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Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Caramel Apple Pie Bars have everything you love about classic apple pie but so much easier and better in bar form.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple dessert recipes, fall desserts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 353 kcal

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • caramel sauce homemade or store bought

Apple Filling:

  • 3 large apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced (I used a mix of Granny Smith & Gala)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on all sides for easier removal of bars. Set aside.
  2. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt together. Stir in flour and mix until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 8-12 minutes until lightly golden.
  3. Meanwhile prepare the filling and streusel.
  4. Make the apple filling: In a large bowl, place the sliced apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together and gently toss until the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.
  5. Make the streusel: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Stir in oats. Using a pastry cutter, two forks or clean hands, cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  6. Remove the crust from the oven.
  7. Layer the apple filling evenly on top of the warm crust, pressing them down to fit. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the apples and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. To speed up chilling time, place in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  9. Remove bars from pan using the overhang from the foil or parchment to lift.
  10. Cut into bars. Drizzle each bar with salted caramel sauce.

Recipe Notes

Store baked cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Adapted from Canadian Living

Nutrition Facts
Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar (1/12 recipe))
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 108mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 18g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 7.9%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.