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Caramel Apple Streusel Bars

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These sublime Caramel Apple Streusel Bars have the same flavors as apple pie, but with half the effort! Add these beauties to your baking list ASAP!

When autumn arrives and the apple dessert cravings hit, these Apple Pie Bars drizzled with Caramel will make you swoon.

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars stacked on a white plate and drizzled with caramel

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars

I’ve mentioned my weakness when it comes to caramel desserts, and the same goes for apple treats. Pies, crisps and even apple bars tempt my sweet tooth more than any chocolate dessert. Going through and making each of these 25 All-American Apple Desserts would be my idea of heaven!

When my blogger friend, Christiane, was going to stop by for lunch with her family last month, I remembered her fondness for caramel and thought these Caramel Apple Streusel Bars would be the perfect end to our meal. They were a huge hit!

Apple Streusel Bars stacked on a white basketweave plate

Tips for Making these Apple Bars

I love patting a shortbread crust into a baking pan versus rolling out a pie crust.  If you’re craving pie, but don’t want to deal with rolling out a pie crust, these caramel apple streusel bars will fit the bill. Easy as pie, I say!

  • After mixing up the crust dough, pat it into your prepared pan. Using the bottom of a measuring cup is a great way to make sure the crust is level and evenly distributed.
  • After the crust is baked, then line up four rows of apple slice which had been tossed with sugar, a bit of flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg, overlapping slightly.
  • Use “pie” apples which are apples that are best for baking. Granny Smith apples are always a safe choice.
  • Crumble the streusel topping made with oats over the top before baking. I like pinching bits of the streusel between my fingers making it a little chunkier.
  • Bake these apple pie bars until the apples are tender. Take a sharp knife and poke the tip into a few apple slices to check to see if they’re fully cooked. The knife should slide in easily.
  • Before serving these delicious Caramel Apple Streusel Bars, drizzle each of these apple streusel bars with caramel sauce–jarred or homemade are equally acceptable.
  • Check out my post on How to Cut the Perfect Bar Cookies for my slicing tips!

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars on a white ceramic plate with a red handled fork

 

Apple Pie Bars

Well, when the guest of honor asks when the Caramel Apple Streusel Bars recipe will be on the blog, you know it’s a hit. Even the hubby ate one, and the only other oatmeal I’ve ever seen him eat is the gloppy stuff he cooks up for his Saturday morning breakfast. So if you have friends and family who’d prefer to have a non-chocolate option for the holidays, give these highly rated delectable Apple Pie Bars a try!

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Apple Streusel Bars | All the flavors of apple pie with half the effort!

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars

The delectable taste of apple pie in bar form! Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 16 bars

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour

For the filling:

  • 2 large baking/pie apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced, about 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few grates of fresh nutmeg (a pinch of powered nutmeg may be substituted)

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • Homemade of jarred caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300º. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with non-stick foil (or line with foil and spray with non-stick baking spray).Set aside.
  2. Stir the melted butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While crust is baking, combine the sliced apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and gently toss to combine. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together.Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or your hands,until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven, and increase the oven temperature to 350º. Evenly layer the apples on top of the warm crust (I made 4 rows of overlapping apple slices). Crumble to the streusel topping over the apples. Bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is lightly browned and apples are tender.
  6. Let cool at room temperature for about a half hour, then chill for 2 hours. Before serving, remove bars from pan using the foil and cut into 16 bars. Drizzle with caramel before serving.

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