Caramel Apple Bars

Ideal for a fall potluck or gathering. Mix these up in only half an hour and make four dozen.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 55 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 48

Ingredients

Base and Topping

2
cups all-purpose flour
2
cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2
cups packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4
cups butter or margarine, melted

Filling

1 1/2
cups caramel ice cream topping
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
2
cups coarsely chopped peeled apples
1/2
cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat base and topping ingredients on low speed until crumbly. Press half of mixture (about 2 1/2 cups) in pan to form base; reserve remaining mixture for topping. Bake 8 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, mix caramel topping and 1/2 cup flour until well blended. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly.
  • 3 Remove partially baked base from oven. Sprinkle with apples and walnuts. Pour caramel mixture evenly over top. Sprinkle with reserved topping mixture.
  • 4 Return to oven; bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Bar
    Calories
    140
    (
    Calories from Fat
    50),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    6g
    6%
    (Saturated Fat
    2 1/2g,
    2 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    15mg
    15%;
    Sodium
    95mg
    95%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    22g
    22%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    12g
    12%
    ),
    Protein
    2g
    2%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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