipe. I will hopefully fix for dinner tonight.

  14. Delanie says

    These look wonderful! I cannot wait to make them! Whether I buy my apples from (gasp) Walmart or an apple stand (we live very close to the mountains, yay!), this recipe is dependent on only two things….the apple I choose and MY ability to make it. For all you Walmart haters out there: in my area, the mom and pop stores do just fine alongside the Walmart! People exercise their Freedom of Choice and shop where they want to shop! Imagine that! For myself, I shop where I want depending on what I am buying that day….the produce market when I’m buying just produce, the “fancy” store when I’m feeling extravagant, or Walmart when I need groceries AND household items all in one place. Oh, and by the way, don’t you all speak kindly about the place where YOU work? I thought so. Tonia is being compensated for using Walmart produce, BUT the opinions are hers! So….please remember that when you feel it necessary to say something negative just because you can.

  15. Beth says

    Yes, who cares where YOU bought the apples, Tonia? If they don’t like where you bought them, they can buy them somewhere else! I am going to try this recipe though I will probably go to Sam’s Club or Costco to get my apples! Don’t worry about the haters! Amazing site and the recipe looks amazing as well!

  16. annie says

    just stumbled upon this via a FB share. LOVE this idea!!! question: the recipe states 2 caramels per apple, but the picture only shows one per. are they stacked? did I miss something? 🙂

    also, YOU GO GIRL! get yo’ payment on and shop where ever the heck you want! WalMart is not of the devil. greediness is. so is snobby-ness. and those who wish to judge you because of WalMart (seriously??) really need to find a hobby. maybe Hobby Lobby? hahahaaa

    thanks for the AWESOME recipe. this fall is gonna rock! (I can feel it on my thighs already. harharhar)

  17. Donna says

    Mmmmm! just found your recipe. Looks absolutely delicious! Just happen to have 2 Honeycrisp apples in the fridge. Guess what I’m making tonight. Thanks for your posting this recipe. Your pictures are beautiful! Hoping mine turn out as well as yours did. Will let you know.

  18. says

    Haven’t tried the Bloomin Apple yet, but definitely will and all remarks about you getting paid by Walmart for using their name, I say good for you, Every penny help, sorry folks but I can’t afford Trader
    s World and other higher priced places and they probably are wonderful, but it is about this wonderful looking recipe. Thank You Tonia I wish I need the secret to posting and getting paid I would do it in a second.

  19. Donna says

    Does it really matter where SHE bought HER apples!?? The point of the post is to share a recipe with you. They look delicious by the way! I will follow the recipe and REMOVE the core and use the apples I buy from the store I choose! Why must people pick apart something meant to be helpful? If you don’t like a post, don’t scroll through it! I love recipes, and thank anyone who posts them!

    • B says

      Nope. it doesn’t matter where the apples are bought… Wal Mart is a giant monster in our retail world that hurts the smaller Mom & Pop stores and is as crappy a store there can be. Kids running ALL around or playing with toys that are not theirs to even touch, associates in the “hideaways” on their phones while it is obvious a customer is searching for something in particular right in front of their faces!. … If you insist on naming the store of purchase then be prepared for those who actually realize the idea of the post was about apples… that’s is. And if the name of the retailer is mentioned then it is open for the truth to be spoken about it.

      • Dianne Lenz says

        up north we have a Wal-mart and real Canadian Supper store and an Independent, all have great pricing and are all across Canada and Usa. their is many different stores you can shop at beside the mentioned stores. So if you want to pay high prices then that is your choice but keep it to your self, not everyone can afford to buy at a mom and pops where the prices are unreal. Have great day. 🙂

    • mindy says

      I love baked apples, mom would simply core out the middle, put butter in the middle and bake in a smidge of water….then we would doll them up, put cream over them with brown sugar or? add nuts? they are delicious…I’m sure you can use any apple you like the flavor of.

    • Bets says

      I find recipes all the time online – where they purchase their food or brands they use – Never Concerns me – I just what I have or will buy – & use the same recipe……..

      Still tastes just as good, I bet.

  20. Barbara says

    These bloomin’ apples are bloomin’ delicious! Why should anyone care who sponsors your web-site? Besides that, I’m grateful for Walmart. Not everyone is rich enough or snobbish enough to shop for “designer” food!

  21. Becca says

    Has anyone tried the Ambrosia apples with this? That is the best apple ever, I have found. From cooking, baking and to just sit down and have a taste of fall!

  22. Valerie says

    Just had a look at this fabulous recipe.. Thinking I might this tomorrow so I can get some apples tomorrow… Any ideas on what type of Aussie apple to use??

  23. says

    What a great recipe, and I too discovered Honeycrisp apples a few years ago at an orchard near us, I can’t wait to try this out, looks so simple and yummy! thanks for posting it!

  24. says

    These apples look so tasty. I wonder if a square of fudge in the centre would work in place of the caramel. The potatoes look gorgeous too. I am feeling hungry just looking at them

  25. Jacki says

    I’m sorry I didn’t say anything before, but I made these a couple months ago and they were sooo good! I have to cook a special meal for my boyfriend and can’t figure out what to make that I haven’t already cooked for him, but at least I’ve got dessert covered since he absolutely loved these the 1st time. And I’m not changing the recipe… well, except to maybe add vanilla ice cream. Thanks for sharing it!

  26. Marilyn says

    I LOVE Honey Crisp apples! They are the best tasting apples ever….and yes, I buy them at Walmart,,,since I don’t have an apple tree! I can’t wait to try this recipe…it sounds super delish! Thank you for sharing!

  27. Ruby says

    Only thing that would make these better are real quality apples that don’t come from walmart 🙂 fun idea though I’m gonna try it.

    • not a food snob says

      Walmart has quality food, you just need to know what you’re buying when you go there unlike snobby places that have to explain what you are buying in order for you to spend twice as much for sometimes an inferior item.

      • B says

        Sooo not true. “Snobby” places have MUCH better inventory.. you pay for what you get. You like cheap and flimsy go to WM.

  28. Angel says

    Those complaining about the Walmart ads. If you are seeing them. It is because you have recently been to The ads you see are depended on what you have been to on your own computer. My ads are different because I have been looking up a lot of home repair stuff. It has nothing to do with her.

    • Ang says

      I’m positive people are talking about the fact that this is a sponsored blog post (stated at the top), Walmart is the one that is being plugged (low prices, variety, excitement about walmart etc) rather than any ads on their screen.
      That’s how sponsored blog posts work – you get a bit of pay to post positively about a product or business. It’s advertising in the blog itself, not the ads on the site.

