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Caramel Apple Bars

 Caramel Apple Bars
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.
15-20 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 4-1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and brown sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Add flour, oats, salt and baking soda; mix well. Stir in
  • pecans if desired. Set aside 2 cups. Press remaining oat mixture
  • into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool

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Caramel Apple Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • before cutting into bars. Yield: 15-20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 267 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 266 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.