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Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars

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Last week my sister-in-law, Whitney, and I spent some time in the kitchen together and created the most amazing fall dessert.

Because of the chill in the air, we both had fall on the brain.  After brainstorming for a bit, we decided to make Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars. We are both in love with salted caramel everything and thought the salted caramel sauce would make the Apple Crumb Bars extra special…and we were right. These bars are extra, extra special! The apple crumb bars are good, but with the salted caramel sauce, they are to die for.

Whitney made the salted caramel sauce, while I worked on the apple crumb bars. Don’t be intimidated by the caramel sauce. I promise it is easy to make. Just make sure you watch it closely. Caramel can go from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds. You can use store-bought caramel sauce, if you absolutely have to, but I beg you to make homemade salted caramel sauce. It will change your life for the better.

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We added fleur de sel to the caramel. If you don’t have fleur de sel, you can use Maldon sea salt flakes. A flaky salt works best because it melts in with the caramel. When Whit was done with the caramel, she let me have a taste-creamy caramel with a hint of salt-perfection. I was tempted to skip the bars and just drink the jar of caramel sauce, but I was trying to be on my best behavior since we had company:)

The bars have a thick buttery crust, a layer of spiced apples that get drizzled with the salted caramel sauce, and a crumb topping. When the bars were cool, I cut them into squares and drizzled them with additional salted caramel sauce.

We served the Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars for dessert and everyone loved them! High five Whitney! We are a great team!

Fall is in the air and that means you need a special fall dessert. It doesn’t get any better than these Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars. So get in the kitchen and make them happen!

And if you are a pumpkin fan, make sure you check out our 50 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall post! You better start now so you can make them all:)

Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars

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Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars-the perfect dessert for fall. These bars are also good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Yield: 16 bars

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

 

For the Apple Filling:

5 cups peeled and diced apples (I used Granny Smith)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice

For the crust:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Salted Caramel Sauce (can use store bought)

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. For the apple filling- place the diced apples in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground all-spice. Pour over the apples and carefully combine. Set aside.
  3. For the dough-in a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or by using your hands, until butter is mixed in, but you still have small chunks of butter. Mix the egg and vanilla together. Add into the flour and butter mixture and combine. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan.
  4. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the bottom crust. Drizzle about 3/4 cup of salted caramel sauce over the apple filling. Crumble the remaining dough over the apple caramel layer and pat gently.
  5. 5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Drizzle salted caramel sauce over the squares and serve.

Note-you won’t use all of the salted caramel sauce for this recipe. Store the leftover sauce in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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