  29. says

    Oh my goodness! These look like they are absolutely to die for! I HAVE to make them ASAP! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe! If you get a chance please stop by the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Link Party and link-up this or any other post as we would love to have you party with us!

    Wishing you a fabulous night!

    Much love,

    Lysa xx
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  30. Dottie says

    I will be trying this recipe for sure. And we think it is sad people can’t go a day without bad mouthing something, someone or some place. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

      • chuck says

        I tried a slight variation of your recipe. I used a golden delicious apple instead of the one you chose, and in place of the caramel, I used skore bites. It turned out quite wonderful. Paired it with turtle ice cream. If this seems like your kind of thing, i suggest giving it a try

  31. Amanda says

    These were great! However I left out the hard caramel and when they came out of the oven I poured a bunch of ice cream caramel sauce over it. Then topped it with the ice cream

  32. Pam says

    Though it would definitely gross me out to bite into the stamen/calex part of the apple 😛 I’d have to find a way to remove that and still make it work.

    • koolteach says

      Good grief. I’ve never seen so many silly people in one place before – if some of you aren’t making snide remarks about Walmart ads and apples (you elitist, Ruby), you are complaining about biting into the core THAT IS NOT THERE, Pam; READ the recipe!

  33. Edward says

    Lovely recipe, though if you’re shopping at WalMart, you’re not being part of the solution, you’re being part of the problem.

    • Mike says

      This. I almost clicked away when I saw the WalMart plug. I am guessing that means the poster is getting paid by WalMart which is even worse. I will not be clicking a link to this site again.

      • laura says

        I see nothing wrong with getting paid to plug for walmart. It takes effort to do a blog. I’d rather see someone work to make a living than sit at home and collect a check from “Big Brother”. Besides this is about recipes not politics. Good job Tonia recipe looks yummy can’t wait to try it.

    • Kim says

      The ads are dependent on YOUR OWN search history. Like my ads are for Dell (because we were looking for a new computer) and Chattanooga (because we are going there for spring break).

    • says

      I would like to know how to make these in a microwave or toaster/convection oven. If you tried it, Cathie, please post how much time, etc. you used and how they came out. Thanks!

  34. says

    I saw this posted by a friend at the perfect time! I was stressing yesterday when I found out before hosting a dinner party that the guest of honor is gluten intolerant. This recipe fit the bill, as was not only very easy to make (with gluten-safe flour), but was beyond delicious! I will be making this more often.

  35. Maddie says

    Hi…just read this recipe on Am certainly going to try this for my fam and friends. Love anything apple! I’ll rate it after I try it but what’s not to like with all the great ingredients.

  36. Sara says

    My husband and I made these for dessert this Thanksgiving, they were ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! I have am allergic to gluten so instead of using flour I used gluten free baking mix (GF bisquick), we also used pink lady apples in place of honey crisp and topped them with cool whip. We will definitely be making these again. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  37. Ciera says

    I’m going to be trying these out but wasn’t sure about using the caramel (some people in the family find some recipes too sweet) and thought about forgoing the caramels and just making a crisp to go on top of it? Has anyone tried doing this or is the caramel necessary for the end result?

    • Kelly says

      I’ve made them as the recipe goes as well as using one caramel and then brie cheese. The brie added some tang and blended nicely with the other flavors. 🙂

  38. Bill South says

    Definitely need more than an hour to finish. Added chopped walnuts to the second batch ….100% improvement. Great flavors!!

  39. Leigh says

    Now that hubby and I have eaten them, this is what we thought: They were okay but nothing special 🙁 I baked them for an hour and they still weren’t done. We didn’t care for the caramels sticking to our teeth and the spoon. I’m going to try the recipe once more to see if we want this added as a future dessert. The next time, I’m going to peel the apples, too. These are fun to make and the house smells wonderful. We like apples with cinnamon but this recipe just didn’t hit the spot 🙁

    • Carole G says

      There are caramels that DO NOT stick to your teeth. Usually made of all organic ingredients. I bought some in Vermont – produced by Red Kite Candy (a Vermont company) – that are awesome. And so soft that melting probably wouldn’t become an issue.

  40. Leigh says

    Finally, after all these years, I got to use my melon baller! lol Worked like a charm. Because I have celiac disease and can’t use wheat flour, I used corn starch. Should have thickened it before I put it on the apples, though. They’re baking right now but a lot of the topping is running out. The ice cream will sweeten them up if they’re too tart (at least that’s what I’m hoping).

  41. Katrina says

    Can’t wait to try this!! I’m going to bake some pie crust chips to go with – a complete deconstructed apple pie! Thanks for the great idea!!!

  42. Lisa says

    Tonia, we just finished your recipe!! It was a hit! My husband and daughter liked them so much, they wouldn’t stop eating long enough to say what they thought. Have you ever heard of “Apple Pie Baked in Brown Paper Bag”? They are made here in WI. The first bite I took of the Blooming Apple reminded me of those pies. The only thing missing was their special crust! Were you surprised at the number of comments you received?? I feel the need to comment to those who feel some of the comments were unnecessary. I remember when I first started cooking and baking. I decided to make a pie and use a frozen crust. I opened the package of crust and removed one of the crusts. I filled the crust with the filling and popped it in the oven. I was so proud. It was my first pie. Ever! (I was young, what did I know??). When it cooled, I cut a slice and took my first bite…..right into the paper divider that one often finds between 2 frozen crusts. It was a little embarrassing. But it was also good for a laugh. So for those who think some instructions weren’t necessary….maybe they weren’t necessary, for you. But maybe they were for someone else. For others who were upset about the ” snarkey” comments….”Chill!” Some of it was actually funny. We overreact way too often these days, when we should just close our mouths and be kinder. We’ve lost the ability to laugh at ourselves. We take things so seriously today. Take the time to relax and interact with others in a positive manner, but also be willing to laugh.. at yourself and with others.
    Again, Tonia, great recipe. Can’t wait to try the “Blooming Potatoes”!!

    • says

      I couldn’t agree more with Lisa! I can’t say I’m a great cook…my late husband sis all the cooking and I cry now when I cook…but this was fun and easy to try! Still in the oven as I type, and can’t wait to pull it out. Thanks for the great recipe. My 14 year old daughter will love how simply this is! …. Jennifer

    • Lisa ;) says

      Lisa ~ thanks for the review! I haven’t made this but thought my boys and husband would love it because they love apple pie, but I struggle spending more time making it than it actually lasts in the house! So this would be the perfect solution! I agree completely with your assessment of the comments! If you can’t laugh at yourself (because we have no trouble laughing AT someone) then you need to work on that. I’m going to get apples and caramels today 🙂 Thanks Tonia & Lisa!

