A Tasty Twist on Thanksgiving Treats

Instead of the usual assortment of pies, this November we’re sharing two non-traditional Thanksgiving desserts that have brought joy and lasting memories to the Spelts family.


Caramel Apples

by Melissa Spelts

I have fond memories of Thanksgivings with the Spelts side of the family and the smell of yummy food coming from the kitchen. We are very blessed with good cooks in our family. Our cute niece had the brilliant idea to make caramel apples and sell them. Seriously, such a smart idea. First of all, who can resist that cute face? Second of all, the cousin “peer pressure” is real. If one person buys one, everyone else will want one! They turned out great! This recipe is simple and super fun for the whole family to make.

10 Granny Smith Apples (the green ones)
3 Werther’s Original Soft Caramels (10.8 oz bags)
6 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
Sticks (wooden ones are best)

Step 1: Wash apples really well, making sure the wax is off the apples. Dry well, remove the stems and add the sticks. Place them on parchment paper ready for the caramel.

Step 2: In separate bowls or paper plates put your smashed Oreo cookies, Heath bars, mini M&Ms, Reese’s pieces, melted chocolate and white chocolate, etc.

Step 3: In a microwave safe bowl, place your unwrapped caramels and heavy whipping cream. Microwave for 30 second intervals stirring in between.

Step 4: Once caramel is ready, dip apples in and spoon caramel all over the apple until it is evenly covered. Hold it over your bowl of caramel until excess caramel comes off. Then roll in your candy bar bits, crushed Oreo, and/or M&M’s. Drizzle chocolate all over the apple.

Step 5: Place in fridge and let caramel cool.

Step 6: EAT! Yum!

Molasses Sugar Cookies

by Chelsea Schulze

1 1⁄2 cups shortening
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1⁄2 cup molasses
4 tsp. soda
4 cup flour
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. salt

Melt shortening over low heat. Let cool. Add sugar, molasses, and egg. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to 1st mixture. Mix well. Chill. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy!

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