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Caramel Apple Crumble Bars served with vanilla ice cream and crumble topping
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Caramel Apple Crumble Bars

These Caramel Apple Crumble Bars are made with a delicious oatmeal crumble crust, coconut, caramel and apples infused with spices.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Bars
Calories: 687kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 3 large Honeycrisp apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 1/2 cups cups flour, divided save 1/2 cup to use seperatley
  • 2 cups brown sugar save 1/2 cup to use seperatley
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 bag caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch morsels not mandatory, but good!

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir apples and 1/2 cup sugar. Let it sit for 20 minutes to get soft and juicy. 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 13x9 baking pan with foil and then overlay with parchment paper. Leave extra parchment paper hanging over the sides so you can remove the bars easily. 
  • Drain the apples and discard liquid. Stir in 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, vanilla, cardamon and nutmeg into the apples and combine well.
  • In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, combine oats, soft butter, baking soda, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, remaining 3 cups flour, remaining 1 1/2 cups brown sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Mix on medium until combined and crumbly.
  • Press 4 cups (save the rest for later) of the crumb mixture into the prepared baking pan.  
  • Bake for 20 minutes and let it cool for 5 minutes. 
  • Stir pecans into the remaining crumb mixture you saved. You will add this to the top and also store some for ice cream topping, yum!
  • Spread apple mixture over the baked, warm crust. Sprinkle with some of the reserved oat crumbs. 
  • Bake for 40 minutes, them remove and let it cool and then refrigerate it until it's firm, about 1-3 hours. 
  • Using the excess parchment paper, pull to remove from the pan and then cut into bars.
  • Melt the caramels as advised on the package. You can use the microwave in 15-second intervals until melted. 
  • Drizzle the caramel over the cut bars and serve. You can refrigerate for 3 days. 
  • This is best served with vanilla ice cream, extra crumb topping and more caramel sauce. You can also add butterscotch morsels to the top as well. Literally heaven in a bowl! 

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 687kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2.5mg