    • Tina says

      I love your comments.
      I just found this and was reading all comments about it!
      I am one of THOSE who need the step by step instructions.
      I’ve never cooked most of my life because fear of doing it wrong, now I just laugh!
      Thanks for your positive comments!

    • Monique says

      Well said Lisa, thanks for the review…I totally agree with you….It is important to read all instructions; sometimes even when the instructions are all there, I tend to scan over and miss a few. Then I realize that something has to be missing and I re-read the instructions….The baked apple with caramel looks like a great recipe that I will try in the near future . Just by reading the recipe, I can tell it will be a hit…thanks for sharing Tonia

  43. Kris Miner says

    Just made these and they were fan-flipping-tastic! My daughter and I ate every last morsel. THANK YOU! I am a very novice cook, so it was fun to make something that was so yummy but so do-able. Can’t wait to do the potatoes next!

  44. Lonnie says

    This is a great recipe. What persuaded me to comment is the wording in your description of where to buy the apples. Why recommend Walmart when most people have local farmers and farmers markets that could use the business and probably have fresher produce? I’m a huge advocate on shopping local & we all need to support our local businesses and farmers and stop encouraging businesses that take jobs & money away from little towns. Just wish you would have gone there. It’s the farmers that feed us everyday…they work way too hard to pick those apples for Walmart to resell. Shop local-save your towns!

    • Brandee says

      I agree – We get our fruit from our fruit truck that comes to town once a month with the freshest fruit around, next to being able to pick it yourself. Alot of the fruits that people are getting in the stores are actually 6-9months old and sometimes up to 12 months old. We work closely with our growers and receive pesticide, GMO and chemical free fruits. 🙂 I love being able to support our small family farms & orchards that we get our fruit from & try to stay away from the large market centers.
      Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

    • Jackie says

      Lonnie, where I live nearly all of the farms are gone. So going to Walmart, Winco, Safeway…etc. is the only way to get fruit and vegetables. When there were farms in the area we were more than happy to go to them to get what we needed. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I am looking forward to it. Sounds delicious!

    • Lin says

      Farmers markets are all closed now. Our Walmart does buy local here in IL when available. So , its the Next best thing when the shops are gone for the winter. Besides, unless you’re buying organic, even some of the locals spray chemicals. Can I just freaking eat my apples without everyone going crazy on where they’re bought ?!?

      • Luna says

        Yes lin, yes!
        I’m so very tired of how much of a big deal everything has to be. Guess what? Gmos… they’ve been happening loooong before laboratories were set up to do it for them. What do you think happened when you splice two plants together? You genetically modify its makeup and DNA.
        It’s ask the same food, why harp on a person for wanting to spend less money? I’ve gone to farmers markets and I’m sorry, I just can’t afford their “organic” (which btw, means grown from the ground/earth if you go by textbook) overpriced goods. I can’t feed my family with less food, so I have to buy cheap.
        I myself, would love to be able to go ask the way back to when we had barter systems and live was much simpler. We live in today’s society where food already costs a lot as it is. It’s just the way of life to find the lowest prices.
        -end rant-

        • PGJU says

          Luna, there is a big difference in grafting two natural plants together to create a hardier hybrid, and actually splicing DNA from chemical pesticide poisons into our food, or genetically modifying a plant to withstand more and more of that pesticide being sprayed onto it. I do not want to consume either of those last two, which is what modern GMOs are all about. I would just go out and suck on a pesticide spray can if that was what I wanted. THAT is what the argument about “modern” genetic modification of our foods is about. And, if YOU want to suck down pesticides using either method one or two of the GMO process, then I have no problem with that. I just want every single thing containing GMOs in it labeled so that I can make the choice to avoid it myself.

  45. Deanna says

    I made these today and won First Place in the baking contest at work. Everyone loved them!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I think part of the success was that I found and used the recommended Honey Crisp Apples. They were EXCELLENT. And one thing that other people may need to know is that I made them the night before, covered, refrigerated them and cooked them this morning. The Honey Crisp Apples hardly discolored nearly at all. I was taking a chance by doing that but I didn’t want to get up before the crack of dawn to do the prep. I was extremely pleased when I peeked at the apples this morning and they were still beautifully white. I sat them on the counter until the oven was at 375 and then baked them as directed. However, it did take them about 45 minutes to become tender. Probably because they were not at room temperature when I placed them in the oven. Thanks again for sharing!!

      • Sharyn says

        All produce is genetically modified. Carrots don’t grow orange and sweet in the wild; they’re grown and fibrous. The Dutch developed carrots to honor Prince William of Orange. Wild avocados have less than a ml. of flesh; they were genetically modified to have lots of fatty flesh. Corn is the genetic bastardization of two different kinds of grain. Just because some fruits and veg are modified in sophisticated labs doesn’t make them any different from fruits and veg modified over generations of cross-breeding and interpolinating. We’ve just gotten good enough at it to feed more people with less space, putting less strain on the environment.

        If that means I get large, sweet, juicy apples instead of the small, fibrous, bitter crabapples the soil naturally produces, so much the better.

        • Laurie says

          There is a difference between cross pollinating and inserting pig genes in an apple to make its skin tougher and able to withstand traveling across country. I find most GMO apples to taste like nothing at all actually. I, like you, like things that taste better and are sustainable but lets be honest with the way we are modifying things. They aren’t just grafting apple strains together. I truly believe we have poisoned our food supply with chemicals of all kinds as well, but then again this is just someone sharing a recipe not someone who wanted to get into the discussion of GMO vs non GMO vs organic vs Raw.

        • says

          You may not think there is a difference in the modification of cross pollinating of vegetables that has been happening for years and modifying by inserting foreign genes and chemically altered seeds that are soaked in toxins, but I’ll bet your body knows the difference.
          Do you wonder why 64 other countries ban today’s GMO.. Do you wonder why the US doesn’t? Maybe because it’s big business driven not health driven. US is the leader in cancer, diabetes, allergies worldwide. Some people believe it has to do with the quality of the food we eat. Sorry- had to get my 2 cents in

        • says

          You are not talking about GMO the way they are mixing plant DNA with bacteria and viral DNA and even human DNA…you are simply referring to speciation of a plant. Germinating a plant with another of the same genus/species is what you are referring to and that is NOT a GMO plant. What you are thinking of has no harmful effects on the DNA of the people who ingest them. Get with the current terminology….GMO is Frankenstein’s monster when they cut the DNA of a plant and modify it so it has “stickey ends” that can receive DNA of any life form..not just one that is similar to the original organism.

