Cookies & Cream
Insert sticks into 6 Granny Smith apples. In large bowl, combine 1 bag white chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons shortening. Microwave 1 minute, stirring halfway through. Dip apples in chocolate mixture. Drain and place on tray lined with foil. Let set for 30 seconds, then top with 10 chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreo).
PB & Toffee
Insert sticks into 6 Gala apples. Microwave 1 1/4 cups peanut butter chips and 1 tablespoon shortening in bowl for 1 minute. In another bowl, microwave 2 bags unwrapped caramels and 3 tablespoons water for 2 minutes, stirring often. Dip apples in caramel and set on foil coated with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with 2 chopped toffee bars (such as Skor) and drizzle with peanut butter mixture.
Insert sticks into 6 Rome apples. In large bowl combine 2 cups cinnamon candies (such as Red Hots) and 4 tablespoons water. Microwave 4 to 5 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Dip apples in liquid. Drain and place on foil coated with nonstick cooking spray. Top with red sprinkles.
Originally published in the October 17, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.