Imagine crunchy and buttery shortbread crust, soft apples drenched in melted caramel and cinnamon, topped with a crispy oat crumble, and then drizzled with more melted caramel. These salted caramel apple crumble bars are phenomenal and a great way to use that extra Halloween candy.
Halloween is upon us. Who are you going as? My default is a zombie because I’m lazy lol. I would love to go as Eleven from Stranger Things, I could totally pull that off. Anyway.
I don’t have any spooky treats for you but what I do have is a great idea to use up any Halloween candy you might have lying around after October 31.
This recipe uses Kraft Classic Caramels. I usually make my own salted caramel sauce but my co-worker Momma C (who is a baker extraordinaire) introduced me to these little squares of heaven. She just melts them with milk (in my case I used half and half) to make caramel sauce so I figured I need to try that!
And because I’m a little obsessed with apples lately (have you seen my apple crumble coffee cake and my rustic apple galette recipes?), what better way than to incorporate them into another apple recipe? And shut the front door these salted caramel apple crumble bars are awesome.
Crunchy and crispy
Truth be told, I prefer soft and chewy bars and cookies. But I will make an exception for these bars.
They are wonderfully crunchy and crispy! The soft apples sandwiched between the crunchy shortbread crust and the crispy oat crumble provides delightful texture.
Caramel candy as sauce
I learned 2 things when using these caramel candies for making caramel sauce. One: they harden faster.
But don’t worry. You can just zap them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so, stir and you’ll have lovely caramel sauce again.
Two: they are stickier. But that is not a bad thing at all. In fact it’s a great thing.
It worked so well with these bars that I don’t think I will sub my homemade sauce for this particular recipe. The bars – already crispy and soft to begin with – take on another layer of texture (stickiness!) for one amazing bite.
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Salted caramel apple crumble bars
These bars are so easy to do too. Make and bake the crust, put chopped apples on top, pour caramel sauce, top with oat crumble, then bake again.
Before you know it your kitchen will be smelling of caramel apples and, to borrow from Martha Stewart, that’s a good thing!
Happy baking! Check back in on Wednesday for more ideas on what to do with your extra Halloween candies and chocolates.
Did you make salted caramel apple crumble bars? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear all about it. What’s your favourite apple dessert?
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