These bars taste like caramel apples, but without all the fuss!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
36 bars
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, butter and shortening until smooth. Combine 1 3/4 cups flour, oats, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Set aside 2 cups of this mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan.

  • In a medium bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, then toss them with the 3 tablespoons of flour. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the prepared crust. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt caramels, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the melted caramels evenly over the apples. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the top of the apple layer. Press down lightly.

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender. Cut while slightly warm and refrigerate any leftover bars.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; protein 1.7g 3% DV; carbohydrates 24g 8% DV; fat 5.2g 8% DV; cholesterol 7.5mg 3% DV; sodium 129.1mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2003
Delicious and moist! Substituted caramel ice cream topping for unwrapped caramels and had no problem getting topping evenly over apples. I heated the topping in the microwave to make the consistency a little thinner which made it easier to pour. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2007
I'm not really sure how to rate these. My husband thought that they were okay and honestly he was a little disappointed. I did like them they reminded me of an apple crisp with carmel. However prep was ridiculously long due to the caramels. I would recommend buying a caramel sundae sauce and just drizzeling it over the apples it would make the process a lot easier. Read More
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99 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 53
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2007
I'm not really sure how to rate these. My husband thought that they were okay and honestly he was a little disappointed. I did like them they reminded me of an apple crisp with carmel. However prep was ridiculously long due to the caramels. I would recommend buying a caramel sundae sauce and just drizzeling it over the apples it would make the process a lot easier. Read More
(65)
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2003
Delicious and moist! Substituted caramel ice cream topping for unwrapped caramels and had no problem getting topping evenly over apples. I heated the topping in the microwave to make the consistency a little thinner which made it easier to pour. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2003
These were quite good, but they do fall apart a bit when you try to cut them while still warm as the recipe suggests. I melted the caramels on the stovetop in a non-stick saucepan with a tablespoon or two of water added and they came out smooth. Rather than try to "spread" the caramel, I just drizzled it over the top of the apples with a spoon and it worked out fine. The prep time for this is quite a bit longer than 15 minutes though....I'd say at least 30 minutes; baking time is accurate. Be sure to use real butter in the crust...it DOES make a big difference in the taste. We liked these better chilled than fresh out of the oven. Quite addicting though...my husband keeps asking for them. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/23/2003
I'd like to preface this by apologizing for this review. I was very disappointed. I followed the recipe verbatim. The chopped apples (I used Granny Smith) were mushy. The flavor was not outstanding. I read such rave reviews I had to try this. I do not consider myself a gourmet but would not feel comfortable serving this at a pot luck or bringing it to a church function. The topping was not appealing to the eye as well. I verified the recipe steps ingred. measurements and feel that this review is merited. Sorry... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2002
These bars were a huge success! If you are a carmel apple lover like myself you will absoltuely love these! Great recipe for fall! Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2005
This is a nice change from regular apple crisp. Very easy to make. I layered caramel apple sheets instead of melting caramels. Saves tons of time unwrapping and melting caramels. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2002
This was so good. I had some difficulty with the caramel topping because it didn't melt to a smooth consistency. A great success. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
I'm not sure about the no fuss issue but these are good. Now how to get the bottom crust to be as crisp as the top. These are best eaten warm...oooh that top crust/crumbles. If I make this again I'll use caramel sauce as others suggested I used stale/hard caramels that I had in my pantry from x-mas & melted with some butter flavored shortening it was somewhat a pain. Thanks Hot Pam. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2002
Delicious... a great way to serve caramel apples. Read More
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