For nearly 33 years I’ve avoided making cinnamon rolls. I’ve made them from a can a million times. But the kind you make with dough? And yeast? And I don’t even know what else? I have never been brave enough or what’s-the-opposite-of-lazy enough to attempt them.

My darling husband, however, has kindly asked that – out of all the dishes that I could take to his family’s Thanksgiving dinner – I make cinnamon rolls.

So, check back with me next week. Fingers crossed that I’m here to share The Cinnamon Roll Recipe That Worked – and not the Thanksgiving Dinner That Went Awry.

In the meantime, I can definitely share an apple recipe (from A Cook’s Quest) that worked! This is one of the fall recipes I couldn’t wait to try. Really, any baked good with apple or pumpkin is sure to make my must-bake list, and I’m glad these did.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 tsp vanilla
2 cups applesauce
3 cups caramel candies (about 50)
4 tbsp heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In separate bowl, mix together eggs, sugars, oil, vanilla and applesauce. Combine wet and dry mixtures. Pour into 24 muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes.

While the cupcakes are baking, melt together the caramels and cream. I did it on the stove over medium heat and it took several minutes. You might try the microwave. Or you might be more patient than me. Either one.

Because the caramel is runny when it’s hot, it’s practically impossible to use it to “ice” the cupcakes. Instead, I picked up each cupcake and dipped it in the caramel sauce. It’s still messy but not as bad as if I’d been spooning or pouring it on.

Messy, however, is just part of the equation when it comes to these mini apple cakes. So if you’re averse to mess – or if you are wearing braces – these might not be for you. If, however, you love apple and caramel and don’t mind sticky fingers or chins, try these now!

How do you feel about messy treats and foods? Also – because I’m taking a poll – how do you pronounce the word, “caramel”? Care-uh-mell? Or car-uh-mell?

This post will be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, 33 Shades of Green, Sweet Tooth Friday and Foodie Friday.

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