Caramel Apple Bars

Kelly Williams

By
@WildfloursCottageKitchen

Mmmmmmm...need I explain? ;) :D
*For the holidays I cut these into much smaller squares and place them into decorative holiday candy papers or cupcake papers. (Depending on how I want to cut them.) (photo from bing images)


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Serves:

Makes 32 small squares or 24 bars

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Ingredients

FOR THE CARAMEL SAUCE:

1 cup
heavy whipping cream
2 cups
firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup
light corn syrup
4 Tbl.
butter
1 1/2 tsp.
vanilla
1/4 tsp.
salt, more if a saltier caramel flavor is desired

FOR THE CRUST:

1 cup
light brown sugar firmly packed
1 1/2
sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 tsp.
cinnamon
3/4 tsp.
salt
1/2 tsp.
baking soda
1 cup
flour
2 1/2 cups
rolled oats

FOR THE APPLE FILLING:

3 1/2 cups
apples (3-4 medium) peeled and sliced 1/2" thick
1/2 tsp.
salt
1/2 tsp.
cinnamon
1 cup
of the homemade caramel sauce

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 400. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and spray with butter-flavored cooking spray.
2
Prepare caramel:
Mix caramel ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring constantly, until it reaches soft-ball stage (230-234) using a candy thermometer. About 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
3
In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix crust ingredients adding in the first 5 until thoroughly combined. Then mix in flour and oats til crumbly. Scoop out 1 cup and set aside for topping. Place the remaining crums into prepared pan and press firmly to coat bottom.
4
In medium bowl, toss the apples with the salt and cinnamon. Arrange them over the crust. Drizzle one cup of the warm caramel sauce over the apples evenly, then evenly sprinkle with the remaining one cup of topping.
5
Bake 35-40 minutes until bubbly and the apples are just tender. Remove from oven and allow the bars to cool and rest until the caramel has set before cutting and serving.

Save extra caramel sauce for another use. Store in airtight container in fridge. Reheat in microwave to use.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts