Caramel Apple Pie Bars!

Caramel Apple Pie Bars!

These bars are the first apple dessert that I’ve ever made – and they turned out great! I loved the combination of the apples, streusel topping, and delicious crust, as well as the caramel drizzle on top. However, I will definitely use more apples next time, as they were quite overpowered by the taste of everything else combined.

Here’s what I specifically did for my batch of these apple pie bars!

  • I used one Pink Lady and one Granny Smith for the two apples that I neededΒ – just like the original recipe recommended.
  • I substituted margarine for the butter in the streusel part because I used the rest of the butter we had for the crust. Oops! They still tasted wonderful, which I was thankful for.
  • My caramel drizzle turned out slightly burnt, which made it taste slightly bitter. Thankfully, my mom suggested adding some sweetened condensed milk, and after adding just under 2 Tbsp and mixed it in (at room temperature), it completely fixed it! So if you make the sauce and it doesn’t turn out exactly right, add in some sweetened condensed milk.

The prep work for this dessert is rather interesting, as you’re supposed to make the crust and have it bake at a low temperature for 15 minutes while you prepare the streusel and apple filling. Once the crust is done, you layer the apples in and sprinkle the streusel on top, then finish baking everything at a slightly higher temperature. Aside from having to cut and peel the apples, everything else was pretty quick.

I hope you’ll consider making this recipe!

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{Caramel Apple Pie Bars}

Ingredients:

Shortbread Crust

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup flour

Apple Filling

2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)

2 Tbsp flour

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Streusel

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Homemade Caramel Sauce (for drizzlingclick here!)

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Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300Β°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on all sides. Set aside.

2. Make the crust: Stir the melted butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until combined. Press the mixture evenly into the baking dish and bake for 15 minutes while you prepare the streusel and filling.

3. Make the apple filling: In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together until all the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.

4. Make the streusel: Whisk the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender, two forks, your hands … whatever you have to work with! Do this until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

5. After the 15 minutes is up, remove the crust from the oven and turn the oven up to 350Β°F. Evenly layer the apples on top of the warm crust and sprinkle the streusel all over the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes.

6. Heat up some of the caramel sauce and drizzle on top.

Enjoy!

— Maggie

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