Caramel Apple Bars

This time of year I begin dreaming of apples. Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Gala are among my favorites. On fall weekends, my family is thrilled to wake to the scent of apple waffles or cider muffins. Homemade applesauce usually finds its way into our refrigerator. And afternoons might find me experimenting with apple pie recipes or other baked apple treats.

An abundance of apples, whether from an apple-picking venture on a local farm or from a recent trip to Costco, calls for extreme fits of baking. My first apple treat of this fall season: Caramel Apple Bars. An oat-pecan crust is topped with layers of sliced apples. A simple homemade caramel is drizzled on top and then baked into a bubbling mass of apple heaven.

Caramel lovers will have a tough time not diving in face-first. The caramel sinks in and around the apples and turns a simple apple bar into an amazing dessert.

Slices are reminiscent of apple pie. Really good apple pie.

Tonight I plan to be lost in thoughts of savory apple dishes… apples paired with chicken or pork, and favorite autumn apple salads… that is, while I’m eating a slice of this for dessert.

This recipe can be found here:  Caramel Apple Bars

70 Responses to “Caramel Apple Bars”

  1. postedSep 24, 2008 7:30 AM
    Manggy

    YEAH!! Sounds like a plan! ;) “Bubbling mass of apple”– I like that ;) Consider me wishing to be face half-submerged in this dessert!

  2. postedSep 24, 2008 8:29 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    So perfect fo the beggining of fall, althout I’m sure I could have it all year round! I’m sure it’s delicious with that caraml!

  3. postedSep 24, 2008 12:04 PM
    Patsyk

    Oh, yes, caramel and apples… gotta have some of those! Yum!

  4. postedSep 24, 2008 1:17 PM
    Emily

    Holy cow! These look like a total delight! I am definately going to try these babies out!

  5. postedSep 24, 2008 1:30 PM
    Happy cook

    Oh i am sure going to check out that recipe link.
    This looks so delicious.
    I love granny smith and pink lady.

  6. postedSep 24, 2008 1:32 PM
    Happy cook

    Just checked your recipe.
    I don’t get corn syrup here can i substitute with honey
    And what are rolled oats

  7. postedSep 24, 2008 1:40 PM
    Stacey

    I’m not a big fan of apple pie, but I think I would love this! The caramel won me over. :)

  8. postedSep 24, 2008 1:52 PM
    Mommy's Kitchen

    Oh My those just look sinful. What a nice fall treat.

  9. postedSep 24, 2008 1:58 PM
    RecipeGirl

    Happy Cook,
    Hmmm… I didn’t realize that they did not have corn syrup outside of the US. Here’s a link I found that discusses possible replacements:
    http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf21362042.tip.html

    As far as the rolled oats… old fashioned oats (oatmeal) is fine.

  10. postedSep 24, 2008 2:35 PM
    Teresa Cordero Cordell

    Lori, thank you so much for stopping by my site. I hope you do try the Piloncillo Pound Cake. It’s really good.

    Talking about good.. Those Caramel Apple Bars look amazing. I’ve made pecan pie bars, but never these. Apples are my favorite fruit, so you can be sure that I will be making your recipe. Great post my friend.

  11. postedSep 24, 2008 2:51 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    These do look delicious! I will have to see about whipping some of these up with all my apples! Thanks!

  12. postedSep 24, 2008 2:52 PM
    Anita

    Apples and caramel – who can resist that combination!

  13. postedSep 24, 2008 2:53 PM
    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    Yum pretty much sums this one up!! WOW this would be a huge hit in my house. Love it.

  14. postedSep 24, 2008 2:54 PM
    Happy cook

    Thankyou for the info.
    Yeah we are not that lucky enought to get cron syrup here i have seen in a lot of recipes and searched for it here, but till now no luck

  15. postedSep 24, 2008 3:16 PM
    alexandra's kitchen

    oh man. this reminds me of something I broke my braces on way back in high school when I was supposed to avoid foods like this at all costs. These look incredible!

  16. postedSep 24, 2008 3:24 PM
    Stephanie

    Oh wow, that looks so delicious! I love baked apple desserts. Add caramel, and I’m so there!

  17. postedSep 24, 2008 3:46 PM
    HoneyB

    Man, I could mow right into that recipe. Looks so gooey and chewy. Yummy!

