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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!

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. Welcome to Day Four of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on! Scroll down for today’s participants.

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 up 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 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

 

The Verdict

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 Caramel Apple Streusel 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

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • 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.

Swing by all the participants to see what they’ve been whipping up for the holidays:

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Ridiculously Delicious Vanilla Cookies by Cookistry

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Toffee Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies by Farm Fresh Feasts

Cranberry Ginger Margaritas by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Rocky Road Chocolate Bark by Cooking In Stilettos

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Rum Blondies with Cinnamon Chips by From Gate to Plate

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars with a drizzle of caramel sauce
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36 comments on “Caramel Apple Streusel Bars”

  1. No doubt my sons would like these:@)

  2. I am a sucker for caramel and apple treats too. These streusel bars look absolutely mouthwatering! And if Bill had one, I know they would not last long at our house either 🙂

  3. Anything with apple and caramel would be a huge hit on this side of the 49th Parallel! Apples and caramel together is a match made in heaven and throw in oatmeal? A beautiful bar and very tasty too! You have such a skill at cutting squares perfectly.

  4. I know these bars would be a hit in our home…especially with the caramel. 🙂

  5. A perfect treat, I love fruit desserts over chocolate ones any day! They must be good if Bill had one 😀

  6. I am really enjoying this bar and streusel crossover with apples. Topped with caramel it is the perfect finishing touch. Really great recipe.

  7. Gingerbread. ANYTHING gingerbread and, of course, a traditional steamed pudding. Which reminds me… These bars look FANTASTIC, Liz!!

  8. Whooo and whoaaa for that drippy awesomeness in this bar! I could pick the streusel right off with my fingers, it’s my favorite part of bar cookies 😉

  9. Yum! Apple and caramel…you already sold me on these…love all the layers!
    Hope you are having a great week Liz 🙂

  10. These bars look absolutely FANTASTIC !!!
    Apple streusel bars would be my family’s favorite ever
    Happy Holiday-season Liz

  11. Oh wow! that looks extremely delicious and I don’t even like apple cakes much. Yummy!
    Sharing on twitter, thanks!

  12. Liz, the oats topping is super duper awesome! I really need a bite of these beauties.

  13. If that’s what heaven looks like, I want to go.

  14. Wow Liz, a delicious apple recipe AND a giveaway! Good luck to all your readers. xo

  15. I love baking sugar cookies

  16. That caramel looks dreamy! 🙂

  17. I may love chocolate, but there would always be room on my plate for these. Yum!

  18. This would be the hubby’s first pick for dessert on Christmas.

  19. What an amazing haul you’re giving away here. It all looks great, but not as great as your apple streusel bars!

  20. Liz, just like everything you bake, these apple streusel bars are perfection!! you are so sweet to bake these for your friend, Christiane! Next time, feel free to ship me some too 😛 Happy holidays!!!

  21. I love baking cookies! These bars look so yummy – classic, delicious flavors!

  22. These bars are my absolute favourite, I am apple crazy 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  23. I”m such a sucker for caramel too! My bill is the apple freak, so together these would warm our hearts! I’d love to join a cookie/bar round up someday too! Lots of great stuff going on!
    xo

  24. Lizzy,
    All the apple pie flavor without a crust can’t be beat. I would love these bars.
    Annamaria

  25. These bars look absolutely divine, love the caramel sauce!

  26. I love to make simple comforting apple pies during the Christmas season!

  27. My word, Liz, could these lush bars be any more scrumptious? I’m glad two of my pals visited for lunch, and more glad you’ve shared the recipe. Pinning this gem!

  28. I like to make Cherry Cheese Pie.

  29. Look great going to be these a try.

  30. Yum! Apple’s and caramel were meant to be together! Wish I had some with my coffee this morning. #merrymonday

  31. These bars look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  32. Apple pie in bar form is so genius! These are going to be a perfect dessert for fall!

  33. These bars are my idea of heaven! 

  34. I think I could get away with just about anything if I made these for my hubby! He is a total apple dessert freak and all that gooey caramel on top – amazing!

  35. This recipe is perfect for the season! I love the caramel apple combination!

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