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This recipe is from Stacy’s college roommate and Stacy usually makes it as an appetizer for her daughter’s birthday which is in early November.  It makes quite a bit, so feel free to cut it in half or further.  Apples or pears are especially good paired with this dip, as are gingersnap cookies. 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

4 c. powdered sugar

2  8oz cream cheese, softened

30 oz pumpkin puree (about 3 ¾ C)

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

 Blend sugar and cream cheese; add remaining ingredients.  Serve with apples, pears, or spicy cookies.

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Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

1 c. sugar

1/8 tsp salt

3/4 c. white corn syrup (Karo syrup)

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Combine all ingredients in a heavy sauce pan.  Cook over medium heat.  Stir gently but constantly to 230 degrees on candy thermometer (about 30 minutes).  Remove, cool slightly, stir in 1/4 C. butter and 1 tsp. vanilla.  Spread over apples (Jonagold, Cameo, small Honeycrisp, Gravenstein, or other crunchy/slightly tart apples work well).

 Yield: covers about 8-10 apples

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