Caramel Apple Bars III

    40 mins

    These bars taste like caramel apples, but without all the fuss!

    95 people made this

    Makes: 36 bars

    • 220 g packed brown sugar
    • 115 g butter, softened
    • 50 g shortening
    • 220 g all-purpose flour
    • 120 g quick cooking oats
    • 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 560 g apple - peeled, cored and chopped
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 25 g all-purpose flour

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, butter and shortening until smooth. Combine 1 3/4 cups flour, oats, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Set aside 2 cups of this mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan.
    3. In a medium bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, then toss them with the 3 tablespoons of flour. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the prepared crust. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt caramels, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the melted caramels evenly over the apples. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the top of the apple layer. Press down lightly.
    4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender. Cut while slightly warm and refrigerate any leftover bars.

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    I'm not really sure how to rate these. My husband thought that they were okay and honestly he was a little disappointed. I did like them, they reminded me of an apple crisp with carmel. However, prep was ridiculously long due to the caramels. I would recommend buying a caramel sundae sauce and just drizzeling it over the apples, it would make the process a lot easier.  -  10 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious and moist! Substituted caramel ice cream topping for unwrapped caramels and had no problem getting topping evenly over apples. I heated the topping in the microwave to make the consistency a little thinner which made it easier to pour.  -  12 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were quite good, but they do fall apart a bit when you try to cut them while still warm as the recipe suggests. I melted the caramels on the stovetop in a non-stick saucepan with a tablespoon or two of water added and they came out smooth. Rather than try to "spread" the caramel, I just drizzled it over the top of the apples with a spoon and it worked out fine. The prep time for this is quite a bit longer than 15 minutes though....I'd say at least 30 minutes; baking time is accurate. Be sure to use real butter in the DOES make a big difference in the taste. We liked these better chilled than fresh out of the oven. Quite addicting husband keeps asking for them. Thanks!!  -  08 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)