      • Heather says

        GMO is when an organism is genetically modified to make it resistant to pests, diseases, or environmental conditions, reduction of spoilage, or resistance to chemical treatments (e.g. resistance to a herbicide), or improving the nutrient profile of the crop. The Honeycrisp apple is a hybrid of two other apples developed at the U of M. While one parent apple is not identified, the other is the Keepsake apple, another cultivar at the U of M. While they do hybridize their apples, they do not genetically alter them to withstand any of the above listed conditions. These apples are simply a combination of two other apples, much like you are a combination of two parents.

        I understand your desire to NOT ingest GMO crops, but know your information before you say why the apple is still white. They simply oxidize more slowly, much like an Asian Pear.

        • peaceofmind500 says

          Thanks for clearing that up. It needed to be corrected. Amazing how uninformed people really are. They hear something and take it as fact, which is such a shame If they only knew what GMO’s do to their bodies. I’d suggest subscribing to
          “march against Monsanto ” on facebook to be really informed.

  46. lisa says

    This was such a treat. I used granny smith apples instead of the honeycrisp; they were awesome. I also used the Werther’s Original chewy caramels, AND did the reheat! I have to say, I enjoyed the reheated apple more! I just reheated it until it was warmed to my liking. YUM YUM, thank you so much!

    • lisa says

      glad to know that granny smith apples work…using this tonight for Bunco but couldn’t find honeycrisp so I went for the ever faithful granny smith!!

  47. Kelly Michaels says

    i substituted sugar free caramels, coconut flour and agave syrup for a gluten free and low glycemic version. It was delicious! I used two apples but I cut the apples in half and scored them in a criss cross pattern for four smaller portion treats. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  48. Molly says

    I just made these with Granny Smith apples and since I didn’t have carmels I put Peanut Butter in the center and some carmel drizzle and the topping (minus the cinnamon) on top. It’s awesome. Just a variation 🙂

  49. Denise says

    I love this recipe! First time I made it just for two and placed the apples in individual bowls – small Correll ones worked great. The space allowed the apples to blossom open. Today, I’m making them the 11 and using a large baking dish. Either way, they’re definitely a family favorite! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  50. Kim says

    Any suggestions for the caramel for the inside of the apple and a good caramel sauce since I’ve never bought either of those before.
    Can’t wait to try these tomorrow!

    • Caitlyn says

      I couldn’t find any of the square caramels at the store, so I used Kraft Caramel bits I found near the chocolate chips and other baking supplies, and just filled the apples with them – maybe 6 or 7 each? For the sauce on top, we had a jar of smuckers caramel ice cream topping already – they turned out wonderfully.

    • Kelli says

      If you can find Mrs. Richardsons caramel you will be AMAZED!! I have tried ALLLLLLL kinds of caramels and this is by FAR THE BEST!!! We eat JARS of it at our place!! It has a brown label with a gold top. yummmmmmmm. I’m going to try this recipe tomorrow…can’t wait!!!

  51. Sheryl says

    These sound absolutely delish! How about using a melon baller to core the apples, if no apple corer is available? I know I use my melon baller to core all kinds of stuff ( remove cucumber seeds, pear cores, even hollowing out small pumpkins) 🙂

    • Ruth Walker says

      My mother said her mother-in-law used to say, “Put a pinch of salt in everything that has sugar in it and a pinch of sugar in everything that has salt in it.”

  52. Marian says

    Try a grapefruit knife.. It makes cutting that circular design oh so easy ! And yes Tonia, this recipe is oh so yummy !

  53. Cheryl says

    Have made these the past 2 nights using Coronado caramel sauce (really, really yummy I got to buy some more of it!)
    I have smaller apples so 20 minutes was all it took for them to get super soft
    But I found that turning them upside down gave me a bigger circle to work with & I was able to still make the two circle cuts….never as straight as yours though.
    Thanks for the recipe it is a keeper!

      • Cheryl says

        It was on clearance at Kroger. I didn’t think I would be able to taste a difference (it’s made with goat’s milk) but it’s really good. Thicker than other caramel toppings too

          • GWEN NEWELL says

            Krogers is associated with Fred Meyers and they have a lot of the same products In fact I think they own Fred Meyers.
            We don’t have a Krogers but we do have several Fred Meyers stores in Washington State Also Fry’s Grocery is owned by Krogers and they are all over Arizona

          • says

            I just wanted to tell you that Smiths grocery store carries Kroger products and they are delicious I haven’t tried this yet but I know they will be delicious and I am glad to know you can buy sugar free caramels. I will have to look for them. Thanks for this wonderful sounding rcipe I have been craving caramel apples

        • Dana Castor says

          The Coronado Caramel is Cajeta – Walmart also carries it. Yummy on toast also. There are three kinds of it too.
          You could also try Dulce de Leche – another canned caramel sauce.

  54. says

    Tonia, I would like to make them at work. Can the dessert be made in a microwave? I am on my way to the store and will bake two tonight at home. I enjoy sharing at work and thought it might work.

  55. Deysi says

    Hello, I am wondering if I make these for a dinner party can i make them the night before and just reheat or eat cold? Thank you

    • Tonia says

      Hi Deysi,
      Sorry, I have not tried that yet. I would suggest making a couple and storing them in the fridge overnight to see how it works. Let us know if you do try it! Thanks!

      • Sharon says

        Hi Tonia,
        I made this recipe for my card club (without practicing first) and they loved it! I made them the afternoon of the card party but did not cook them completely, let them cool and covered. A reheat in the oven for 15 minutes did not soften the caramel enough, so I put the entire pan of 7 apples in the microwave for 3 minutes and they were very good. Next time I think I will just reheat in microwave. After reading the comments, I offered chopped walnuts. Now my card club wants the recipe! Thanks for helping me make a great dessert.

  56. Matt McCombs says

    I’m going to try this but use individual Ramekins to bake them in. I know it won’t bloom as much but I’m not really worried about that part.

  57. Dawn says

    Does these keep well if made ahead
    for a dinner crowd for a dessert over a time span of say 4 PM to 8pm, do they reheat well?

    • Tonia says

      I have not tried that yet. I would suggest making a couple of test apples to see how it goes. Let us know if you do try it! Enjoy! ~Tonia

  58. Ashley says

    I made these for dessert tonight, and I too couldn’t get them to spread all the way. That’s okay though, they still tasted absolutely incredible. My whole family loved them, and that’s definitely saying something! Will definitely be adding this one to my recipe box!

    • Tonia says

      Wonderful! I’m so happy to hear that they liked them. I actually have one in the oven for myself, right now! I added a little maple syrup and oats this time.

