Baked Caramel Apples

Baked Caramel Apples
Yields 6
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  1. 6 gala apples
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  4. ¼ cup prepared caramel sauce
  5. ¼ cup candied pecans, chopped
  6. ¼ cup chopped sugared dates
  7. 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  8. 2 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
  9. ½ cup coarsely ground gingersnap cookies
  10. Garnish: additional prepared caramel sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Slice ½ inch off the tops of apples, including stems. Set tops aside. Remove cores to within 1⁄2 inch from the bottoms of apples. Make holes 2 inches wide.
  2. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine cream cheese, brown sugar, caramel sauce, pecans, dates, and apple pie spice. Pulse until combined. Stuff each apple with about 2 tablespoons cream-cheese mixture. Dot each apple with 1 teaspoon butter. Replace apple tops. Place apples in a cast-iron biscuit pan.
  3. Bake until tender, approximately 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Remove apple tops; sprinkle with gingersnap crumbs, and replace tops. Drizzle with caramel sauce just before serving, if desired. Serve immediately.
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