Apple Pie Bars with salted caramel recipe

Apple pie bar photo from Pixabay user anialaurman

Recipe from Robin Fraizer Anderson

Shortbread Crust
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
(spoon & leveled)

Apple Filling
3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup packed light or
dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
(spoon & leveled)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
homemade salted caramel or
store-bought caramel sauce

1 Heat the oven to 300°F (149°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper leaving enough overhang on all sides. Set aside.
2 Make the crust: Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes and then remove from the oven. While the crust bakes, you can prepare the filling and streusel.

3 Make the apple filling: Combine the sliced apples, flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl until all of the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.

4 Make the streusel: Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks (or even with your hands) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

5 Turn the oven up to 350°F (177°C). Evenly layer the apples on top of the warm crust. It will look like there are too many apple slices, so layer them tightly and press them down to fit. Sprinkle the apple layer with streusel and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown.

6 Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Lift the parchment out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. Once cut, drizzle some salted caramel sauce on top of each.


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