Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crumble Bars (with step-by-step photos)

Apple crumble bars — melt-in-your-mouth buttery shortbread crust, soft caramel apples, crispy crumble topping. These apple bars are delicious, easy to make and will make your home smell like fall.
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Keyword Autumn, Easy, Fall, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 211kcal
Author Jolina


For the Shortbread Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 pc egg yolk from a large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Apple Filling:

  • 2 pcs Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 20 pcs caramel squares
  • 2 tbsp half and half
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a 9x9 inch baking pan and set aside.
  • Using a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 egg yolk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
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  • Beat on low speed until it resembles a coarse meal.
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  • Press to the bottom of your pan using your hands. Make sure to really pack it in and get to all the corners.
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  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until it turns a light golden brown. Remove and let cool. Don't turn the oven off; lower the oven temperature to 350F.
  • While the crust is baking, melt 20 caramels in a heavy bottomed pan over low heat. When they are almost completely melted, add 2 tablespoons half and half and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir to incorporate and remove from heat.
  • Next turn to your oat crumble: simply mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
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  • Stir until combined and evenly moist.
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  • To assemble your apple crumble bars, place chopped apples on top of baked crust.
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  • Drizzle with caramel sauce.
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  • Then top with oat crumble mixture.
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  • Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crumble is crisp and golden brown.
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  • Cool in the pan before cutting into squares. Drizzle with more caramel sauce and top with ice cream if desired.



Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg