Do you have extra apples but don't feel like making a pie? Try this easy-to-make bar with layers of brown sugar and oats surrounding apples and melted caramel. Makes 36 bars
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine, softened
- 1⁄4 cup shortening
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 1⁄2 cups coarsely chopped peeled tart apples (3 medium)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 (14 ounce) bag caramels
- Heat oven to 400ºF.
- Mix brown sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl.
- Stir in 1¾ cups flour, the oats, salt and baking soda.
- Reserve 2 cups oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.
- Toss apples and 3 tablespoons flour; spread over mixture in pan.
- Heat caramels over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted; pour evenly over apples.
- Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press lightly.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.
- For 36 bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows while warm.
- Store covered in refrigerator.
I too made these ( actually before Brandi did )but didn't want to be the one to deliver the bad news,however! I used a homemade recipe for the caramels and I thought maybe that was the reason for it not turning out as expected, therefore didn't feel that it deserved a low rating.My experience with this bar was that the caramel mixture just kind of sat on top of the bottom crust.I feel overall this bar would have tasted better had the caramel stayed on top of the apple mixture.However, I am willing to give these another try using store-bought caramels as I'd really like to see this recipe work.The flavour combination sounds so good together!I will try it again and I'll let you know how it works out,Rhonda!!
We really enjoyed these. They really did taste like caramel apples. I had no problems at all with the recipe. The only change I did was instead of using the bagged caramels (our store was out) I used a 16oz carton of caramel dip. (found in produce section... usually by the apples). I just put the caramel dip in the microwave for about a minute to soften it up and then poured it over the apples. Worked great for me. Thank you for sharing.
OMG these turned out HORRIBLE! I followed the recipe right as it tells you, and we had no luck! Trying to melt the caramels without them sticking to the pan was something in itself. I hate to rate so low, maybe someone else will have better luck then I. I let a few people try them and they all said the same, don't make again...sorry!