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Caramel Apple Squares…

by Jamie on November 1, 2008

After a wonderful time at the local orchard this past weekend, I found myself wanting to make all things apple. Since I believe I may have over-purchased a bit, I wanted to get to baking. This first delectable apple treat I am going to share is a recipe for caramel apple squares. This recipe combines the delicious tastes of apples, brown sugar and caramel…they will leave you licking your fingers! I made these last night and the boyfriend took the entire 9×13 pan to work. He said they were gone so quick he did not even get one! Luckily, I had saved two for photo purposes, so he got to taste one of the scrumptious treats after dinner.

I do not not know if I am late to the party, but I need to rave about Honey Crisp Apples…they are amazing! I tried them for the first time last year, but to my disappointment came to find out that they are only available during specific times of the year. If you have never tried these and can get your hands on some…DO IT, they are amazing! I used Honey Crisp Apples in this recipe!

Caramel Apple Bars Adapted from allrecipes

Ingredients
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped apple
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and walnuts.

3. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.
5. After these cooled I drizzled them with melted Kraft Caramel Bits! Enjoy!

Up next TwD and a great way to use up that leftover Halloween candy!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya November 1, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I love your blog! I was thinking about making the pumpkin cream cheese muffins but now will have to make these as well!!! Yummmmmmm.

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The Food Librarian November 1, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Awesome looking bars! It’s on my list to make next! :)

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Erin November 1, 2008 at 7:10 pm

These look so good! I love apples and caramel!

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Jerry November 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Drool!

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Leonor de Sousa Bastos November 2, 2008 at 4:17 pm

With such a tasty look I bet I would eat it even faster…

And I’m sure I’d be licking my fingers in the end!
:)

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Miri November 3, 2008 at 12:54 am

These look so YUM and comforting! Love that caramel drizzle, it makes them look so tempting!

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Megan November 4, 2008 at 12:09 am

YUM! i’ve been looking for some ways to enjoy caramel apples after halloween. these squares may be just the thing!

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super salad November 4, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I had some extra golden delicious which aren’t great for out of hand but do well in baked goods. I just pulled these out of the oven to nibble as we watch election results roll in. They smell awesome. Thanks!

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Ray and Tammy November 5, 2008 at 10:22 am

This recipe looks so good! That’s it. I have GOT to try these!
-Tammy

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The DeL Sisters November 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Those look really yummy…..I love your little pb cup cookies too!

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elenis October 15, 2009 at 6:48 am

Oh my goodness, look at all those goodies!
YUUMMMMMMM….

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sct October 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I was looking for some sort of apple bars or cake, and this is exactly what I wanted! They are so delicious! I have to stop myself or I will seriously eat the whole pan of them.

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Betty March 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I saw these bars on your site,made them ,and are they ever wonderful,We have a friend who came over ,just after I baked them ,He absolutely loved them .
He just asked that I make them again for him……..one exception ,i make a caramel glaze and drizzle over them,not caramel candies…….one of my favorite recipes……thanks for the great recipe.

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Joline Frecker September 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

These look and sound really yummy Going to make some for the next church supper the 2nd of October. Always looking for new receipes and this one should be a big hit. Bet they go fast. Will let you now after the supper.

Joline

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sam-i-am September 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

my hole family loves apples, so this is a must try in my home. I love the look too this would be a good hoilday dessert. you know you get a lot of apples at christmas time. now if you could them with peaches, sounds good 2. Yummm, thanks for this.

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Betty October 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I have made these several times ,/they are one of the most delicious bars that i know of….One exception ,I make a caramel sauce and drizzle over ,Delicious as can be .this is definately a winner ,Anyone wondering about making it,If you love apples and caramel ,just go for it…..Truly delicious

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Claire October 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Hey there,
I had a go at making these squaures today as they look absolutely delicious, however mine have turned out completely wrong and are too cakey and dry. I was expecting the bars to be denser and more brownie like so I’m really disappointed, although I’m sure its nothing to do with your recipe. What could I have done wrong? I’m from the UK and I’m not so good at working with cup measurements- maybe I got the proportions of ingredients wrong? Please help! I’d really like to have a go at doing these again but I don’t want them to turn out like they did this time!
Thanks :)
Claire

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Jamie October 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Claire-
I really do not know what the problem would be as I am not too familiar with scaling US measurements to work for UK bakers. I am sorry I cannot be of more help to you.
-Jamie

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Armyof6 November 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Made these over the weekend for a halloween party & they came out great :)

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Corrie Anne October 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Made these for my husband tonight! He loved them! :)

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PR October 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

These look and sound yummy! Will be trying soon….if Honey Crisp Apples are not available, what is your suggestion for the next best apple to use – Granny Smith? One other question – ‘chopped’ apple…how small or big did you chop them? Thanks for all your good recipes and postings.

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Rachel (teacher-chef) October 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I made these recently for school and they went as fast as you say they did when your boyfriend brought them to work! I have had co-workers bugging me for weeks to make these again and I am finally doing so – thanks for sharing this great (super simple) recipe and I hoe things are going well :-)

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Michelle M April 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Nice way to use up extra apples…….especially nice served warm with ice cream!! Thanks!

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Sara C October 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

I made these and the caramel on the top got VERY hard and made the bars very hard to cut. I am wondering if I overcooked the caramel? I was able to take it off easily and still ejoy these awesome bars!!!

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Jamie January 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Hi Sara,
It does sound like the caramel was cooked too long. It hardens when it cools like a brittle if it’s been cooked too long.
- Jamie

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