caramel apple pecan bars

★★★★★ 14
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By sharyl maacks
from Newfane, NY

These bars are sticky and yummy! I didn't put pecans on the top of the ones in one of my pictures but the next time I made them I did. They were so much better.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Caramel apple flavor in bar cookie form...love, love, love! These aren't the type of cookie bar you can eat with your hands. They're ooey gooey so you'll need a plate. They have a crunchy cinnamon crust and a caramel apple center. Each bite tastes like fall. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and it's the perfect autumn dessert.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 14
serves makes about 24 squares
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For caramel apple pecan bars

  • 1 pkg
    caramels, unwrapped (14 oz)
  • 5 md
    fist-sized apples (I used Cortlands), peeled, cored, & sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1/2 c
    melted butter
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    + 1/4 c coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 c
    milk

How To Make caramel apple pecan bars

Test Kitchen Tips
Make sure you have all your ingredients ready to put on the bars when the crust comes out of the oven. You don't want it to cool down too much before continuing to bake.
  • Greased baking sheet on a pre-heating oven.
    1
    Preheat oven to 350. Grease or spray a 9 x13 pan.
  • Flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
    2
    Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Combining brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and some of the chopped nuts.
    3
    In another bowl, mix brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and 1 cup of the chopped nuts (keep the other 1/4 C for topping).
  • Dry ingredients added and reserving batter.
    4
    Stir in dry ingredients. When well-mixed reserve 1 cup for topping.
  • Batter poured into pan and baking in the oven.
    5
    Pour into pan (it may be hard to spread but it will eventually, lol). Bake that for 20 minutes.
  • Caramels melted and combined with milk.
    6
    While baking, melt the caramels and milk in the microwave 2-3 mins. Stir carefully after each min (this is also not easy to do but it eventually will get smooth and creamy. Cool that for 5 minutes.
  • Apple slices added to the dish.
    7
    When the crust comes out of the oven, drain any juice from the apples. Pour the apples on the crust and spread evenly.
  • Caramel poured over the apples.
    8
    Then pour the caramel over the apples staying about 1/2" away from the edges.
  • Reserved batter dolloped on the caramel.
    9
    Then drop teaspoons of the reserved batter over that spreading as well as you can. Sprinkle with reserved chopped pecans.
  • Baking dish back in the oven.
    10
    Return to oven and bake for 15 - 20 minutes at 350. Cool well before trying to cut.
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