Caramel Apple Pizza

Who doesn’t like caramel apples? Since the weather has been so gloomy,  I thought it would be a good time to spread a little cheer, by sharing my two favorite caramel apple pizza recipes. The first one, is made using a sugar cookie crust, with the delightful addition of peanut butter. The second recipe’s crust, is made from packaged puff pastry.  Both pizzas are topped with homemade caramel syrup.  Kids and adults alike, will love these tasty gooey treats.

Recipe # 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 can (12 ounces) lemon-lime soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • caramel syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts or pecans

Directions

  • Press cookie dough into a greased 14-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Run a large flat spatula under crust to loosen from pan.
  • In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and milk until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust. In a bowl, combine the apples and soda; drain well. Toss apples with cinnamon; arrange over cream cheese. Drizzle with the caramel topping and sprinkle with peanuts or pecans. Cut into wedges. Yield: 8-10 servings

* If you’re running short on time, you can substitute by using ½ cup, of your favorite caramel ice cream topping.  

Caramel Syrup

  • 1/2       cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/3       cup corn syrup
  • 2          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/3       cup whipping cream
  • 1          Teaspoon rum extract or vanilla

Directions

  • In 1-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, corn syrup and butter to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened; remove from heat.
  • Cool about 30 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and rum or vanilla extract.

Makes two 10 inch pizzas, 6 servings each

Recipe # 2

Ingredients

Makes two 10 inch pizzas, 6 servings each

4           medium cooking apples, thinly sliced

1            tablespoon lemon juice

1/2       cup granulated sugar

2          teaspoons ground cinnamon

1          teaspoon ground nutmeg

1          package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened

1          egg

1          teaspoon vanilla

1          package (17.3 oz) frozen puff pastry, thawed

1          cup chopped nuts, toasted

Directions

  •   Heat oven to 400°F. Line 2 cookie sheets or pizza pans with foil or cooking parchment paper. Make caramel syrup.
  •   In medium bowl, mix apples and lemon juice. Stir in granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  •   In small bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla on medium speed until blended.
  •   Roll each sheet of pastry into 10-inch square on foil-lined pizza pan or cookie sheet. Cut each pastry square into 10-inch circle. Place scraps in center; roll into pastry.
  •   Spread half of cream cheese mixture over each pastry round. Arrange apple slices on cream cheese. Sprinkle with nuts. Drizzle about 1/4 cup caramel syrup over each pizza.
  •   Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Pour remaining caramel syrup over hot pizzas. Serve warm.

* If you’re running short on time, you can substitute by using, ½ cup, of your favorite caramel ice cream topping.

Caramel Syrup

  • 1/2       cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/3       cup corn syrup
  • 2          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/3       cup whipping cream
  • 1          Teaspoon rum extract or vanilla

Directions

  • In 1-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, corn syrup and butter to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened; remove from heat.
  • Cool about 30 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and rum or vanilla extract.

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