Shortcut Caramel Apple Bars

Shortcut 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

Minutes

Total Time

1:55

Hr:Mins

Makes

48

bars

Base and Topping
2
cups Gold Medal® 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 Gold Medal® 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.
Makes 48 bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Tip
It's important to use a pan with sides that are at least 1 inch deep, so the ingredients fit and bake properly.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 140
    • (Calories from Fat 50),
  • Total Fat 6g
    • (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 95mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 12g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.