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Caramel Apple Bars

Bars as American as (Caramel) Apple Pie

Though these bars may be crumbly, sticky, and a tad bit homely, I absolutely recommend them. Why? Layer after layer of flavor — buttery shortbread, salty-sweet caramel apple slices, and a nutty oat topping — add up to a dessert that tastes like the best parts of apple pie, crisp, and caramel apples.

A word to the wise: don't skip both greasing the pan and lining it with parchment; otherwise they won't release from the pan properly and will be a pain to clean up.

Caramel Apple Bars

Caramel Apple Bars

Notes

These bar cookies are less sturdy than some. For best results, use a sharp knife to cut into squares and a very thin spatula to remove them from the pan. (They still will be a bit messy.) The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days or frozen for up to a month.

Caramel Apple Bars

Ingredients

Butter, for greasing the pan

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

For the filling:
2 pounds tart apples, such as Pink Lady or Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (10 ounce) jar caramel sauce, such as Fran's

For the crumble:
1/4 cup (2 ounces) brown sugar
1/4 cup (1 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup lightly toasted pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons butter, cubed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the inside of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper so that it hangs over the edges.
  2. Make the crust: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut the butter in using a pastry cutter or the tines of a fork until it is in roughly pea-sized pieces and a very loose, shaggy dough has formed. Transfer to the baking dish. Spread it out evenly over the dish, and press it in firmly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and fragrant.
  3. Make the filling: Meanwhile, toss the apples in a large bowl with the salt and cinnamon. Arrange the apples over the baked crust. Evenly drizzle with caramel sauce.
  4. Make the crumble: Whisk together the brown sugar, flour, pecans, oats, cinnamon, and salt. Rub the butter in with your fingertips until a shaggy crumble forms. Evenly sprinkle the bars with the crumble topping.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until crumble is just starting to brown.
  6. Let the bars cool completely, and then use a large chef's knife to cut into 2-1/4-inch (or smaller) bars.
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Swp2885 Swp2885 8 years
all i can say is HOLY MOLY! this is amazing- i decided to make this this afternoon and i'm in caramel heaven- I added some raisins and used butter toffee pecans(like i needed any more sugar haha) and these are just the gooeyness i was hoping for what a great recipe yumsugar!
kkbutler kkbutler 8 years
this looks de-lish! And I'm not a big pie fan, so it being in a bar form is so enticing!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
you're making me very hungry! man, these look delish!
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
That looks so good.I'm going to make that.
Scarlet Scarlet 8 years
YUM! Thanks for the pictures.
ngocapella ngocapella 8 years
Wow, these are going on my Thanksgiving recipe test list. :)
kstraw23 kstraw23 8 years
i just might have to try making these :)
brenababy brenababy 8 years
Oh My goodness those look delicious!!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
they look great!!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Wow! So luscious looking!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
oh man! i want to make this right now!
Tech Tech 8 years
I have to say, these were splendid - and not just because I provided the apples! Yum delivered with her usual baking skills, they were sweet, tart and buttery. When I do eat apple pie I usually crave vanilla ice creme with it, but these bars were perfect without it.
arihm arihm 8 years
I think I just died and went to heaven.
Chica-PooPoo72 Chica-PooPoo72 8 years
Oh I'm so going to make that this weekend!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I was about to say, this is PERFECT considering autumn is fast appraoching! yummy! thanks yum and party! :feedme:
askmetostay askmetostay 8 years
geez louise these look awesome...if the weather will ever cool down here, they'll be perfect!!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
These were quite tasty, like apple pie but with no crust. Just the filling which in my opinion is the best part!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
:drool: all i need is some vanilla ice cream!
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
That sounds really simple and delicious. I'll have to try it sometime.
valepere valepere 8 years
Oh wow these look de-li-cious!
llendril llendril 8 years
wow. they look absolutely amazing. i, uh, need to step away from the computer right now. just until lunchtime, after i've eaten and can maybe stop wanting to have one of these so much!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Yummy!
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