Caramel Apple Pie Bars Recipe

Serves 12 Bars | Finish in 1 hour 15 minutes
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Apple Pie Caramel Bars! These bars taste just like apple pie, but with a fraction of the work. Homemade flour, oat and walnut crust stuffed with a caramel apple filling. Delicious and decadent, with an additional drizzle of Litehouse’s Old Fashioned Caramel Dip.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 7 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 4 medium apples, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Litehouse® Old Fashioned Caramel Dip, warmed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare a 8×8″ baking dish with cooking spray or overlapping parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Whisk together flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon in the base of a food processor fitted with a dough blade or a large bowl.
  3. Add in the butter, one tablespoon at a time, either pulsing the butter into the food processor or cutting the butter into the dough using a dough cutter until crumbly.
  4. Add in the water and pulse or stir until the dough comes together.
  5. Remove ¾ cup of the dough and set aside.
  6. Press the rest of the dough into the prepared pan.
  7. Stir together the chopped apples, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cornstarch, nutmeg and 1 tablespoon of caramel dip until well combined and place in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until apples are soft and mixture has come together, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly then pour on the prepared crust.
  8. Mix together the remaining dough with chopped walnuts and sprinkle on top.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool completely. The bars need to cool completely for the filling to set.
  11. Warm the remaining caramel dip and drizzle over cooled bars; let harden for 15 minutes, then slice into 12 bars and serve. 
  12. These bars can be enjoyed now or frozen for later! To freeze, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze until hardened, then place into a freezer-safe bag or container.

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