  59. says

    Tonia – your blog is so fun – I love all of your details. I made this recipe and we LOVED it. I am sharing it on my blog on the 25th and giving you total credit. I linked everything to The Gunny Sack! Thanks for sharing!

  60. Vickie says

    I just made these and it was awesome…..I believe the trice for it doing the blooming apple is to get the core as close to the bottom as you can…thus giving it that blooming look..i used a melon scoop and got way to almost the bottom of the apple…hope this help anyone who is having no luck …

  61. Shari says

    I followed the recipe to the tee and my apples did not spread open like these pictures. I made sure I cut the vertical cuts all the way to the bottom . Any suggestion on what I may have done wrong?

    • Terry D says

      maybe your circular cuts were too far from the core? Or, you did not cut close enough to the core on the verticals?

  62. says

    I say why not just cut your apples up, take off the peel, I don’t care for it, and put everything on top of the apples in a baking dish?… I’m going to try it that way… might not be so talented to cut it properly to make the Blooming Apple… thanks for the idea though… 🙂

  63. Marcy says

    I’m making these for dessert tonight. Can they be made ahead of time ? So I can pop them in the oven while we eat dinner ?

    • Debbie says

      Yes, these can be made ahead. I’ve done it with regular baked apples lots of times. You just need to zap them in the microwave to heat. Because of the sugar, it should only take about 20 seconds each to heat.

  64. Kathryn says

    This looks scrumptious!!! I just wish I had seen this recipe 2 weeks ago when my granddaughters were visiting us from Australia, they would have loved this!!! Going to surprise my husband with this one!

  65. MafiaWife says

    Fun & fantastic recipe Tonia !! Our 13 yr old is a caramel apple lover, but just got his braces on last week. He was so bummed when we went to “Apple Hill” in El Dorado, CA this weekend!!!! I made these and it rocked his world!!
    Thank you Tonia for sharing this. I’m new here and excited to check out more of your posts!! <3

    • Michele Griffin Campione says

      Share the recipe with them and do a Skype call. If they are making them at the same titime you are you’ll have smellovision!

    • Lauren C says

      I think I might have a hard time with that too. I am thinking maybe an onion blossom cutter gadget would work for this .

    • MafiaWife says

      Sherry, you need tot use a short knife to score the apple half about 1/4 inch inside from the outer edge, and again 1/4 inch from the first score towards the center…. but not all the way through to the bottom. Then turn the apple over and make cuts all the way around…(like an onion, if you’ve ever seen that done.) Hope this helps.

  66. Karen Denise says

    What do you think about using two metal biscuit/cookie cutters- one a little smaller than the other to “cut” around the inside of the apple? I’m thinking my littles could help me with that part then. You could perhaps put the cutter on the counter “sharp” side up and press the flat side of the apple on to it but not all the way through.

    • Tonia says

      Sounds like a fun idea! I would love to hear how it works out if you try it. I think the hardest part will be getting the cookie cutter to go deep and enough and then pulling it back out once it is pressed in. Either way, I hope you and your kids have fun with this recipe! If they can’t help with the cutting, they could help with mixing the topping and adding the caramels.

  67. Sharon says

    This is absolutely genius. I love baked apples in the fall but never thought of anything like this. I used an apple corer but I think you have a better idea just scooping the core out. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  68. Karen says

    I’m going to try mine with a tsp/tbs of red hot cinnamon candies. Of all the suggestions given it just shows how u can make the recipe your own by adding, subtracting & substituting ingredients. Thanks for the start of a great recipe.

  69. Debbie Bell says

    I tried this with a snack size Snickers bar! The peanuts added some crunch to the middle and the chocolate just made it that much better. I added caramel sauce and chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips. Made a completely different taste, but equally delicious!*

  70. says

    This looks so delicious. I”m excited to try it. My husband loves apples and caramel so this is the perfect treat. Thanks for sharing, Tonia!

  71. Judy says

    I used to make the baked apples with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon, but this looks like a great fall recipe. Can’t wait to try it! I love carmel apples, so I’m sure I’ll love it!

  72. Joy says

    Just an idea for the diabetic readers. Use sugar free caramels and splendid makes a brown sugar for baking now. So your using the same recipe and just replacing the ingredients with the sugar free version. 🙂

  73. Moronberg says

    I’ve only read some of the comments so far, but read that someone asked about using other kinds of apples. Here is a helpful list from Betty Crocker showing several kinds of apple, texture, flavor, and uses.

  74. Moronberg says

    You could also serve it with graham crackers (or cracker pieces) or vanilla wafer cookie pieces, if you wanted a crunch or crust-like addition.

  75. J-Lynn says

    Thanks,Tonia for this easy recipe that tastes amazing! Next time I plan to use “caramel topping” and a few finely chopped walnuts or pecans for texture. This was my first time on the website and I was saddened to be so distracted by the petty, unkind attacks on a few people that asked honest questions. This is supposed to be a site to share recipes and learn new techniques. Honest questions are part of education folks. I hope this is not the way you speak to your children or other “face to face” when they ask honest question. The all-natural person did go overboard. But regarding GMO food here is a small snippet from a large scientific data base on the topic:
    ” Most GM crops are engineered to be “herbicide tolerant”―a deadly weed killer. Monsanto, for example, sells “Roundup-Ready” crops, designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide.
    Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. This is causing farmers to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Not only does this create environmental harm, GM foods contain higher residues of toxic herbicides. Roundup, for example, is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer”.

    My point, this does not even touch on the DNA altering effects of the GMO food itself. Since kids eat so many apples and apples are sprayed abundantly, AND children are small and they cannot tolerate large doses of medicines OR toxins, I would caution against using non-organic apples in recipes where the skins are eaten. Go check for yourselves–if you are on this site you can use the internet. Key in “GMO Food Dangers” and learn before you bully people online. Probably none of the “organic” comments would have appeared if Tonia hadn’t innocently suggested purchasing apples from Wal-mart. Be More Tolerant folks.
    Best of Luck with your Award, Tonia!!!

    • says

      I planted my own apple trees as soon as I moved here and try to harvest as much as the squirrels don’t spoil. ALL ORGANIC ONLY!!! My pears do so beautifully that it’s not the squirrels so much as people passing by that cause them to disappear.. My pear trees are real show offs! I encourage every one that can to plant your own. There are varieties that dwarf and can fit in a small front yard. When I was in an apartment temporarily I built troughs and had at least garden space on my third floor patio.

  76. Sandy says

    I would like to know if you can use Granny Smith apples instead of red ones? This would be a great recipe for Thanksgiving for those who have a hard time with pie crusts. I have never seen so many comments for a recipe, especially about caramel wrappers. Can’t they read? Very comical. Thank you.