  18. postedSep 24, 2008 4:13 PM
    Bridgett

    Who can resist these? They look delectable and I can just imagine how they taste. Now you have me thinking of waking up to cinnamon waffles as well!

  19. postedSep 24, 2008 4:48 PM
    Brilynn

    I just made caramel apple pies! These bars look fantastic.

  20. postedSep 24, 2008 5:06 PM
    Kim

    The beginning of fall just screams apples, and I love the desserts that come with it. Apples, caramel in the shape of a bar, yes- I want this now.

  21. postedSep 24, 2008 6:25 PM
    Deborah

    Yeah, that caramel has me drooling! I need to go get some apples right away!

  22. postedSep 24, 2008 6:53 PM
    Katrina

    Dang! That looks so good!

  23. postedSep 24, 2008 7:11 PM
    Ivy

    I love apples and apple pies and must definitely try these.

  24. postedSep 24, 2008 7:13 PM
    Stephanie

    Apples plus caramel in anything is divine! These look super yummy!

  25. postedSep 24, 2008 7:58 PM
    Peter M

    Oh my, I might forgo dinner to eat just dessert like this!

  26. postedSep 24, 2008 8:06 PM
    Adam

    Lori, everything you make is great, but I think you especially rock at Fall food :) These bars are a hit without even making them yet :)

  27. postedSep 24, 2008 9:20 PM
    Sylvie

    I can just about imagine the divine smell and taste.

  28. postedSep 24, 2008 10:00 PM
    That Girl

    I feel the same way about fall and apples. I’m very much looking forward to my first ever Julian trip!

  29. postedSep 24, 2008 11:55 PM
    Tanya

    Oh yeah….these are on my menu for this week! They look awesome :)

  30. postedSep 25, 2008 1:05 AM
    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Caramel apples bring back all the wonderful memories of childhood, Fall, and even Halloween. Will definitely try these bars.

  31. postedSep 25, 2008 2:14 AM
    Sara

    Oh my, these look beyond awesome! Galas are my favorite and I’m so happy they are in season now. I could eat a couple of them a day!

  32. postedSep 25, 2008 2:30 AM
    Sara

    These look really delicious, I want some right now!

  33. postedSep 25, 2008 4:33 AM
    Divya

    That looks sinfully delicious. You have a great collection of recipes here. Good job.

  34. postedSep 25, 2008 5:20 AM
    CookiePie

    YUM! Those bars look FANTASTIC!!!

  35. postedSep 25, 2008 6:10 AM
    Cakespy

    Oh yes, yes, yes!! These are perfection!

  36. postedSep 25, 2008 6:12 AM
    noble pig

    OMG, no convincing here, that is gorgeous! Now, if we could just get some cool weather!

  37. postedSep 25, 2008 6:37 AM
    Jenny

    Perfect for fall, bring on the apples!

  38. postedSep 25, 2008 6:53 AM
    Erinn@Sunday Dish

    stop.
    it.
    now.
    That’s all I have to say about how much I love the sound of this dish.
    Caremel apples are just one of those ultimate kid treats – made better by you because now, it’s perfect with coffee.
    Yum!

  39. postedSep 25, 2008 9:07 AM
    Nina Timm

    Stop, stop…my sweet tooth is working overtime with all these yummee treats!!!!

  40. postedSep 25, 2008 10:21 AM
    VeggieGirl

    MAAAAAAARRRRRVELOUS!!!!! Caramel apples are practically synonymous with autumn festivities; and in bar form?? Brilliant!!

    Looking forward to seeing your savory apple dishes – those should be fun/delicious, for sure!!

  41. postedSep 25, 2008 11:07 AM
    Deborah Dowd

    OMG! These look so good, just perfect for these cool fall evenings (but not so great for my diet!)More incentive to get to my goal weight faster!

  42. postedSep 25, 2008 11:18 AM
    Debbie

    Oh they look wonderful. Perfect snack to make this time of year….

  43. postedSep 25, 2008 1:44 PM
    Colleen

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! And these look DELICIOUS! I am drooling just looking at them!

  44. postedSep 25, 2008 1:53 PM
    Katie

    WHOAAAAAAAA! Those look SINFULLY delicious!

  45. postedSep 25, 2008 2:06 PM
    Stacey Snacks

    Oh my! This is EXACTLY what I am making with all of my newly picked apples! I am salivating!

