crock pot apple cobbler with salted caramel

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Such pretty, crisp, sunny autumn days we’re experiencing here in the Mississippi river valley. Saturday’s apple orchard jaunt, and yesterdays dinner on the patio of a favorite restaurant, were perfect.

I’ve been doing even MORE crock pot cooking and am actually done for awhile now. This apple cobbler with salted caramel was a wonderfully sweet and easy treat. YUMMY!

A couple things you’ll want to keep in mind when making this recipe. The caramel takes twice as long to make as the cobbler. If that doesn’t work for you, you can make THIS BUTTER CARAMEL RECIPE instead (it’s fast and easy and SO good.) If you decide to make the sweetened condensed milk caramel (dulce de leche) as indicated below, you’ll want to start it in the morning, and then start your cobbler 4 hours after that.

Something else to keep in mind… only make as much cobbler as your family and friends will be eating the same day. This cobbler is okay the next day, but not nearly as good as it is fresh. For 4 people, just cut the ingredients in half and cook in a 4 quart Crock Pot. For 8 to 10 people, make the recipe exactly as it’s listed here and make it in a 6 or 7 quart Crock Pot. Make the caramel the same way for both scenarios…you can always use it as an ice cream or homemade latte topping if you have extra.

for the salted caramel (dulce de leche) :

14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk (we like Borden brand)

1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt

Open the can and transfer the sweetened condensed milk to a short, wide mouthed canning jar. Cover tightly and place in a small (2 to 3 quart) Crock Pot. Pour water into Crock Pot around the jar until the water level at least reaches the milk line in the jar. Cover the Crock Pot and turn on the “LOW” setting. Check the color of your caramel after 6 hours. It’s done as soon as the color changes to a light gold color, and could be done anywhere between 6 to 8 hours. Watch the water line from time to time and add more if needed. When the caramel is done,  carefully remove from the hot water in the Crock Pot and set on a trivet on your counter to cool. When the jar is cool enough to handle, carefully remove the lid and stir, adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt (to taste.) Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. The caramel will thicken considerably upon cooling…just put a little in a ramekin and heat it for a few seconds in the microwave to thin it out enough for topping your apple cobbler or other desserts/coffee drinks.

for the apple cobbler:

3 (20 oz.) cans/jars whole fruit, chunky apple pie filling (your favorite brand or homemade)

1 (15.25 oz) box white or yellow cake mix (we like Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow)

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon cinnamon for sprinkling

whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional

Spray the inside of your 7 quart Crock Pot with non-stick cooking spray. Put all of the pie filling in an even layer at the bottom of the Crock. Sprinkle the cake mix over the top (don’t mix it in.) Drizzle the melted butter over that. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top. Cover Crock Pot, turn it on the “HIGH” setting, and cook for 3 hours (Crock Pot temperatures vary, so check the cobbler after 2 hours.) When it’s done, the crust on top of the apples should be completely set and the apples will be hot and bubbling around the crust. Cool a bit before serving and drizzling your salted caramel over. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you wish.

We served our cobbler in red transferware teacups and I think the presentation turned out so pretty…



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  7 comments for “crock pot apple cobbler with salted caramel

  1. Stephanie
    June 20, 2014 at 6:43 am

    We just always did our caramel in the can overnight on low, we never opened the can or put it into a jar

    • Melissa
      June 22, 2014 at 8:01 am

      That’s another way to make the caramel. 🙂 I’ve done it both ways with great results! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Stephanie! XO ~M

  2. June 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Sounds great… how do you think raw apple filling would do?

    • Melissa
      June 22, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Hi Linda! 🙂

      I bet the raw apple filling would work just fine. Great question. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the cobbler! XO ~M

  3. Leigh
    August 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    It’s peach season now – I’m going with peaches! This will be so yummy. Your ideas, your recipes, and your photography are all terrific. Thanks!

    • Melissa
      August 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Leigh! This is awesome with peaches! Good call 🙂 Enjoy! xoxo ~M

  4. Patty
    September 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

    What can you use for the caramel if you don’t have a small crock pot? I have a crock pot but it isn’t small

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