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Caramel Apple Bars

Caramel Apple Bars

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Caramel apple bars make the best fall dessert! You’ll love these easy caramel apple bars topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.


Crust and Crumble

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Filling

  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)


1/2 cup salted caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. For the crust and crumble, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Fold in melted butter and vanilla until combined. Reserve 3/4 cup of dough for topping (keep chilled); press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust for 14 to 16 minutes, until lightly golden and set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
  3. For the apple filling, place apples and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Whisk together sugar, cinnamon, and arrowroot starch; add to bowl with apples and toss together until combined.
  4. Spoon apple filling evenly over the cooled crust and drizzle the apples with 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce. Crumble reserved dough over the top.
  5. Bake for another 35 to 40 minutes, or until topping is golden and filling slightly bubbly. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  6. Just before cutting, chill in the freezer for 10 minutes. Carefully lift parchment and place bars on a cutting board; cut into squares with a sharp knife. Drizzle with remaining salted caramel sauce.
  7. Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator and warm briefly before serving.


Apples: I used a blend of Fuji, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious apples.

Keywords: Caramel, Salted Caramel, Apple, Bars, Crumb Bars