Caramel Apple Bars were one of the first recipes I shared on this site. I shared them in September of 2008, which was my first year of blogging.
I decided that it was time for a redo of these bars. Not a redo of the recipe, mainly a redo of the post. They are delicious and the old picture for this post did not do them justice. Blogging has changed a bit since 2008, so I have updated the post, added new pictures, and am sharing it again today. If you love apples and caramel,this is a must try. And it is perfect for fall!
I love fall. I think it is my favorite season. One of the things I love about fall is going to the apple orchard to get apples for all kinds of baking. Apple bread pudding, fried apples, apple pizza, apple crisp, and more.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite fall dessert recipes. It is for caramel apple bars.
I have been making these caramel apple bars for years. I think the original recipe came from Taste Of Home, but I have tweaked it a lot over the years to make it more how we like it. Which is with a lot more apples. You can never have too many apples.
I am trying to convince myself these are healthy, they do have apples and oatmeal in them, right?
Caramel Apple Bars
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups butter, melted
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups apples – peeled, cored and chopped ( I like Granny Smith or Jonathan)
- 1 12 ounce jar caramel ice cream topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15×10 inch jellyroll pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, quick cooking oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Stir in the melted butter. Mix until crumbly.
- Press about 2/3 of this mixture into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 8 minutes in preheated oven.
- Spread apple slices evenly over the baked crust. Then pour the caramel topping over the apple layer. Crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top of everything.
- Bake again for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars.
Note: To make these gluten free use gluten free oats, a gluten free flour blend, and be sure your caramel is gluten free, not all caramel is gluten free.