Caramel Apple Bars Recipe
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Caramel Apple Bars Recipe

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These bars make a great fall dessert. We like to warm individual servings in the microwave and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It quickly became a family favorite. Maybe it'll become one of your family's, too. —Carol Stuber, Osawatomie, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:15-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 15-20 servings


  • CRUST:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 4-1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 267 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour, oats, salt and baking soda; mix well. If desired, stir in pecans. Set aside 2 cups. Press remaining oat mixture into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. For filling, toss apples with flour; spoon over the crust. In a saucepan, melt the caramels and butter over low heat; drizzle over apples. Top with the reserved oat mixture.
  3. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars. Yield: 15-20 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Bars in Country Extra September 1993, p51

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newrecipejunkie User ID: 876567 237150
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"Just made these for our adult kids' fall birthday party. (They were all born in the fall.) These bars were a big hit. I made them as written but omitted the nuts due to allergies. Unwrapping all the caramels and then worrying about them burning was a pain. Next time I will try warming a jar of caramel ice cream topping and drizzling that over the apples."

kshea User ID: 2698812 26185
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"these are great. We use ice cream on top of each bar or they are toooo rich!"

jcarccall User ID: 3258253 39783
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008 Edited Oct. 3, 2016

"Eat these hot with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and you will enjoy a little piece of heaven."

jslvsclf User ID: 919747 16396
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2008 Edited Oct. 3, 2016

"The caramel burned when I went to do something else, so I did not use it. But the bars were very good without it!!! I eat them cold."

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