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Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Salted caramel apple pie bars with a sugared crust, cinnamon apples and topped with the perfect cinnamon streusel and salted caramel. This easy apple dessert is the definition of fall and tastes absolutely delicious. 

Apple pie bars on a blue plate.
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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

I’ve made this recipe probably a dozen times and still can’t get enough. It tastes like a mix between an apple crisp and an apple pie. It has amazing flavor, 3 delicious layers and is drizzled with salted caramel on top. Truly divine!

One of my favorite traditions in the fall is going apple picking with my family. My kids always have a blast sitting on our shoulders reaching for the highest apples they can find. Once fall arrives, I start making lots of apple desserts. They are my favorite, so it’s always nice to have extra apples on hand. If you’re planning on going apple picking this season, add these bars to your baking list! You won’t be disappointed!

Recipe Ingredients

Apples and brown sugar in a glass bowl.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Apples: I like to use two different apples, such as a granny smith and a honeycrisp or pink lady apple.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour works in each layer: make the crust flakey, thicken the filling, and bind together the topping.
  • Sugar: Granulated adds sweetness to the crust, while brown sugar add a sweetness to the filling and the streusel topping.
  • Cinnamon: The warming spice that works so well with the apples.
  • Oats: Add just the right amount of texture to the topping.
  • Butter: The crust would have that creamy flavor and the topping wouldn’t hold together without butter.
  • Vanilla extract: An extra depth of flavor for the crust.
  • Salt: This brings out the flavors of the dessert.

3 Delicious Layers

  • Crust: The shortbread crust is similar to pie crust, but even easier and quicker (no need to chill the dough). It has the same flavor as pie crust and tastes buttery and delicious.
  • Apple filling: You can’t beat homemade apple pie filling. It’s made with a mixture of fresh sliced apples, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. They apples get nice and caramelized as they bake in the oven.
  • Streusel topping: A simple mixture of oats, brown sugar, butter and flour to sprinkle on top of the filling layer. I love the texture the oats add, but you could make a traditional crumble topping without them if preferred.

How to Make Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Apple pie bars in a foil lined baking dish.
  1. CRUST. Mix together the melted butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Add the flour and mix again. Then use your hands to press the mixture into a greased 9×9″ pan and bake at 300°F for 15 minutes.
  2. FILLING. Make the filling while the crust bakes. Slice the apples, then mix them in a bowl with flour, sugar and cinnamon until coated.
  3. TOPPING. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Then mix in the cubed butter with your hands (or a pastry blender) until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. BAKE. Remove the crust from the oven, then turn the temperature up to 350°F. Pour the apple filling evenly over the warm crust, the sprinkle the crumb mixture on top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. CHILL. Remove from oven and let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Then let chill in fridge for at least 2 hours to set. Cut into bars and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Baking Tips

  • I like to use apples that have both a sweet and tart flavor, such as honey crisp, pink lady or granny smith.
  • For more spice, mix in 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg to the filling.
  • Let the bars chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours (or even overnight) before enjoying. This helps them form into the most perfect bar consistency.
Drizzling caramel over an apple pie bar with a spoon.

Recipe FAQs

What else can I use as a topping?

The salted caramel has my heart, but you could drizzle a simple powdered sugar icing on top if preferred (a mixture of powdered sugar and milk).

Can I double the Caramel Apple Pie Bar recipe?

Yes! Double the ingredients and bake in a 9×13-inch baking dish for about 45 to 55 minutes.

Storing and Freezing

These bars will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you have extra, you can freeze them individually for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight and add desired toppings. You can eat them warm or cold – both ways taste delicious!

Stack of caramel apple pie bars.

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Caramel Apple Pie Bars

5 from 7 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
Salted caramel apple pie bars with a sugared crust, cinnamon apples and topped with the perfect crumble and salted caramel. This easy apple dessert is the definition of fall and tastes absolutely delicious. 
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Refrigerate: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 55 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

Crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Apple filling

  • 2 large apples , cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons chilled salted butter , cubed

Optional: Salted Caramel Sauce, Maldon salt for sprinkling

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 300°F degrees. Spray 9×9-inch pan with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.

    Crust

    • In a medium bowl, mix the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until combined. Add flour and mix again. Using your hands, press the crust mixture into the pan until it's evenly distributed. Bake 15 minutes.

    Apple filling

    • In a large bowl, place apples. Stir in flour, sugar, and cinnamon until apples are coated. Set aside.

    Crumb topping

    • In a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Using your hands or a pastry blender, mix in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
    • Remove crust from the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Pour the apple filling over the warm crust and use the back of a spoon to press down the apples to lay flat. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples until covered. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
    • Remove from oven and let cool 20 minutes. Chill in the fridge to set at least 2 hours. Cut into bars and serve warm or cold. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top, if desired, just before serving. Enjoy!

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    Notes

    Apples: I like using 2 different apples (1 granny smith and 1 honey crisp or pink lady apple). Slice them as thin as you can. 
    Spice: If you want to add a little bit more spice, feel free to add in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. 
    Caramel: If drizzling caramel on top, you can use this salted caramel recipe or simply melt down store bought caramels with a little bit of cream.
    Storage: These bars will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you have extra, you can freeze them individually for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight and add desired toppings. You can eat them warm or cold – both ways taste delicious!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American

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    Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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