  77. Jennifer Whitenack says

    This sounds soooo delicious! I am going to try it tomorrow with some granny smith apples. They are always wonderful apples for pies, so I hope they are for this as well! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  78. Debbie Jones says

    I may have to leave the brown sugar off the top for ( sweet reasons) but I definitely think I can handle a couple of caramels and Honey Crisp apples are my absolute favorite. thanks for posting the recipe.

  79. Sharla says

    Unbelievably fabulous ! Scrumptious and aromatic ! Perfecting the depth of cutting probably takes a couple of tries, but it was wonderful nonetheless ! Thanks so much … Definitely adding to our “favorites” dessert list ! Side note…. Love love LOVE the slightly firm texture of the apple, but if others like them softer, just bake a little longer 🙂

  80. Sloane Schuyler says

    This is a great recipe…
    There are some very unkind people responding to questions and I for one am not interested in someone being snarky towards me just because I ask a question for clarification
    Too bad, this seemed like a nice website
    Too many ‘mean girls’ for my taste

    • Regina says

      Girl don’t let anyone steal your joy. She is the one everyone is saying, is that really necessary. Enjoy the site. We all are not mean. Plus she may had a bad day or abused as a child. Just pray for her and keep it moving.

    • Tonia says

      Thanks Sloane! I hope you enjoy the apples! If you are ever concerned about asking a question, feel free to send it to me privately via the contact form.

  81. Carolyn says

    I just finished my first Bloomin Apple. It was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted! Made it for the family. Hardest part is cutting the apples, but the worked out great! Yum yum yum

    • Tonia says

      Fantastic! Thanks so much Carolyn! Yes, I would have to agree that cutting the apples is a bit fussy but worth it!

  82. Deb Rasch says

    I tried this awesomely tasty recipe! My only problem was I had to choose between very small or very large Honeycrisp apples.
    I picked the large and had to cook them longer. They were still very good!! My husband loved it as well. I love Honeycrisp, so I wanted to stick with those. :}

  83. Elena Fisher says

    Yummmmmmy!!!! Trying it this weekend when my kids are all here,they love apple pie and we live in apple country so ill go right to the little stands that the farmers here have set up looking forward to it!!1 Thank you for such a great idea :O)

  84. Penny says

    Mine are in the oven now. I put a tsp. of milk in the center with the carmel to slow the re -hardening with ice cream. I also put a sprinkle of salt on the apple before the topping for a salted carmel flavor. Can’t wait!

  85. Nadia says

    I think some of the posters just misunderstood unwrapped as unopened. That is why they were questioning the directions.

  86. Bridget says

    Thank you for this post!!! My mom used to make us baked apples in the fall, and she would sprinkle them with brown sugar and cinnamon,and pour a little cream over them. I LOVED them, but these look even better! I can’t wait to try!! Just wondering: do you think it sugar-free caramels would work? And Splenda brown sugar? I’m supposed to be on a diet…but I want one of these so badly!!! 😀

    • Tonia says

      Hi Toni,
      Thank you! If you can find small enough apples, it might work. I’m just not sure if you would get as much “bloom” because there wouldn’t be room for the apple slices to open. Happy Baking!

  87. darkink says

    I made these last week and they were delicious. However about an hour after eating one my throat swelled up and I was rushed to the emergency room. Apparently I’m allergic to Honeycrisp apples.

  88. angelie says

    Surprise, surprise! I just made them. It was really easy, and tasted great. I think I’ll just make these instead of pie, much easier, and I don’t have to mess with dough. Thanks dearie, they were great!

  89. Sharon says

    I want to try this. When I went to buy caramels at the store, I looked in the baking aisle; I looked in the candy aisle; I looked on the end displays. All I could find was those expensive Werther caramels(yes they make some soft ones now). I just can’t believe my store did not stock ordinary caramels like Kraft caramels! But like I said, that didn’t stop me. I’m going to make these tonight.

    • Beka C says

      Sharon, try looking in the fruit department. During the end of September through October, some our local stores move everything caramel there. Hope you are able to find them. Tonia, this will be my dessert for family dinner tomorrow. I also have a pear tree in my back yard and am trying to use the remaining pears before they fall. I’m going to try this recipe for the pears, too. Sound like tomorrow is going to be a fruit filled day. Happy Autumn, everyone!

  90. Hunter says

    I made these today and they were so delicious. I made a streusel and used it to top vanilla ice cream on the side. One of the best desserts I have ever made and the presentation is great! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  91. Rue says

    I made these yesterday and they were AMAZING! I used gluten free bisquick for the flour and milk maid butter rum Royals for the caramels because I don’t care for those square caramels. (Royals are those caramels with the flavors in the middle that you can usually only find in the brachs bins. If you don’t know them, you should go meet them. I’m not an ad, I just really like candy.) But two tiny changes for health and preference didn’t seem effect anything too much, (though my topping was pretty runny) and both my fella and I were very sad that I only made two last night. These are going to become quite common in my house. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  92. Jan says

    This is a simple idea that sounds fantastic. I plan on doing this tomorrow…..and it’s a recipe that people can adjust for their own tastes. Kudos to you.

    • Tonia says

      I’ve never tried that, but I agree with Katie that you would have to do something to prevent the apples from browning. Best of luck! ~Tonia

  93. Nequesha says

    WOW. I made these today, after saving up my calories. SOOOOOO GOOD! I used Royal Gala apples, which I think tasted just as good. The only thing was that my caramels and topping didn’t stay in the centre, but once I put it on a plate, I just spooned it back on top and put ice cream over it. Great recipe. Happy I tried it.

  94. says

    SCORE! I can hardly wait to get in the kitchen and surprise my family with this delicious treat.
    Way to go. These are easy to do, look yummy and everyone will enjoy a taste of Autumn. We will be adding this to our holiday traditions.

  95. Donna Smithd says

    Great idea, thanks I’m trying this on my DKG group meeting I. My home in Nov. thanks very much. You can use coconut flour, suppose to be more healthy for us. Thanks to all for sharing.

  96. Carrie S. says

    These look divine! I think these will be tonight’s dessert. Since I am gluten free, I am going to sub corn starch for the flour. Since it is a thickening only ingredient, using 1/2 the corn starch should suffice….i look forward to posting how it turns out!

  97. Rob Eastman says

    So, I was thinking…mixing some quick oats, with the brown sugar and butter topping would add an apple crisp type topping.

  98. Julie says

    If I wanted to make these gluten free, should I leave out the flour, try gluten free flour, or substitute corn starch?

