These salted caramel apple bars are the perfect treat for after trick or treating or maybe even after dinner with a scoop of ice cream. Scott says they do not even need the caramel, but really, why wouldn’t you?
I typically post a lot of apple recipes the month of October but its been pretty busy around here, so my experiments have been far and few in between. I think you will appreciate the long wait though, as these have been pretty popular around here.
I like making my own caramel sauce, which you will find here, but if that doesn’t sound like fun to you, any store bought brand will work just fine.
Salted Caramel Apple Bars- Serves 16 bars
Crust- Stick of butter, melted, 1/4 C sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, dash of salt and 1 C flour
Filling- 2 large apples ( I used honeycrisp and gala), peeled and thinly sliced, 2 TB flour, 2 TB sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, dash of nutmeg.
Streusel- 1/2 C old fashioned oatmeal, 1/3 C brown sugar, dash of cinnamon, 1/4 C flour, 1/4 C butter, cubed and either home made caramel sauce or store bought.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of an 8″ square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides. (trust me, you will want to do this).
While the oven is preheating, make your crust. Stir the melted butter, sugar and salt together. Add the flour and stir until combined. Press mixture into pan and bake 15 minutes while you are making your streusel and filling.
Start with your filling. Combine sliced apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl until all the apples are coated.
For the streusel, whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour together. Cut in butter. I use my hands to mix together until it becomes crumbly.
When the crust is done baking, layer the apples on top of the warm crust and pat them down tight. Sprinkle with streusel and bake for about 35 minutes until golden brown.
When done baking, allow to cool for about 20 minutes at room temp and then chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. Lift the foil out of the pan. Cut into bars and then drizzle with caramel. Sprinkle sea salt over the top. Enjoy immediately!