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Caramel Apple Bars

These bars make an excellent fall dessert. We like to warm individual servings in the microwave and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It quickly became a family favorite; maybe it'll become one of your family's, too. —Carol Stuber, Osawatomie, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 4-1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramels
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add flour, oats, salt and baking soda; mix well. If desired, stir in pecans. Set aside 2 cups. Press remaining oat mixture into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • For filling, toss apples with flour; spoon over the crust. In a saucepan, melt the caramels and butter over low heat; drizzle over apples. Top with the reserved oat mixture.
  • Bake at 400° until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 250 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Mary
    Nov 14, 2020

    These bars are terrific! You have to watch the melting caramels to keep from scorching. Using a double boiler would help. I used half Kraft caramels and half boiled cider caramels from this recipe: The boiled cider adds an intense apple flavor. I don't think I would make caramels from scratch just for this recipe, but I had made a batch and had a lot left over since Halloween was a bust this year...

  • PoseyP
    Nov 3, 2019

    After reading the reviews regarding melting the caramels, I substituted a 7.7oz jar of King's Cupboard Organic Caramel Sauce, which is available from I ordered 2 jars and found that 1.25 jars were perfect. Will use the rest as ice cream topping. Delicious recipe!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 3, 2017

    I made these a lpng time ago and still remember the good caramel apple taste!! Yum!!

  • Jennifer
    Nov 24, 2016

    Terrible recipe came out awful. The topping never melted browned. To fix it I ended up pouring brown sugar and melted butter on the top. We'll see if they taste good.

  • VictoriaElaine
    Nov 9, 2016

    This is amazing! The next time I make it, I will make it without the caramel sauce as it ended up a little watery except for around the edges where it was chewy. I'll drizzle it with caramel sauce when I serve it. Otherwise it was perfection!

  • newrecipejunkie
    Nov 11, 2015

    Just made these for our adult kids' fall birthday party. (They were all born in the fall.) These bars were a big hit. I made them as written but omitted the nuts due to allergies. Unwrapping all the caramels and then worrying about them burning was a pain. Next time I will try warming a jar of caramel ice cream topping and drizzling that over the apples.

  • kshea
    May 20, 2012

    these are great. We use ice cream on top of each bar or they are toooo rich!

  • jcarccall
    Sep 1, 2008

    Eat these hot with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and you will enjoy a little piece of heaven.

  • jslvsclf
    Aug 1, 2008

    The caramel burned when I went to do something else, so I did not use it. But the bars were very good without it!!! I eat them cold.

  • jarcar
    Dec 4, 2007

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