  99. ann says

    Made these tonight for dessert – in the oven as we ate our meal. A thumbs up! My apples were still crunchy…were yours?

    • Tonia says

      I’m happy to hear that you tried them. Ours certainly weren’t mushy, but more like the apples in apple pie. Thanks Ann! ~Tonia

  100. Susan says

    I love this idea! I’ve used caramels in lots of other recipes before, and sometimes substitute Rolo’s or Milk Duds for the caramels to kick it up a notch and add a bit of chocolate to the final product, and now I’m wondering if these would be good that way. I always love those caramel apples that are drizzled with both chocolate and caramel. I’m seeing a taste-test in my future, with half made your original way and half made with Rolo’s! You are a very creative cook!

    • Tonia says

      Thank you Susan! My favorite way to eat caramel apples is when they are coated with mini M&M’s so I completely understand that line of thinking!

  101. Cathy Smith says

    Oh my good gravy, what kind of sweet torture is this? Ok if I try real hard I can justify this for a diabetic, ummmmm it’s fruit! my doctor is ok with the fat but the carbs is an issue, I know carbless candy!!! THIS IS what that’s for dinner tonite!! Bless you child for making the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away!!

    • Tonia says

      You are wonderful Cathy! How about using a sugar alternative, or cutting back on the sugar in the recipe to keep your doc happy? Enjoy! ~Tonia

    • Susan says

      Cathy, try Splenda brown sugar and just skip the caramels. One of the other comments said they made them without the caramel and they were still fabulous! I, too, am diabetic, but will gladly give up all my other carbs for the day to be able to eat one of these!

    • Cathy Smith says

      I MADE “EM!! Yeeehaw they were licious. My daughter tho, bless her heart, got honeycrisp apples the size of small cantaloupes. They took 3 caramels each. I really made only one change on just 1 of them, mine. I added a tsp of oats (heart healthy =) ya know). They took an hour but oh my good gravy were they good. Oh I did make my son in law’s Bourbon Caramel sauce to drizzle over the top. Believe me they were over the top. He said how can a baked apple taste so decadent? Well ya know there had to be something to that apple thing, or why would Satan tempt Eve with on, and I would bet it was filled with caramel, and topped with a completely evil combination or brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Thank ya Tonia and my family thanks ya, oh and my sweet Boston Terriers thank you also cause I made one for them.

      • Tonia says

        Woohoo! You are a hoot! I would love to get a cup of coffee with you so we could chat and eat decadent food together! I love that you made one for you Boston Terriers too!

    • Tonia says

      I would recommend serving them warm right after baking. Since they are so easy to make, try making a couple tonight and then see how are they are tomorrow. The caramels will harden as it cools so maybe if it does work, add caramel sauce to the center of the apples before serving rather than using caramel during baking. Best of luck!

  102. Darryne says

    These look amazing! Just want to say kudos to you for not responding to the negative nancy, or too much time on her hands Tina, but I’m not as sweet as you. Hey Tina, if all your time wasn’t spent putting other people down and putting yourself on your organic, homemade, GMO free pedestal N you would have time to chain yourself to the front doors are Monsanto, and really do some good. You are what is wrong with society, spend less time tooting your own horn and more time, doing something nice, like maybe, saying thanks for the idea. No one really cares how great you think you are. It is a recipe blog, and a good one at that, get over yourself. I totally understand if my comment has to be removed, but please let it stay long enough for her to see it. Might be her only wake up call.

  103. Dakota says

    Do you know the nutrition facts for these? Like the carb count? My daughter has Type 1 diabetes so I have to calculate the carbs for everything she eats. Thanks.

    • Tonia says

      Hi Dakota,
      If you make it exactly as listed, with medium size honeycrisp apples (2-3/4″ dia), the nutrition facts, according to MyFitnessPal, for ONE bloomin apple would be:
      Calories: 341
      Carbs: 56
      Fat: 13
      Protein: 2
      Sodium: 136
      Sugar: 45
      I am not a nutrition expert, so I would suggest doing your own calculations. I have a niece with Type 1 so I know how important know the numbers are! Enjoy!

    • Meagan says

      Omit the caramels and sub half the sugar for a well tolerated zero cal sweetner and they will still tatse amazing, that is how I made them.

  104. Jocelyn says

    I’ve been looking for different recipes to make with apples… My family loves apple desserts, was getting bored making the old standbys time after time… This is a new take on an old classic, we love it… Thank you so much for sharing it with us…

    • Tonia says

      Thanks Jocelyn! I totally understand! It’s fun to mix things up now and then. I hope your family loves these as much as mine did!

  105. sally says

    Hi Tonia,
    Saw the blooming apple today on Pinterest and I made them this evening. They turned out great. I didn’t have caramels in the house so I simply omitted them and filled the center with more of the brown sugar and butter. In addition, I used a homemade version of pumpkin pie spice. The whole concept of “blooming” the apple is superb! Next time I will be sure to add the caramels! Thanks for sharing.

    • Tonia says

      Hi Sally,
      Wonderful! I’m so glad they turned out for you and I’m happy to know that they taste great even without the caramels. Thank you for stopping back to let me know.

  106. Joyce says

    Do you leave the “blossom” at the lower part of apple throughout the baking time? At any time do you remove it or is that up to the person eating the Apple Blossom “Pie” to do?

    • Tonia says

      Hi Joyce,
      This was my first time making baked apples! I looked at lots of different baked apple recipes and I noticed that they do leave the bottom intact. It helps to keep the juices and spices inside the apple. Plus, for this recipe, keeping the bottom intact holds the apple together. Happy Baking!

  107. Tammy says

    I saw these a couple days ago on Pinterest and had to make them. They are so cute! I took them out at 25 minutes, but one was much harder than the other, so I put it back in for five minutes. It came out perfect! I don’t think you necessarily need two caramels, but either way this is a keeper. Thank you!

    • Tonia says

      Hi Shannon,
      I would suggest trying the same baking time for 6 apples. Check the apples to see if they are tender enough and bake a few minutes longer if necessary. Happy Baking!

  108. Cheryl says

    This is really good – thanks so much for the recipe ! Not sure that we get these apples in South Africa but sure that it will taste equally good with other types.

  109. Joanne says

    Hi, i’m in Australia and was just wondering what type of caramels you use? Are they lolly caramels or like fudge caramel?

  110. Liz Thompson says

    I bet it would also be delicious with condensed milk on top of the apples, instead of caramel and brown sugar. I gotta try this… Yummy!!!!

