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Caramel Apple Pie Bars

by Milisa on September 20, 2011

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Caramel Apple Pie Bars

With fall comes an abundance of apples and therefore the beloved apple desserts.  This is a dessert I had been thinking about for a while and it really turned out tasty but a little messy.  I was hoping for perfect little squares when I cut it, but the crust was a little crumbly.  Oh well, like I said it tasted great and it was so much easier than making an apple pie.

Over the weekend my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.  It was Saturday and we went to the boys six-man football game, which they won by the way.  After the game my sweet husband offered to take me to dinner, but a 45 minute drive wasn’t that appealing.  Instead he cooked me a delicious dinner and we hung out with the kids.

My youngest son asked if it was my anniversary or was it Dad’s anniversary.  I explained it was both,  to celebrate the day we got married.  He said, “Oh, I understand that, but why is Dad doing all this stuff for you and you aren’t doing anything for Dad?”  I had a harder time explaining that one.  It’s always funny what little kids think.

When you have an abundance of apples, this is a great dessert that you can throw together really quick.  I think you’ll like it.

Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Ingredients:

crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 12 graham crackers)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

filling:

  • 4 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup dulce de leche caramel
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter until well combined.  Press into a 13 x 9-inch pan.

In a large bowl, add apples, toss with lemon juice. Add brown sugar and flour and toss to combine.  Spread apples evenly over crust.

Heat dulce de leche in microwave for about 30 seconds.  Dollop over apples, and sprinkle with pecans.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until apples are softened.

Allow to cool slightly.  Serve warm or at room temperature and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you have some.

Enjoy!

Miss 

Looking for more apple desserts? You might like Apple Pie Egg Rolls or Fresh Apple Cake!

 

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Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet September 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

Yes please. :) why must you live so far away from me??

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Deborah September 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Happy anniversary! And these look great. I need to get out some apples and start baking!!

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Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook September 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Happy Anniversary! What a cute comment from your youngest son. :)
Can I tell you, I am a huge fiend for any and all things apple dessert related? I think I love Fall because of the apple cider donuts and apple cider we’d get from the farm, the apple pies and upside down cakes my Mom would make, and the home made apple sauce.
Love the simplicity of this recipe for when I have no time to bake a pie but want that taste.

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Megan Pence September 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Happy Anniversary!! And wow, your boys are adorable.
This looks absolutely fantastic, thank goodness new crops of apples are coming in. I may have to try this with Honeycrisps, they’re my apple-obsession.

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Cassie@ Bake Your Day September 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

Delicious and perfect for fall. I love those desserts that you dream up in your head for a while. I do that often and most of the time the first batch turns out in a disaster but it tastes delicious!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 22, 2011 at 7:22 am

Happy Anniversary! That’s sweet that your husband made dinner for you, I hope you guys had a great evening.

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Cookin' Canuck September 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

Happy Anniversary! I love your son’s comment – kids are so funny. These bars sounds like a wonderful fall dessert.

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

oh i love these! Happy anniversary!

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Nelly Rodriguez September 25, 2011 at 5:25 am

Ohh this looks awesomely delicious!

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Nichol September 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

I hope you had a nice anniversary! These look scrumptious!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

These sound perfect; I am powerless over anything apple and caramel. And Happy Anniversary!

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