Caramel Apple Pie Bars

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Caramel Apple Pie Bars – A shortbread crust topped with cinnamon spiced apples, struesel and the drizzled with caramel. A perfect fall dessert.

Fall is the perfect time of year for baking.  The weather is starting to cool down, and there are apples galore!  We make Apple Cider Donuts every year, they are definitely a sign of fall around here. 

When I was growing up my grandma always had Apple Bars around in the fall. There is just something about the spices and everything that is so comforting.  These Apple Pie Bars are now one of my favorites, especially when you drizzle caramel on top!

Caramel Apple Pie Bars - shortbread crust, baked apples, struesel and caramel...what is not to love!

 

Caramel and apples just go together.  These Mini Caramel Apples are a fun thing to do with the kids in the fall.  But when you are craving that flakey pie crust and warm baked apples, these apple pie bars are a must.  

These are apple pie bars have a streusel topping and they are amazing!  Plenty of caramel is drizzled over the top so that is tastes just like a caramel apple pie, just in an easier to eat, easier to share bars form. Another favorite from a kid is apple crisp, always so good.  I love to make this Instant Pot Apple Crisp now.

Caramel Apple Pie Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Apple desserts might be one of my favorite things about fall. And these caramel apple pie bars are pretty easy to make.  It starts with a short bread crust (the same one I used in my lemon bars).  Then just a layer of apples, topped with a struesel.   Because, who doesn’t love a good struesel!

Once it is out of the oven and ready to serve, I drizzled over a good helping of caramel.  Caramel and apples go so well together, so this part seemed like a no brainer. These apple pie bars are great served cold or reheat and serve warm.  Either way, they are perfect for fall.

Caramel Apple Pie Bars - perfect dessert to have on hand for fall!

Best Apples for Baking

I like to usually use a mix of apples when I am baking something.  That way you get more flavor and texture involved.  Some of my favorites are:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • Pink Lady
  • Corteland
  • Granny Smith
  • Gala

I think most of these apples can be found all over the country. I usually pick 2 kinds of apples and use half and half in my recipes.  Use whatever your favorite is and the caramel apple pie bars will turn out amazing!

Caramel Apple Pie Bars - A shortbread crust topped with cinnamon spiced apples, struesel and the drizzled with caramel. A perfect fall dessert.

 

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Caramel Apple Pie Bars - shortbread crust, baked apples, struesel and caramel...what is not to love!
4.93 from 26 votes

Caramel Apple Pie Bars

By Erin
A shortbread crust topped with cinnamon spiced apples, struesel and the drizzled with caramel. A perfect fall dessert.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes (cold)

Filling

  • 1 pound apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice

Topping

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes (cold)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with foil.
  • In a bowl combine flour, powdered sugar and butter. Mix using your fingers until it comes together as a dough. Press into lined baking pan. Bake for 18 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix apple slices and all of the other filling ingredients together until well coasted.
  • In a bowl mix all of the ingredients for the topping together. Use your fingers to mix until almost a crumbly dough.
  • Pour apples over hot crust. Spread into an even layer. Crumble the topping evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Drizzle with caramel when ready to serve.

Notes

I like using 2 kinds of apples - gala and granny smith work great together.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 314
Keyword: caramel apple pie
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