Caramel Apple Bars

5 from 5 votes

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We put these caramel apple bars together this past weekend at our little weekend retreat in the middle of  Nowhere, Wisconsin. 

A plate of dessert bars on a table

It was one of those autumn weekends replete with sunshine, fall colors, and temperatures in the mid-50’s and low 60’s.  It was Badger football weather and apple cider season.  These bars were  a part of it all and you probably have figured out that they were a wild hit with the boys.  And their dads.

A plate of desserts on a table

Saturday found myself and the four juniors harvesting apples from our lone honey crisp tree from our yard in town.  As one of the boys pointed out, our family effectively reaped the rewards of having our own apple orchard this season, all from the branches of a single tree.

A close up of a plate of food, with Apple

Just a a few short hours later that afternoon within the confines of our small lake cottage, some of the apples were beginning their transition to delicious apple butter that had our whole family basking in fall aromas, all night long – not a bad way to fall asleep.  Or, wake up.

A close up of a apple bar

While making a quick pit stop at the local grocer just six miles from the cottage, one of the boys emphatically asked to make caramel apples this weekend.  Into the cart went a bag of caramels and out of the oven on Sunday morning came the caramel apples, in the form of these bars.

A close up of dessert on a plate

Not exactly what they had in mind, but let me point out their were no complaints from the boys with these caramel apple bars.  Zero.   They are soft, chewy, and chock-full of autumn.   If you have a few extra apples laying around, put these sweet bars of fall together and savor the season.   Happy fall.   -Dan



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Caramel Apple Bars

5 from 5 votes
Recipe from Betty Crocker
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Yield: 25 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped apples
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 bag, 14 oz. caramels


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix butter, brown sugar and shortening in large bowl, cream with fork.
  • Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour, the oats, salt, and baking soda.
  • Reserve 2 cups of oat mixture.
  • Over low heat, melt caramels in small sauté pan, stirring occasionally.
  • Press remaining oat mixture into ungreased 13×9 baking dish.
  • In small bowl, mix apples and 3 tablespoons flour and spread over mixture in pan.
  • Pour melted caramel over apples and then sprinkle with reserved oat mixture, press lightly.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.
  • Cut while warm, store covered in refrigerator.


Calories: 183kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 264mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 185IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    We were looking for a caramel apple recipe that was not just a “caramel apple” recipe. This is perfect!! Love your use of the fall leaves in the picture too!

    1. Thanks, Megan. Please give this recipe a try and thanks so much for stopping by Platter Talk!

  2. 5 stars
    These sound delicious I am so ready for dessert…always eat dessert first just in case you are too full after the meal!

  3. 5 stars
    I bet your family was fighting over every last crumb of these scrumptious looking bars! Another beautiful fall dessert for us to love!…

  4. I think this was a MUCH better ideas than caramel apples which is probably what the kids had in mind. No doubt they were not disappointed – who could be?