    Stacey Snacks

  46. postedSep 25, 2008 2:20 PM
    Maria

    That looks so good and gooey! I am a caramel fan!! Love all of the fall recipes you are sharing! Thanks!

  47. postedSep 25, 2008 2:50 PM
    Lydia

    Wow, the picture actually tells you what it will be like to bite into that delightful apple bar. So moist and chewy and delicious looking! Oh, I wish I could reach through the screen, pick up your bar and wolf it down for breakfast!

    Great job!

  48. postedSep 25, 2008 2:57 PM
    Alejandra

    I’ve been bugging my BF to take me apple picking this fall. I can’t wait. This will definitely go on the “to make” list once he agrees!

  49. postedSep 25, 2008 3:19 PM
    Daziano

    Fall is definitely coming and apples come with it! I can’t complain!

  50. postedSep 25, 2008 5:33 PM
    Heather

    ohh that looks just delicious! i love caramel and apples together. mmmm!!

  51. postedSep 25, 2008 7:47 PM
    Sara

    Wow!!! Your bars look delicious. I love caramel and apple.

  52. postedSep 25, 2008 8:06 PM
    nicole

    Should you be allowed to post such things on here. Just looking at those will put 10 pounds on. Consider it done. I will have to make these. Who can resist apples and caramel? Looks delicious!
    http://www.testkitchenrecipes.blogspot.com

  53. postedSep 25, 2008 10:24 PM
    susan

    oh my gosh!! those caramel apple bars look sinfully delicious.
    btw, i love ur photos :)

  54. postedSep 25, 2008 10:58 PM
    My Sweet & Saucy

    Looks like you have a winner here! Great job!

  55. postedSep 26, 2008 12:35 AM
    Leslie

    Evil..just plain evil!
    I dont think I would be able to have these in front of me! DELISH

  56. postedSep 26, 2008 4:25 AM
    Megan.

    the photos remind me of baklava. this looks so sinfully delish. and what a perfect recipe to try for fall!

  57. postedSep 26, 2008 7:56 PM
    The Short (dis)Order Cook

    Whoa. Those look like a sugar coma in a few easy bites. A very delicious swoony kind of sugar coma.

  58. postedSep 26, 2008 8:49 PM
    Aggie

    I love Pink Lady apples! These bars look unbelievable! I can’t wait to try them!

  59. postedSep 26, 2008 8:59 PM
    Reeni

    Those look so lovely and delicious, caramel and apples have to be one of the most perfect combinations!

  60. postedSep 27, 2008 2:54 AM
    Sophie

    Hehe I’ve been in the mood for apples too! These are perfect. I saw caramel apples in the title and my mouth started watering instantly. I’ve been craving caramel apples! I need to save this recipe!

  61. postedSep 27, 2008 4:17 AM
    Bunny

    apple waffles and cider muffins, I’m coming to your house for breakfast !! There is nothing better than apples in the fall…nothing. I start thinking about apple recipes in august when i’m tired of being hot and am looking forward to the crisp fall days ahead. Great recipe!!

  62. postedSep 27, 2008 5:15 AM
    Proud Italian Cook

    I’m dreaming of this, and by the looks of everyones comments they are too!!

  63. postedSep 27, 2008 1:38 PM
    Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    dear recipe girl
    making caramel apple bars is a process and you have done very nicely….i loved it !

  64. postedSep 27, 2008 1:38 PM
    Anne

    I’m so looking to making this!

  65. postedSep 28, 2008 9:17 PM
    white on rice couple

    Oooh, this is a great and delicious of Fall. It looks SO, SO, GOOD!

    I have to wait a few more weeks to really get a feel for the season here.

  66. postedSep 30, 2008 1:19 AM
    Laura

    OMG this looks good. My blog might need to handle 2 apple bars in a short period of time.

  67. postedSep 30, 2008 1:06 PM
    Jon

    Caramel apple may be my second favorite food combination next to peanut butter banana.

  68. postedOct 4, 2008 12:47 AM
    Tartelette

    This is deliciously perfect! Love it!! I am afraid i’d end up eating more than my share :)

  69. postedOct 4, 2008 5:31 AM
    Rosie

    Your caramel and apple bars are just beautiful!!

    Wonderful fall recipe to make – thanks for sharing :)

    Rosie x

  70. postedOct 5, 2008 8:15 AM
    Sam

    Apples and caramel, it doesn’t get much better than that!

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