    • says

      Thanks. I was thinking the same. Nice looking recipe beyond the fake caramels and the questionable apples. You can always do what I plan to do which is purchase all natural caramels, make my own all natural caramel sauce, use my own homemade ice cream and get my apples locally from an organic farm that I know is also GMO and pesticide free.

      • angela says

        Hi Tina,
        While I can appreciate your wanting to eat and live healthier, before you go attacking everything about everyone else please put these things in your mind:
        1) Do you wear all natural, breathable cotton? Well, all of your cotton clothing items comes from cotton seed that has been genetically modified in order to increase growing production, decrease growing time, and increase the plants’ ability to fight pests.
        2) Are you a soy fanatic? While extremely healthy, soybeans for food production such as tofu are also genetically modified to increase those plants’ ability to fight off destructive pests and to increase the yield.
        3) Do you use (even organic) corn oil and corn syrup? All corn seed for corn grown to use with these items has been, guess what?, genetically modified for increased production to meet consumer demand. And even your organic red meat may come from cows that ate corn in their feed that came from these same plants

        Other readers, please be aware that there are, per the USDA, (3) three categories of “organic”, each being a little less chemically altered. Even the most organic category allows for the use of items such as Miracle-Gro. Buying locally of course has been proven to be healthier than ordering from across the globe. Living a healthy lifestyle will not make you more so for putting those down who may not do the same.

        • nancy hugick says

          Amen Angela!!! All the hipe about organic kills me.i for one don’t trust it.unless you have your own garden.i for one don’t care for bugs in an on my food., an real organic foods have bad spots etc.your right about all the other organic things.My mother is almost yes for yrs had here own garden but for yrs.when she couldn’t ate food from the store.everything in moderation.enjoy your life!! Apple sounds great…cant wait to try.

        • Sternberg says

          Buy local has never been proven to be healthier. That is pure urban legend. Every plant and every animal mankind has ever used for food or fiber, or any other purpose has been genetically modified over the years.
          It is nice to have your own garden and fruit trees, but not 1% of us could raise enough for our own subsistence.

    • Tonia says

      Hi Nancy,
      Yes, please remove the cellophane wrapper from around the caramels before putting them in the apples. Cellophane is not edible. If you don’t unwrap the caramels, the cellophane will melt into the caramels while the apples are baking the oven. Happy Baking!

      • Cathy robillard says

        I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this hard reading comments about a recipe . I will definitely try this during the holidays and I will remember to remove the wrapping from the caramels lol. Omg I can’t stop laughing

  111. Cathy says

    I only see one comment from someone that actually made these wonderful-looking Blooming Apples but they still had them in the oven.
    Has anyone made them and can comment on the finished product?
    Really interested in comments from people who made these.

    • Tonia says

      Hi Cathy,
      Not sure if my opinion matters, but I made them 3 times and they turned out great each time! Happy Baking!

  112. Codi says

    I found these on Pinterest earlier today and just had to try them! I got the apples from our commissary and spent the whole grocery store trip thinking about making these! They are currently in the oven and my whole house smells so good. I can’t wait for the next 20 minutes to be over so my husband and I can try these!!! Great idea!!!

  113. says

    Hi Tonia! I’ve been on a bit of a blogging break and was cruising pinterest and found this recipe. Oh My Goodness! The picture alone made me want to make this today! I was thrilled to see that it was you and your blog, which by the way, looks great! Thanks for sharing this recipe and I’m heading to the store today!

  114. says

    Growing up, admittedly, I had a bit of a love affair with apples. I just couldn’t get enough of them. Like you, we had an apple tree in our backyard as well. Earlier this week, my son and I went apple picking while my husband was at…so far I haven’t done anything quite this creative this year with apples…I will definitely have to give this one a try!

    • Tonia says

      It’s wonderful growing up with an apple tree! You get to eat apples whenever you want and enjoy baked treats. Thanks Julie!

    • Tonia says

      Thanks Jenn! I seem to be drawn to taking the step-by-step photos for some reason. Then, I hear other food bloggers take a max of 10 minutes to take their photos and I realize that I need to start doing a mix of blog posts…some with step-by-step pics and others with just the final dish.

      • Tonia says

        Hi Betty,
        The recipe calls for unwrapped caramels. Just remove the cellophane wrapper from around the caramels and throw them in the garbage before putting the caramels into the center of the apples. Happy Baking!

        • Annabelle says

          You can buy unwrapped Carmel bits now in the baking section. I find mine at Walmart but I am sure they are available everywhere. For those of us who may be cellophane challenged. They are about pea sized. Just throw a few in the apple, and your good to go!

          • Susan says

            I tried the caramel bits that come in a bag last year. Yuck! They are not nearly as good as the old fashioned Kraft caramels used to be.

      • Chantalle says

        omg … Stop right there .. Lol if you aren’t aware your suppose to take it off you shouldn’t be baking or eating caramels for that matter.

        • Holli says

          OMG LAUGHED SO HARD I SNORTED!!! Was thinking the EXACT same thing… and then I got worried… does this woman drive? If she does I’m turning in my license. On the upside, I’m pregnant and CANNOT WAIT to try these out! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

        • says

          What about peeling the apple first? Has everyone simply left the peel on? I’ve baked apples in the microwave that you core and place a teaspoon of brown sugar, walnuts and raisins, but I don’t like to eat that cooked peel.

        • Kellie says

          Not trying to start any drama, but Betty asked a simple question. Sure, those who cook/bake a lot may “know” to remove the cellophane, but there is no reason to be rude or impolite about it. I find it sad that people feel the need to respond with catty and sarcastic answers.

          That said, I hope you all have a terrific day, and Betty, you never know who else had the same question to ask!

          Thanks for the recipe, Tonia! Looks great!

          • Leslie Jester says

            Thank you. That’s exactly how I felt. I have severe arthritis in my hands and can sometimes not get my fingers to do simple things. I guess all the ladies with the catty comments are perfect specimens.

          • BETH says

            You Rock Kelly!! Love your response as you took the words right from my thoughts. Except I wish none of the cruel people a good day! You are a better spokes person than I!!

          • Pam Robertson says

            I agree Kelly. Perhaps she just misunderstood the directions. No need to embarrass anyone. Be nice people!

          • Susan Carmickle says

            I do not see the point of the caramels. You say in the comments that the ice cream makes them harden. I love a baked apple with just the sugar and cinnamon and flour is a nice touch.

    • Dianna says

      I am so happy to see this recipe!! MANY years ago my Grandmother made baked apples & all I could remember was the butter inside. Now I know she also added the caramel inside. After baking, we put Fresh whipping cream on top!! They lived on a farm with milk cows so the cream was separated from the milk & beaten with a hand beater!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about this!!!


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