Caramel Apple Bars
2 cups flour
2 cups quick coking oats
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups butter, melted (2 1/2 sticks)
2 cups apples - peeled, cored, sliced, and tossed with a little lemon juice to prevent them from browning)
1 1/2 cups caramel ice cream topping
1/2 cup flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15 X 10 jellyroll pan.
In large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda.
Stir in the melted butter; mix until crumbly. This is the crust.
Press half of the crust mixture into the prepared pan.
Bake for 8 minutes.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the caramel topping and the remaining 1/2 cup flour. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. This is the caramel filling.
Spread apple slices evenly over the baked crust. Sprinkle on the nuts.
Pour the caramel filling over the apple layer.
Crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top of everything.
Bake again for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars.
Pairs Well With
Good anytime, this recipe is especially great in the fall when local apples are abundant. A nice treat as a bar, and a spectacular dessert with a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.