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three salted caramel apple pie bars on top of each other with caramel dripping down on a white surface

Salted Caramel Apple Bars

Rich brown sugar shortbread base is topped with tart apples, salted caramel, and a brown sugar oat crumble topping. Then drenched in homemade salted caramel these Salted Caramel Apple Bars are irresistible! 

  • Total Time: 1 hour 13 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x


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  • 188 grams (1 1/2 Cup) All-Purpose Flour/ Plain Flour
  • 150 grams (3/4 Cup) Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6oz (1 1/2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, cold and diced

Crumble Topping

  • 50 grams (1/2 Cup) Oats, Old Fashioned or Quick-Cooking
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cloves and Ground Allspice


  • 3 Medium Cooking Apples*, I used Granny Smith sliced into 1/4" pieces (4 Cups Sliced Apples)
  • 31 grams (1/4 Cup) All-Purpose Flour/ Plain Flour
  • 50 grams (1/4 Cup) Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Allspice




  1. Preheat 350F/180C and line an 8"X8" pan with foil, so the foil hangs over the sides of the pan. Grease the pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Using clean hands rub in the cold butter. Rub together with your fingers or a pastry blender. Once combined press 2/3 of the mixture into prepared pan. Use your hands to press into an even layer. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until set and lightly golden brown. Prepare remaining parts while the crust bakes.

Crumble Topping

  1. Add the oats, cinnamon, cloves, and all spice to the remaining shortbread mixture. Use your hands to rub everything together. Place the bowl into the fridge while you prepare the filling. 

Apple Filling

  1. In a large bowl place sliced apples, flour, brown sugar, and spices together. Place in the fridge while the crust finishes baking. 


  1. When the crust is baked let it cool for 5 minutes then place sliced apples in an even layer on top of the crust then sprinkle the crumble on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, the top should be golden brown and the apples bubbling. The internal temperature should be 175F/80C.
  2. Let the bars cool in the pan on the counter for 30 minutes then in the fridge for two hours. They need ample time to cool so that the apple filling sets up properly.
  3. When ready to serve drizzle salted caramel all over the top. Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


*Cooking Apples: Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, Cortland

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 53 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple pie bars, apple crumble bars, caramel apple bars

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