If I could recommend one Fall activity, it would be apple picking! We went a couple years ago, and it was so much fun to be up in the mountains, surrounded by apple trees, and picking your own apples. The downside (which is hardly a bad thing), is that you will have tons and tons of apples and no idea what to do with them!
Well here’s an idea! Salted caramel apple bars! They taste like apple pie with a hint of salty-sweet caramel. And by that I mean, DELICIOUS!
The recipe is essentially a blondie recipe with apples baked in and caramel sauce swirled into the batter.
The result, as I mentioned, is a lot like apple pie! But, if you are anything like me, you like the crust more than the apple part of the apple pie. So these bars have just the right amount of apple for me.
And if want even more caramel sauce, just drizzle any left over caramel over the top. You can’t go wrong with extra caramel.
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp all spice
- pinch of clove
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced
- 2 tbsp caramel sauce
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep a 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and/or cooking spray.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together butter and sugars. Mix in egg and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Slowly add in mixture to butter and sugar and mix until incorporated. Fold in apples.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Drizzle caramel over top and swirl into batter with a knife. Sprinkle sea salt over top.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, or until edges are brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve with extra caramel sauce.