Easy Caramel Apple Cookie Bars

These easy cookie bars are like having an apple pie you can pick up to eat... absolutely a crowd-pleaser! It looks complicated but is worth every second! Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Great alone or warmed and served a la mode!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 (11 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped

  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, divided

  • 3 apples - peeled, cored, and diced

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

  • 1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats

  • ¾ cup butter

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch glass baking pan.

  2. Place condensed milk and caramels in the top of a double boiler over simmering water on low heat. Stir frequently, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until melted, about 5 minutes.

  3. Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, apples, 1/2 cup flour, raisins, and pecans together in a bowl.

  4. Mix remaining brown sugar, remaining flour, oats, butter, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl until the crumbles are the size of small peas. Remove 2 cups of mixture and set aside. Press remaining crumbles firmly into the prepared baking pan; cover evenly with the apple mixture and melted caramel mixture. Top with the reserved crumble mixture, pressing lightly.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until light golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes and cut into squares of desired size. Cover with plastic wrap and let cool in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
8g Fat
42g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 166mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.