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Caramel Apple Bars

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Caramel Apple Bars are a sweet treat that are perfect for Fall. A delicious combination of a buttery oat crust, topped with caramel apples.

caramel apple bars stacked in a pile of three
Image: Feeding Your Fam / Sarah Alvord

Who doesn’t love the Fall with its crisp air, fresh fruits; apples in so many varieties, pears and peaches? As well as garden vegetables, like squash, zucchini and tomatoes.

This apple recipe is a perfect combination of a caramel apple and an apple pie. The flavors of cinnamon and sugar make these one of the best Fall dessert recipes.

Ingredients for Caramel Apple Bars:

To make these apple caramel bars you will need just a few, pantry staple ingredients, plus some wrapped caramels. To make this recipe you will need:

  • all purpose flour
  • old fashioned oats- I do not recommend using quick oats for this recipe
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • butter- unsalted
  • cinnamon
  • egg
  • Granny Smith apples- other varieties that would work in this recipe are; Fiji or Gala
  • vanilla
  • caramels- I used Werther’s Chewy Caramels, but other wrapped caramels will work
  • heavy cream

⭐️ Full ingredient measurements and recipe instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

apple caramel bar sliced into a square on a white plate
Image: Feeding Your Fam / Sarah Alvord

How to Make Caramel Apple Bars

This easy Fall recipe starts by making the oat crust, then adding on the cooked apples. It takes a few minutes to put together, but totally worth it. Let’s walk through the simple steps to make this delicious caramel apple treat.

Step 1: start by making the crumb crust and topping. Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt and baking soda until well combined. Add in the egg and vanilla and stir. Next, mix in the butter by cutting in with a pastry knife or use two knives to cut it in. You can also use clean hands to mix it up until a sand like mixture is formed.

Press 3/4 of the dough mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish until it makes an even layer. Use your hands or the back of a drinking glass or even a measuring cup to make it smooth.

Bake the crust for 10 minutes in a 350º F oven.

buttery oat crust in the bottom of a glass baking dish

Step 2: While the crust bakes, make the caramel apple filling. Place the unwrapped caramels, apples and heavy cream in a large pot or saucepan over low heat.

Stir the mixture until the caramel is melted and smooth, the apples are heated through and begin to soften.

caramel and chopped apples in a large pot

Step 3: pour the caramel apple mixture over the top of the crust and sprinkle the remaining flour mixture over the top of the caramel apples.

Place back into the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown on top and the apples are soft.

Allow to cool before slicing.

baked caramel apple bars in a glass baking dish
Image: Feeding Your Fam / Sarah Alvord

Tips and Tricks

This fall dessert recipe is pretty easy to make, be sure to follow these tips to help make this recipe come together smoothly.

  • cook the caramels and apples on a low temperature. It can be tempting to want to turn up the heat to make this step go quicker, but you don’t want to burn the caramels or the cream that are on the bottom of the pan. Low and slow is best.
  • cook the bottom crust first to get the best, crunchy crust. This will insure that the bottom doesn’t get soggy.
  • allow the caramel apple bars to cool before slicing to make nice, even slices. The caramel will not harden, but will be soft and chewy, perfect for slicing and snacking.

Make These Ahead

This recipe for caramel apple bars is really best made and eaten the day of. Since the apples do contain moisture in them naturally, they will make the crust and top crumble soften after a day.

How to Store

While they are still delicious the next day and can definitely be stored on the countertop and eaten for the next 3 days, I suggest planning on making and serving these the same day.

These can also be frozen as one whole pan or sliced into individual portions and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.

slice of square made from buttery oat crust with apples and caramels
Image: Feeding Your Fam / Sarah Alvord

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stack of bars made from apples and caramels
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Caramel Apple Bars

Caramel apple bars are a sweet Fall treat made from caramel candies and tart apples.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 231kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, cold
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 package Werther's Chewy Caramels 50 pieces, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350º F, grease 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla. Cut in butter until a sandlike mixture is formed.
  • Press 3/4 of the mixture into prepared baking dish until even. Bake crust for 10 minutes.
  • While crust bakes, combine apples, caramels and cream in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until the caramel is melted and the apples begin to soften.
  • Remove the crust from the oven and top with the caramel apple mixture.
  • Crumble remaining crust mixture over the apples.
  • Bake for 15-20 more minutes until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool before slicing.



  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: Caramel Apple Bars
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