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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

You know the holidays are closing in when the ingredients for MUST DO Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars hit the grocery list!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple caramel recipes, apple pie, apples, baking with apples, christmas dessert, desserts apple, desserts with apple, make apple pie bars, salted caramel apple pie bars, thanksgiving dessert
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 456kcal
Cost: $0.26 per serving

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Equipment

  • 9 x 13-inch baking pan
  • parchment paper
  • handheld electric mixer
  • mixing bowls
  • cooking spray
  • food processor

Ingredients

Ingredients For Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

    for the buttery shortbread crust

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup light brown sugar  packed
    • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup pecans processed in food processor until very fine
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

    for the fresh apple filling

    • 6 large apples any variety, peeled, cored, and sliced
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh
    • 1/2 cup light brown sugar  packed
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

    for the golden brown streusel topping

    • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup pecans rough chopped
    • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
    • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 3/4 cups unsalted butter melted

    optional for serving

    • caramel sauce
    • flakey sea salt such as Malden

    Instructions

    The Method

      make the buttery shortbread crust

      • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 13-inch straight-sided baking pan. Cut a parchment sheet to fit the length of the bottom and sides of the pan with a 2-inch overhang at each end. Next, cut another sheet of parchment to fit the width of the bottom and sides of the pan with a 2-inch overhang on each side. Spray the bottom inside and top of the pan with cooking spray to ensure the parchment stays in place.
        Take note of which sheet of parchment you are fitting LAST, as these overhangs will be the ones to grab when lifting from the pan.
      • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add flour, ground pecans, and salt and mix until just combined. Press into prepared pan 1/2-inch up sides. Bake until lightly golden, about 20 minutes. 

      make the fresh apple filling

      • In a large bowl, toss apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together. Scrape the apple mixture over the crust and using a spatula, spread evenly to all corners. Set aside.

      make the streusel topping

      • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pecans, brown sugar, oats, and salt. With the tines of a fork, stir in melted butter until mixture is lumpy. Use your hands to sprinkle crumb topping over apples, breaking up any especially large lumps with your fingers. Bake 1 hour. Top will be a nice golden brown color and apples will be soft. Let cool completely, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
      • Grab parchment overhangs of the piece of parchment you lined the baking dish with LAST. SLOWLY lift the straight up and place immediately on a cutting surface. Keep the parchment under the bake in place. Slice into 18 equally sized bars. Offer a bowl of caramel sauce or drizzle lightly with caramel before serving. Top with bits of flakey sea salt.

      Notes

      Please Note that table salt and iodized salt are NOT substitutions for Kosher salt. Do not use table salt or iodized salt in any of the recipes you find on Not Entirely Average UNLESS specified otherwise.
      To Store in a flat plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. They may be stored on the counter at room temperature overnight, or refrigerated for up to three days.
      To Freeze load them in a flat plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Use sheets of parchment between layers. Frozen, these easy salted caramel apple bars with keep for up to three months.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1serving | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

      Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.