Salted Caramel Apple Bars

"A butter shortbread crust with a generous layer of fresh apples and spices, caramel sauce, and then topped with a crumbly oat streusel"

- Boston Girl Bakes

key ingredient

fresh apples


For the crust – unsalted butter  – granulated sugar – salt – all purpose flour For the Apple filling – apples – granulated sugar – cinnamon – all purpose flour – ground nutmeg – caramel sauce For the streusel – light brown sugar – all purpose flour – unsalted butter – old fashioned or quick cooking oats

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Salted Caramel Apple Bars


16 Bars



total time

1 Hour 20 Minutes

prep time

30 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350oF (177°C). Prepare a 9×13" rectangular pan with foil or parchment paper, being sure to leave the edges hanging over for easy removal. Give the pan a spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Shortbread crust

2. In a large mixing bowl, with a wooden spoon or spatula, stir together the sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in the the melted butter until a crumbly dough forms. Press into pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Shortbread Crust

3. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven.

Shortbread Crust

1. Give the mixing bowl a wipe to re-use.

Apple filling

2. In the same large mixing bowl you used for the crust, stir together the apples flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Apple filling

3. Spread the apples over the par-baked crust. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Give the mixing bowl a wipe to re-use for the streusel topping.

Apple filling

1. In a large mixing bowl, with a wooden spoon or spatula, stir together the brown sugar, oats, flour and cut in the softened butter until a crumbly mixture forms. You can use a pastry cutter to do this, two knives, or just squish the butter your fingertips.

Streusel Topping

2. Crumble the streusel topping over the apples and caramel sauce.

Streusel Topping

3. Bake for an additional 30 minutes at 350oF/177oC until streusel topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool completely in the pan. Lift the foil or paper out of the pan and cut into squares.

Streusel Topping

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