Sheet pan caramel apples is the easiest way to enjoy this classic fall favorite. The apples are already sliced and ready to eat with caramel sauce and delicious toppings!
Everyone's favorite fall treat is now easier than ever! Instead of messing with caramel dipped apples on popsicle sticks, and trying to keep your favorite toppings from sliding off, try this sheet pan recipe. Sheet pan caramel apples lets you enjoy all the fun tastes of this classic fall snack, without the headache of slicing through the hard caramel!
Why We Love This Recipe
Making caramel apples can be time-consuming and a lot of work. Here are a few reasons we like to serve sheet pan caramel apples instead.
- Kids love this as an afternoon snack and activity, especially during sweater weather.
- There's no guess work to when and how to add your toppings, because unlike a whole dipped apple, the toppings have no where to slide off!
- You can make a whole batch on a single sheet pan that feeds a lot of people in just minutes.
- There's a whole lot more caramel and toppings to each apple slice.
- Sprinkle various toppings into different sections to please every appetite!
If you want to make traditional caramel apples, try our Crock-Pot Caramel Apples recipe!
Equipment for this Recipe
It only takes a few items to make this recipe. First, you need a sharp knife and cutting board to slice the apples, and a microwave safe bowl to melt the caramel bits. Then, you need a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan to place the sliced apples before pouring the indulgent caramel sauce over top. Make sure it's rimmed so the sauce doesn't drip off!
Even though we're using a baking sheet, there is no baking time or need for an oven. To make sheet pan caramel apples, melt caramel bits in the microwave with a little cream, then pour evenly over the apple slices. Top sections with candy, chocolate chips, crushed pretzels, etc. and then let it cool a few minutes before everyone digs in. That's it!
Best Type of Apples
When we make caramel apples, we prefer granny smith apples. The tartness of the apples combined with the sweetness of the caramel is an indulgent treat. Large to medium apples work best, cut into about 12 slices each. Do not peel the apples!
You can get creative with the caramel apple toppings. We tend to grab whatever might be in our pantry and needs to be used up. Some of our favorite toppings are:
- Mini chocolate chips
- White chocolate chips
- Toffee bits
- Crushed pretzels (pair these with the toffee bits and you will thank me!)
- Crushed or chopped candy bars
For an even more delicious take on this fantastic recipe, drizzle melted white chocolate over the toppings. This takes it to the next-level!
How to Keep Caramel from Sticking
We lightly spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray to keep the caramel from sticking. You can use parchment paper or wax paper, but I find it easier to just use the spray.
More Apple Desserts
If you love apples, try these favorite recipes:
- Apple Pie Monkey Bread
- Salted Caramel Apple Dip
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Apple Pie Scones
- Dutch Apple Fritters
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Sheet Pan Caramel Apples
- large microwave safe bowl
- 4 medium Granny Smith apples , cored and sliced into 12 slices
- 11 oz. bag caramel bits
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Lightly spray large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Line apples slices in single layer on baking sheet.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine the caramel bits and heavy cream. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
- Pour melted caramel sauce evenly over apples. Top with favorite toppings. Let cool slightly and serve immediately.
- Store covered in the fridge for up to 1 day. Best served same day.
- For less creamy caramel sauce, use less heavy cream.
- Drizzle melted white chocolate over top for a more delectable treat.
- Best served same day.
- Nutrition information is an estimate only and calculated without toppings.
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