If you love apple pie, you are going to LOVE these tender and perfect Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars! A buttery shortbread cookie crust, topped with cinnamon-sugar sliced apples and a brown-sugar oatmeal streusel, drizzled with salted caramel and sprinkled with flaked sea salt - these are apple pie perfection, bite after delicious bite!
This family favorite recipe ranks right up there with fresh baked Classic Apple Pie, Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Upside-Down Caramel Pecan Apple Pie - the perfect little bite of apple pie in bar form. These are the perfect addition to our November Pie Celebration!
And for those days when you don't have a lot of time to put together a fresh apple pie, you can have these delicious Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars in the oven in mere minutes, and cooling on the counter in about an hour. The shortbread cookie crust is pressed into the pan with your fingers, and as fast as you can peel and slice a couple of apples, these are just about done. The perfect recipe for someone learning how to cook - not fussy at all, but the results are always extraordinary!
And the fresh baked apple and cinnamon spice smells coming out of your oven? Heavenly! Better than any candle on the market!
Don't skip the sea salt! If you've never tried a sprinkle of flaked sea salt on top of caramel, you are in for a treat. The perfect balance of salty-sweetness in every apple-filled bite. And you can enjoy these hot from the oven, cooled to room temperature, or even chilled from the fridge - it's all good!
You could also bedazzle these with some chopped pecans, but they are pretty spectacular all on their own. I usually double the recipe and bake these up in a 9x13-inch pan, because they disappear fast. I've lost track of how many times someone has asked me "Are there any more of those Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars left? Just one?"
1/2 cup (120g) unsalted butter (melted)
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (sifted, spooned & leveled)
Apple Pie Filling:
3-4 cups fresh apple slices (2 large apples (1 tart variety – granny smith, and 1 sweet variety -
like a honey crisp or gala) (washed, cored, peeled and thinly sliced 1/8 inch thick)
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup (70g) packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter (cold and cut into small pieces)
Salted Caramel Drizzle:
Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce or Apple Cider Caramel Sauce
Flaked Sea Salt
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: 9 servings (original recipe)
Originally posted October 2013; revised and reposted September 2020.
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