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

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70 Responses to “Caramel Apple Bars”

  1. 1

    Manggy — September 24, 2008 @ 7:30 AM

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

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    Clumbsy Cookie — September 24, 2008 @ 8:29 AM

    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!

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    Patsyk — September 24, 2008 @ 12:04 PM

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

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    Emily — September 24, 2008 @ 1:17 PM

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

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    Happy cook — September 24, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

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

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    Happy cook — September 24, 2008 @ 1:32 PM

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

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    Stacey — September 24, 2008 @ 1:40 PM

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

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    Mommy's Kitchen — September 24, 2008 @ 1:52 PM

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

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    RecipeGirl — September 24, 2008 @ 1:58 PM

    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.

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    Teresa Cordero Cordell — September 24, 2008 @ 2:35 PM

    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.

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    Gretchen Noelle — September 24, 2008 @ 2:51 PM

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

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    Anita — September 24, 2008 @ 2:52 PM

    Apples and caramel – who can resist that combination!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — September 24, 2008 @ 2:53 PM

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

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    Happy cook — September 24, 2008 @ 2:54 PM

    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

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    alexandra's kitchen — September 24, 2008 @ 3:16 PM

    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!

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    Stephanie — September 24, 2008 @ 3:24 PM

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

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    HoneyB — September 24, 2008 @ 3:46 PM

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

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    Bridgett — September 24, 2008 @ 4:13 PM

    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!

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    Brilynn — September 24, 2008 @ 4:48 PM

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

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    Kim — September 24, 2008 @ 5:06 PM

    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.

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    Deborah — September 24, 2008 @ 6:25 PM

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

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    Katrina — September 24, 2008 @ 6:53 PM

    Dang! That looks so good!

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    Ivy — September 24, 2008 @ 7:11 PM

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

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    Stephanie — September 24, 2008 @ 7:13 PM

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

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    Peter M — September 24, 2008 @ 7:58 PM

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

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    Adam — September 24, 2008 @ 8:06 PM

    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 :)

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    Sylvie — September 24, 2008 @ 9:20 PM

    I can just about imagine the divine smell and taste.

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    That Girl — September 24, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

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

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    Tanya — September 24, 2008 @ 11:55 PM

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

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — September 25, 2008 @ 1:05 AM

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

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    Sara — September 25, 2008 @ 2:14 AM

    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!

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    Sara — September 25, 2008 @ 2:30 AM

    These look really delicious, I want some right now!

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    Divya — September 25, 2008 @ 4:33 AM

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

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    CookiePie — September 25, 2008 @ 5:20 AM

    YUM! Those bars look FANTASTIC!!!

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    Cakespy — September 25, 2008 @ 6:10 AM

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

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    noble pig — September 25, 2008 @ 6:12 AM

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

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    Jenny — September 25, 2008 @ 6:37 AM

    Perfect for fall, bring on the apples!

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    Erinn@Sunday Dish — September 25, 2008 @ 6:53 AM

    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!

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    Nina Timm — September 25, 2008 @ 9:07 AM

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

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    VeggieGirl — September 25, 2008 @ 10:21 AM

    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!!

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    Deborah Dowd — September 25, 2008 @ 11:07 AM

    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!

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    Debbie — September 25, 2008 @ 11:18 AM

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

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    Colleen — September 25, 2008 @ 1:44 PM

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

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    Katie — September 25, 2008 @ 1:53 PM

    WHOAAAAAAAA! Those look SINFULLY delicious!

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    Stacey Snacks — September 25, 2008 @ 2:06 PM

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

    Stacey Snacks

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    Maria — September 25, 2008 @ 2:20 PM

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

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    Lydia — September 25, 2008 @ 2:50 PM

    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!

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    Alejandra — September 25, 2008 @ 2:57 PM

    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!

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    Daziano — September 25, 2008 @ 3:19 PM

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

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    Heather — September 25, 2008 @ 5:33 PM

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

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    Sara — September 25, 2008 @ 7:47 PM

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

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    nicole — September 25, 2008 @ 8:06 PM

    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

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    susan — September 25, 2008 @ 10:24 PM

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

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    My Sweet & Saucy — September 25, 2008 @ 10:58 PM

    Looks like you have a winner here! Great job!

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    Leslie — September 26, 2008 @ 12:35 AM

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

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    Megan. — September 26, 2008 @ 4:25 AM

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

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    The Short (dis)Order Cook — September 26, 2008 @ 7:56 PM

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

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    Aggie — September 26, 2008 @ 8:49 PM

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

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    Reeni — September 26, 2008 @ 8:59 PM

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

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    Sophie — September 27, 2008 @ 2:54 AM

    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!

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    Bunny — September 27, 2008 @ 4:17 AM

    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!!

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    Proud Italian Cook — September 27, 2008 @ 5:15 AM

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

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    Anamika:The Sugarcrafter — September 27, 2008 @ 1:38 PM

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

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    Anne — September 27, 2008 @ 1:38 PM

    I’m so looking to making this!

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    white on rice couple — September 28, 2008 @ 9:17 PM

    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.

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    Laura — September 30, 2008 @ 1:19 AM

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

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    Jon — September 30, 2008 @ 1:06 PM

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

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    Tartelette — October 4, 2008 @ 12:47 AM

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

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    Rosie — October 4, 2008 @ 5:31 AM

    Your caramel and apple bars are just beautiful!!

    Wonderful fall recipe to make – thanks for sharing :)

    Rosie x

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    Sam — October 5, 2008 @ 8:15 AM

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