May 17, 2012

Apple Pie Caramel Oatmeal Bars

One of my friends from school gave me a bunch of apples from the farmer's market, so I decided to experiment a bit and make up a recipe to use them up.   I decided to make some sort of apple pie bars with caramel, and the results were delicious! Here's the recipe: 



I used the recipe for the oatmeal crust from the Oatmeal Caramel Chocolate Bars I made a while ago.

Ingredients:
5 medium sized apples (It would probably be best with Granny smith, but I just used what I had on hand) 
1/2 cup white sugar 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons flour 
1 tablespoon lemon juice

32 caramel squares (unwrapped)
1/2 cup heavy cream 

3/4 cup butter (melted)
3/4 cups brown sugar (packed)
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:
1. Peel and thinly slice the apples.  Once you are done, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

2. Put the caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan on medium low.  
3.  Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, oats, brown sugar, flour, and baking soda.  Press half of the mixture evenly in the bottom of the 8x8 pan.  Bake for about 9 minutes at 350 degrees.  

4. While the oatmeal crust is baking, mix together the apple slices, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour.   Make sure you check on the caramel mixture a few times and occasionally stir it.

5. Once the oatmeal crust is ready, take it out of the oven.  Pour the caramel mixture on top of it.  Then pour the apple mixture evenly on top of the caramel.

6. Crumble up the remaining half of the oatmeal mixture and sprinkle it evenly across the top.

7. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the top is golden brown and the apples are bubbling.  

8. Let it cool completely before cutting it.  It does not cut into perfect little bars, and it's a little bit messy, but it's really, really good! 

Just a little tip: They are absolutely amazing if you warm a piece up in the microwave and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! My husband can't stop eating them. If you make them, let me know how they turn out! :)  

Love,
Caitlin 


7 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks amazing. Caramels are my husband's favorite, so I'm definitely going to try it!!

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  2. this is on my list for things to make!

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    1. I hope you like them as much as we did! :)

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  3. Great post. I was wondering if you would like to put up a link to this apple recipe in my Food on Friday Series.

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    1. Great that you linked in to Food on Friday.

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    2. Thanks for letting me know about it! :)

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