Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars are made with granny smith apples, brown sugar cinnamon oat streusel topping, and drizzled with easy homemade caramel sauce.

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Whenever the fall baking season rolls around, there’s a few flavors I just can’t resist. This includes pumpkin spice, white chocolate-cranberry, and my absolute favorite – caramel apple. I’m a total sucker for any desserts that combine the two together, and there’s something so delicious about it.

Today I’m so excited to be sharing the recipe for my Homemade Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars, and trust me when I say you’ll want to make these delicious caramel apple pie bars ASAP. 

These delicious salted caramel apple pie bars are just like homemade apple pie except even easier to make! And because they’re in bar form, they’re great for serving at parties, family gatherings, and at Thanksgiving. 

These apple pie bars feature a made-from-scratch buttery shortbread crust, a sweet and tart apple pie filling with granny smith apples, a cinnamon and brown sugar oat streusel topping, and an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. So decadent, delicious, and full of flavor! 

 

More Delicious Fall Desserts: 

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

How to Make Homemade Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Looking at these tantalizing photos right now sure makes me want to whip up another batch of these delicious salted caramel apple pie bars.

I’ve already decided I’m definitely making these for Thanksgiving dinner with the family this year, and judging by the fact my boys and I gobbled them up in a matter of days, I think everyone is gonna love them. 

The slightly tart granny smith apples, brown sugar cinnamon oat streusel, and the sweet/salty flavor of the salted caramel are just so yummy together, and I love the fact that these homemade apple pie bars come together easily!

Do they take a little more work than throwing some store bought apple pie filling and a pre-made crust together? Yes. But are they worth the few extra steps and effort? Absolutely!

And trust me, they will taste 10,000x better than any storebought or pre-made apple pie. 

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars – 4 Delicious Layers

  • Shortbread Crust – Instead of a traditional pie crust, these apple pie bars are made with a delicious and simple shortbread crust. I highly recommend using a food processor for this step, if you have one. You simply add all your ingredients in, and pulse a few times until you have a perfect, buttery, crumbly crust.
  • Apple Pie Bar Filling – Forget canned apple pie filling! You only need 2 apples (I used granny smith), sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg to make your own delicious apple pie filling and it is so quick and easy to mix together. 
  • Cinnamon Oat Streusel Topping – Apples are always made better with a brown sugar and cinnamon streusel topping, and this one also uses old-fashioned oats to add a delicious texture. 
  • Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce – Again, we’re going all homemade on this one and my delicious salted caramel sauce is a breeze to make! 4 simple ingredients and 15 minutes time are all you need!
Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert
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Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

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Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars are made with granny smith apples, brown sugar cinnamon oat streusel topping, and drizzled with easy homemade caramel sauce.


Ingredients

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Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

Apple Pie Bars Filling

  • 2 apples (I used granny smith)
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Oat Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Instructions

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F and spraying a 7×11 pan or 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Next, make the shortbread crust by adding the flour, brown sugar, and butter to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes a crumbly dough.

Add the dough into the prepared pan and gently press evenly (ensuring there are no holes) to reach all edges to form your crust. Place in a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.

While the crust is baking, prepare your apple pie bar filling and streusel topping. Core, peel, and slice your apples into small slices. Place the sliced apples in a bowl and coat in the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well coated.

For the streusel topping, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a bowl. Next, add in cubed butter and incorporate using a pastry blender, two forks, or your hands (my preferred method) until the mixture is like coarse crumbs.

Once crust has baked for 15 minutes, top with the apple slice mixture until all the crust is covered. Top with the oat streusel topping and place in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown.

While the apple pie bars are baking, prepare your homemade salted caramel sauce.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt, and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and stir for 5 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Next, increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook without stirring for 6-7 minutes. The sugar will caramelize and become a deep golden color (almost copper looking).

Remove the pan from the heat and add in the heavy whipping cream and butter. The mixture may bubble up in this step, so be careful.

Allow the caramel to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Remove bars from oven and let cool in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, drizzle the top with the cooled homemade salted caramel sauce and let it set completely before slicing and serving.


Notes

Store leftover caramel apple pie bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze the bars (not drizzled with caramel) for up to 3 months. Bars can be thawed in the fridge and then topped with caramel once ready to eat.

Any leftover caramel sauce can be stored in a glass jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. To reheat, simply place in the microwave and warm for 30 seconds at a time.

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Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert


Who’s ready to make a batch of these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars? Do you love caramel apple flavored things too? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

 

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Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

Try these Easy Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving dessert!  These caramel apple pie bars have a buttery shortbread crust and are made with granny smith apples, a brown sugar-cinnamon oat streusel topping, and are drizzled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce. The most delicious apple pie bar you'll ever eat! #applepiebars #applepie #saltedcaramel #caramelapple #falldessert

 

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