Caramel Apple Bars


1x 8″ (20 CM)
square pan
Makes 25-36 bars

Prep Time:

25 minutes

Cook Time:

42 minutes


About this Recipe

Recipe from Set for the Holidays
Appetite for Random House, 2018

These bars are a perfect option to replace apple pie as a plated dessert at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The homemade butter caramel sauce inside the bars and on top really adds sparkle.



  • 2 cups (300 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (100 g) regular rolled oats (not instant)
  • ¾ cup (150 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup (175 g) unsalted butter, melted

    Filling & Assembly

    Step by Step Instructions

    Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch (20 cm) square pan with parchment paper.

    Step 2

    For the base, stir the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and baking powder in a large mixing bowl by hand. Add the melted butter and stir until the mixture is rough and crumbly (like a fruit crisp topping).

    Step 3

    Firmly press two-thirds of this mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes, until browned just a little at the edges. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

    Step 4

    For the filling, arrange the sliced apples on top of the baked crust (it’s okay if it’s still warm). Drizzle ½ cup (125 mL) of the warm caramel sauce over the apples, and then top with the remaining crumble mixture, pressing down gently.

    Step 5

    Bake for 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack to room temperature. 6. Drizzle the remaining ¼ cup (60 mL) of caramel sauce over the pan and then chill uncovered for at least 2 hours before slicing.