If you love caramel apples and apple pie, these bar cookies are for you. Once cooled, drizzle with a homemade salted caramel sauce or a store-bought caramel sauce.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 pie bars
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Crust:
Apple Filling:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

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  • Combine flour, 1 cup butter, 3/4 cup white sugar, egg, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor; pulse until crumbled and easily formed into dough when pinched. Pour 3/4 of the dough into the prepared pan; press down with your hands until crust is even and well packed.

  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add apples, brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; cook and stir until apples are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch; mix, adding more cornstarch if needed, until liquids are thickened.

  • Pour apple mixture onto crust; smooth with a spatula until even. Crumble remaining dough on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until crumbles on top are lightly brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes; cut into bars.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have a food processor, you could use a hand beater to combine the crust ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 46.4g; fat 14.2g; cholesterol 47.9mg; sodium 122mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2019
I made this for a party I won first place for it. I didn't have enough unsalted butter so I used shortening turned out great. I also used a combination on apples two granny smiths two jonagolds and one honey crisp. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2020
HUGE HIT at family cookout. I followed the recipe, but ended up adding extra cornstarch and tablespoon of butter to the apples at end, but they were super caramely and yummy. Definitely new family favorite. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2021
I made these tonight and my family loved them. They are easy to make, and have a great texture. I love the crumb topping--it crisped up well while sinking into the apples as it baked, and it wasn't overly sweet. Since I was trying to use up some sweeter apples, I left out the 1/2 cup with sugar that should be added to the filling. It worked perfectly. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2019
I made this for a party I won first place for it. I didn't have enough unsalted butter so I used shortening turned out great. I also used a combination on apples two granny smiths two jonagolds and one honey crisp. Read More
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