My niece, Angela, recently sent me this recipe from delish.com for caramel apple gelatin shots and I’m so glad she did. And so were the guests at the gathering where I served them! These tasty treats are like caramel apples with an added punch and I love how wonderful they look — they just scream autumn to me (of course you can enjoy them year round.)
These shots are really not hard to make — what took me the most time was unwrapping all of the caramels. I couldn’t find Salted Caramel vodka at the liquor store so I used Kissed Caramel vodka instead. I also switched out the plain caramels for sea salt caramels — I’m pretty sure these changes didn’t make a big difference.
To melt the caramels, I coated a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray, added the caramels and cooked them on high for a minute. I stirred them and cooked them for an additional minute, until they were completely melted.
- 4 Granny Smith apples
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1¾ cup apple cider
- 2 packets gelatin
- ¼ cup melted soft caramels
- 1 cup Salted Caramel vodka
Cut the apples in half, down the stem. Remove the stem and use a melon baller to hollow out the center of each apple.
Brush the insides of each apple with lemon juice. Place each apple hollow side-up in the cups of a muffin tin. Set aside.
Pour the cider into a saucepan. Sprinkle both packets of gelatin on top and let it sit for two minutes. Once a shimmery film forms on top of the cider, place the saucepan on a burner, turning it to low heat.
Whisk the gelatin into the cider until dissolved, then whisk in the melted caramel. As soon as it’s combined, turn off the heat. Add vodka and stir.
Pour the mixture into each hollowed-out apple. Refrigerate for at least four hours, or until firm.
Place the apples gelatin-side down on a cutting board and cut into wedges.
Enjoy with friends and remember, don’t “drink” and drive!