Caramel Apple Bars

Jennifer, Bake or Break

What is it about apples and caramel and cinnamon that immediately make our taste buds stand up and pay attention? I know I’m not alone in that feeling.

Those fantastic flavors are translated into bar form with this recipe. If all the apple and caramel goodness weren’t enough, the crust is packed with butter and oats and cinnamon. Put it all together, and you’ve got layers upon layers of deliciousness!

Caramel Apple Bars
By Jennifer
Makes 24 (2 1/4-inch) bars

Crust Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Caramel Ingredients:
6 ounces soft caramels (18-20 caramels)
1/4 cup heavy cream

Apple Filling Ingredients:
3 large tart apples (such as Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Fuji)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9”x 13”x 2” baking pan.

To make the crust, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add cold butter and mix with a pastry blender, a fork, or your hands until mixture is crumbly.

Remove about 1/2 cup of crust mixture. Set aside.

Press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 16-18 minutes, or until crust is lightly golden. Set pan on wire rack to cool slightly.

To make the caramel layer, place caramels and cream in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Immediately pour caramel over partially baked crust and spread evenly.

To make the apple filling, chop apples into small pieces (1/4-1/2-inch). As you chop the apples, place them in a medium bowl and toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.

Place butter in a large pan over medium heat. When butter has melted, add chopped apples. Cook about 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add sugar and cinnamon and continue cooking another 8 minutes, or until apples are softened.

Spread apple mixture evenly over caramel layer. Scatter reserved crust mixture over top of apple filling.

Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bars are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars.

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  1. Laura chapman said:

    absolutly love this sight and the recipes on it <3 just want to thank you for sharing your sight with all of us…

  2. going to try these, being lazy and don’t want to go to the store for carmaels, do you think I could make caramel sauce with sugar and butter and cream and use that? or do I need to get dressed and go to the store? :o)
    may try it with the sauce and will let you know how it goes. it does stand up once it cools, so i would think it would work!