Caramel and apples make a perfect match and putting the two together in bar form is no exception. Did you hear that? Bar form! Yes, that means you can pick these up and take a bite out of them. You can’t do that with apple crisp or apple pie! If you want to dress this dessert up even more, place it on a plate and top with some vanilla ice cream and dig in with a fork, but you don’t have to (unlike that pesky pie and crisp that everyone seems to think needs either ice cream or whipped cream)!
I want to know who said Thanksgiving dessert has to be pie? I think Caramel Apple Bars would be the perfect ending to the big turkey dinner. Save yourself the hassle of rolling crusts this year. 🙂
I use my yummy homemade caramel sauce. You’ll have about 1/2 cup leftover to top ice cream, drizzle into apple cider, or I suppose you could even drizzle each serving of these bars with even more caramel.
(And remember that fabulous apple pie ice cream recipe I posted a while back? You could easily substitute these bars for the pie!)
- 1¾ cups flour
- 1⅔ cups rolled oats
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 14 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup caramel sauce
- 3 cups of diced peeled apples
- Combine oats, flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Mix. Add in softened butter and stir until mixture comes together.
- Press a little over half (around 2½ cups) of the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread diced apples over the crust. Drizzle apples with caramel sauce and top with remaining oat mixture.
- Bake for 25 more minutes.
- Cool and cut into squares.
For another great fall dessert, check out this Pumpkin Cheesecake:
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