Easy Caramel Apple Bars

24 Servings
40 min

Easy Caramel Apple Bars come together in 15 minutes and bakes in about 20. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool long enough to cut!

These bars are delicious anytime since Granny Smith apples are readily available, but especially good over Labor Day weekend since they require very little work or labor for a sweet and satisfying treat!

This crowd-pleasing bar recipe starts with oatmeal cookie mix and then layered with apples and caramel topping. 

I made two batches of these bars in one week, they’re that good. After reading the reviews, I made the first batch in an 8 x 8 pan. This batch was baked in 11 x 7 pan which I think works best. For a thicker bar that oozes caramel, use an 8 x 8 pan.

Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix can usually be found at Target or Walmart. Enjoy!

Recipe details
  • 24  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 1 stick unsalted cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled apple (I used Granny Smith)
  • 3/4 cup caramel topping (I used Smucker’s Salted Caramel Topping)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350°F.
Line 11 x 7-inch pan with parchment paper or foil, extending parchment/foil over edge of pan. Coat with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cut butter into cookie mix using a fork or pastry blender. Stir in egg until mixture is crumbly.
Reserve 1 1/2 cups of cookie mixture. Press remaining cookie mixture into bottom of pan and bake 15 minutes.
Sprinkle apple evenly over crust.
In a small bowl, mix caramel topping and flour; spoon/pour over apples.
To reserved cookie mixture, stir in pecans and sprinkle mixture over apples.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and then refrigerate several hours for easy cutting.
When ready to cut lift parchment/foil by edges to remove from pan and cut into individual bars. Store in refrigerator using parchment to keep bar layers separated. For a decadent treat, microwave bars for a few seconds and top with vanilla ice cream.
Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is
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