Savor the Flavor of the Season with This Tasty Apple Treat

Granny Smith apples and caramelsSeptember is apple season in New York, and we can’t think of a better way to start off autumn than with a tasty apple recipe that’s sure to be a hit with adults and kids alike. It combines the delicious flavor of apple crisp with the whimsical delight of a caramel apple – all in one easy recipe. These caramel apple bars can be whipped up in just a few minutes and are great for an after-school treat or for a fall get-together with friends. Keep reading to learn more!

Caramel Apple Bars


  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 ¾ cups + 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 4 ½ cups peeled, chopped tart apples (such as Granny Smith)
  • 1 14 oz. bag caramels, unwrapped


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix brown sugar, butter, and shortening in a large bowl until smooth and well blended.
  • Stir in 1 ¾ cups flour and oats, salt, and baking soda until crumbly.
  • Reserve 2 cups of this mixture; press the remaining mixture into an ungreased 13”x9” pan.
  • In a large bowl, toss apples with the remaining 3 tbsp of flour. Top the oat mixture you pressed into the pan with the apple mixture, making sure it’s even.
  • In a small saucepan, heat caramels over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.
  • Drizzle caramel even over the apples.
  • Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the caramel and press lightly.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.
  • Cool for at least 20 minutes on a cooling rack before serving.

You can find all the ingredients you need for this recipe right at Charlie Johns. We have fresh, delicious apples available in our produce section, and a complete lineup of baking products – from flour and salt to sugar and spice! Stop in today to see how we can help make your fall baking a breeze.

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