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Easy to Make Caramel Apple Bars

You can't help but smack your lips when you taste these tempting Caramel Apple Bars. The base is a sugar cookie crust that's been smothered in tart Granny Smith apples, chopped pecans, and caramel sauce. Make these dessert bars for parties, events, and potlucks. Everyone will rave about how delicious they are. 

You can’t help but smack your lips when you taste these tempting Caramel Apple Bars. The base is a sugar cookie crust that’s been smothered in tart Granny Smith apples, chopped pecans, and caramel sauce. Make these dessert bars for parties, events, and potlucks. Everyone will rave about how delicious they are. 

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It’s no secret that I love to try to eat healthy for the most part. I do, however, have a bit of a sweet tooth. I am always a fan of anything chocolate like my Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins or Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream, but sometimes I crave something different.

I could go on and on about chocolate, but what I have been craving lately is caramel. Caramel and apples have been the perfect treat for years and years. I figured why not go the extra mile and combine them into an intensely delicious dessert. You are going to be so pleased with the results if you love apples, sugar cookies, and caramel. It’s like a combination of the best things ever all put into one incredible treat. 

Caramel Apple Bars on a wire rack with apples in the background.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE CARAMEL APPLE BARS?

The main thing I love about these caramel apple bars (besides how amazing they taste) is that I can throw them together in no time, as I only need six ingredients. It’s insane that you can make something so good with minimal supplies. Here is what you need:

Kitchen Supplies Needed:

Cookie Dough Pressed into a glass baking dish.

HOW DO I MAKE CARAMEL APPLE BARS?

These caramel apple bars are practically effortless to make. You spend most of your time smelling the fresh baked cookies and dreaming of biting into the bars. Here are the three simple steps to follow:

STEP 1: PREP THE PAN AND BAKE THE COOKIE DOUGH

Pre-heat your oven to 350 and grease or spray the bottom of a 8×8 pan. Reserve 1/2 a cup of cookie dough and press the rest into the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 10- 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes.

Caramel sauce being poured on top of cookie dough.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE CARAMEL SAUCE & GET APPLES READY

Mix 3 Tbsp. of flour with your caramel topping in a small bowl. Toss your apples in the other Tbsp of flour and then mix with the chopped pecans.

STEP 3: ASSEMBLE AND BAKE THE CARAMEL APPLE BARS

Pour the caramel over the cookie base, sprinkle with the apple & pecan mixture. Then crumble the reserved cookie dough across the top. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Let cool for at least an hour and then cut into 9 pieces.

Apples and pecans on top of caramel and cookie dough in a glass baking dish.

HOW DO YOU STORE CARAMEL APPLE BARS?

It’s essential to store the caramel apple bars after they have cooled down all the way. You never want to cover them while they are still hot, or you will end up with condensation, and they will get mushy. 

After they have adequately cooled, place a lid, piece of aluminum foil, or plastic wrap on top of the dish. Make sure it’s airtight. Then store them in the fridge or on the counter for 3-4 days. They taste great at room temperature or cold, so both options are great. 

CAN I USE OTHER APPLES BESIDES GRANNY SMITH FOR THE CARAMEL APPLE BARS?

Yes, you can swap out the Granny Smith apples for a variety you like. We use Granny Smith’s because they are tart and hold up well to being baked. You could also use Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp, or anything else you like. 

I am a huge apple lover! If you are like me, check out my Easy To Make Apple Nachos, Delicious Caramel Apple Cupcakes, and Cinnamon Apple Pumpkin Cake. I feel like you can serve apple desserts for pretty much any occasion you can think of, and everyone will go wild for them. 

Caramel Apple Bars on wire rack with apples in the background.

SO TELL ME…

What kind of apple is your favorite? Do you prefer desserts with fruit, or are you more of a chocolate person? Do you cook apple desserts all year long or just in the fall?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great weekend!

 

Caramel Apple Bars

You can't help but smack your lips when you taste these tempting Caramel Apple Bars. The base is a sugar cookie crust that's been smothered in tart Granny Smith apples, chopped pecans, and caramel sauce. Make these dessert bars for parties, events, and potlucks. Everyone will rave about how delicious they are. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 93kcal

Ingredients

  • 1- Roll Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 1- Cup Peeled & Finely Chopped Granny Smith Apple
  • 1/2- Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2- Cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  • 4- Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 - tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 and grease or spray the bottom of a 8x8 pan
  • Reserve 1/2 a cup of cookie dough and press the rest into the bottom of the pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10- 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes.
  • Mix 3 Tbsp. of flour with your caramel topping in a small bowl.
  • Toss your apples in the other Tbsp of flour and then mix with the chopped pecans.
  • Pour the caramel over the cookie base, sprinkle with the apple & pecan mixture. Then crumble the reserved cookie dough across the top.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Let cool for at least an hour and then cut into 9 pieces

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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