Caramel Apple Bars

Jake and I made the executive decision tonight to have a super lazy Saturday evening that involved playing Nintendo and “grazing” for dinner. Our first choice was Doritos with homemade onion dip. After this crunchy and salty snack, I was craving some ice cream. Having none, I started to think what we had at home to make when I remembered the huge bag of Gala apples we bought at Sams Club the other day. Immediately I flashed back to this recipe I had found on a food blog a few weeks ago and have been dying to make.

After taking a mini-break from Super Nintendo, Jake and I went to the store to purchase some Well’s Blue Bunny vanilla bean ice cream to go with this delicious dessert.

Caramel Apple Bars 

adapted from yumsugar.com

This was a fairly easy recipe with minimal effort. To make things go faster since it was already after 8 pm, I asked Jake to give me a hand in the kitchen.  Since Jake isn’t used to baking, I directed him in what he needed to do. My first instruction was for him to grab a saucepan, to which he replied “Which one is a saucepan”. Oh how I love my husband.

What you need:

For the Crust

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons of butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats ( I used Quick oats)

In a medium sized bowl combine brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Once combined well, add your flour and oats. Combine until crumbly. Scoop out 1 cup and set aside. Pour the remaining mix in to a greased 13×9 inch pan and spread evenly.

Apple Mixture 

  • 6 medium sized apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup homemade caramel sauce (or you can use store bought)

Peel and slice about 6 medium sized apples. Add the salt and cinnamon, mixing until all slices are coated. Pour on top of crust.

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pour all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is hot and bubbly (230-234 degrees). Remove and pour 1 cup hot caramel sauce over your apples.**

Sprinkle the remaining crust on top of your caramel apples. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. You want to be sure your apples are tender. Let your bars cool before serving.

If only the internet had smell-a-vision. These bars smelled amazing as they baked in the oven and filled the house with a sweet caramel smell. They tasted even better with some vanilla bean ice cream! 🙂

**There will be extra caramel sauce that you can pour into a foil lined 8×8 pan and let cool to make your own caramel squares.

Are there any recipes that you have been dying to make?

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