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These Salted Caramel Apple Bars are everything! Shortbread crust + apple slices + homemade salted caramel + streusel crumbly topping = best fall dessert! showmetheyummy.com #apple #caramel
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Salted Caramel Apple Bars

These Salted Caramel Apple Bars are everything! Shortbread crust + apple slices + homemade salted caramel + streusel crumbly topping = best fall dessert!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, salted caramel, shortbread crust
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 520kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Apples

  • 2-3 large honey crisp apples thinly sliced

Salted Caramel Filling

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Streusel Topping (you can halve if you want, but I like a lot of topping)

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8 x 8 nonstick baking pan.

Crust

  • Using your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Now mix in flour, vanilla, and salt until well combined.
  • Place dough in baking pan and press down until it fits evenly in the pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes, while you make the filling.

Apples

  • Slice apples thinly. Place over cooled crust.

Salted Caramel

  • Mix the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for about 3-5 minutes, until it gets thicker.
  • Slowly add in half-and-half and vanilla. Continue to whisk.
  • Raise the heat to medium/medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Boil for 60 seconds.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the salt.
  • Let cool slightly before pouring over apples.

Streusel Topping

  • Whisk together dry ingredients and then cut in the butter, using your hands or a fork, until it resembles coarse crumbles.
  • Sprinkle evenly over the caramel.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until apples are tender and streusel is bubbly.
  • Let cool before slicing and serving!

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.6mg