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Caramel Apple Crumb Bars

These delicious Caramel Apple Bars feature a brown sugar crumble, cinnamon apples and a generous drizzle of salted caramel sauce. You'll love this easy fall dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 9 -12
Calories 226kcal

Ingredients

Crumb crust and topping:

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup good quality caramel sauce plus more for serving (see note)

Apple filling:

  • 3 generous cups peeled, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples (about 2-3 apples)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x9 square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy and combined. Add flour, oats, salt, and baking soda and beat until combined and crumbly, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Reserve 1 ½ cups for the topping. Press the remaining crumble mixture into the bottom of the greased 9x9 pan, pressing it into an even layer.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for apple filling. Toss until well combined. Dump the apple mixture on top of the crust and spread it out evenly. Crumble the reserved topping over the apples, pressing some of it together to form clumps.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender (insert a sharp knife to check). Place on a wire rack to cool slightly. Drizzle with ⅓ cup caramel sauce. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled. Note: The bars will cut more neatly if chilled. Optional: top with ice cream and additional caramel sauce.

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Notes

Use good quality, fairly thick caramel sauce. I used Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramel sauce. Homemade salted caramel sauce would be great, too. If you can't find salted caramel sauce, you can use regular caramel sauce. Just lightly sprinkle the top of the bars with a little sea salt to add some balance to all the sweetness.

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg