You will need 12 wooden ice cream sticks 12 medium apples, stems removed 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar 2/3 cup cocoa
Optional for decorating apples: chopped peanut butter chips chopped or mini chocolate chips chopped vanilla chips flaked coconut colored spinkles chopped nuts
Editor's note: For children with allergies to peanuts, replace the peanut butter chips with butterscotch or mint for a different twist!
Insert wooden stick into each washed and dried apple. Cover a baking sheet or tray with waxed paper.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together peanut butter chips and oil. Microwave on high 1-1/2 minutes or until chips are softened. Stir until melted.
Stir together confectioners' sugar and cocoa; gradually add to melted chip mixture, stirring until smooth. Microwave on high 1 minute or until very warm.
Dip apples into mixture, twirling to remove excess coating. (If coating becomes too thick, return to microwave for a few seconds). Roll coated apple in chopped chips or coconut if desired, or sprinkle toppings onto apples. Allow to cool on prepared baking sheet or tray.