Apple Butter Salted Caramel Bars

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    These apple butter salted caramel bars are filled with homemade apple butter & salted caramel that are then baked to perfection! The ultimate Fall dessert..especially if you top it with vanilla ice cream!

    How in the world is today the last day of August already? We’re less than four months away from Christmas and less than three months away from Thanksgiving. This is so bizarre. I know every year I must say this but I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by!

    To celebrate that tomorrow is the first day of September, I have these apple butter salted caramel bars for you! We all know that September = apples and apples = apple butter! Now, I have to admit, I have never had apple butter before last year when my manager gave me a jar of their family’s homemade apple butter. The story of how they make it is really intriguing. Lots of love and labor goes into a jar and I’m so lucky that she shared a jar with me. It’s a whole family event they have every year and they wake up bright and early (about 5am) and it’s literally a full day’s work. They all take turns stirring it over an open flame in a large cast iron pot (it reminds me of a witch’s pot) because it needs to be attended to constantly. Then at the end of the day, they individually hand jar each of them and then have it for the year! And lucky folks like me get a jar or two :) I can’t wait until she brings me a jar this year! If you want to catch the entire process from start to finish, here is the video!

    These apple butter salted caramel bars are filled with homemade apple butter & salted caramel that are then baked to perfection! The ultimate Fall dessert..especially if you top it with vanilla ice cream!

    These were amazing! I love the gooey center and I will not lie, we put a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top one night. We microwaved the bar a little bit to get it all warm and gooey in the center and then plopped the vanilla ice cream on top and oh my gosh. It was heavenly. The best Fall dessert! I know, it’s not Fall yet but it’s practically Fall so this is the perfect dessert to make!

    These apple butter salted caramel bars are filled with homemade apple butter & salted caramel that are then baked to perfection! The ultimate Fall dessert..especially if you top it with vanilla ice cream!

    Apple Butter Salted Caramel Bars

    The ultimate Fall dessert..especially if you top it with vanilla ice cream!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 35 mins
    Total Time: 50 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8
    Calories: 480kcal
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    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8x8-inch baking pan. Set aside.
    • In a food processor, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, baking soda, salt, and vanilla until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture. Pour remaining crumb mixture to the bottom of the prepared pan and spread evenly. Press the crumb mixture down.
    • Using an offset spatula, spread the apple butter in an even coat on top of the crumb crust. Then drizzle the salted caramel sauce on top (it doesn't have to be even or perfect. It's thick so it won't cover the whole thing. The idea is to have bites of the salted caramel within the bars.)
    • Finally, with the reserved crumb mixture, crumble it on top of the filling.
    • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before slicing into squares

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Apple Butter Salted Caramel Bars
    Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
    Calories 480 Calories from Fat 189
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 21g32%
    Carbohydrates 72g24%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 42g47%
    Protein 4g8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

     

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Homemade apple butter is SO good so I can only imagine how amazing these bars are! Definitely need them in my life ;)

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Apple and caramel is the best and I so want these bars!

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery says:

    So gooey it’s almost illegal. And HOW EXCITED ARE YOU FOR APPLES? Jeeze, I feel like September is food blog Christmas. Make all the flavors!

  • Mary Frances says:

    I’ll have to find some homemade apple butter now, this looks like such a treat!

  • Naomi says:

    Seriously how is September tomorrow?! But kick starting it with apple bars – yasss!

  • Heather Christo says:

    probably can’t imagine anything better!!!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says:

    These are ooey gooey perfection! I’m bummed that we’re losing light and warm weather, but I’m SO excited for cozy, fall recipes like this :)

  • Maria says:

    These look like caramel gooey heaven!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Bring on the Fall baking! These are gorgeous!!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    How are we that close to the holidays already?? I can’t even think about it. Instead I’ll think about how quickly I can make and devour these yummy caramel bars! Love the apple butter addition!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says:

    I’m so ready for all things apple! Love the apple butter salted caramel combo!

  • Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet says:

    YUM! I am going to have to make a GF version here at home. LOVE!

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    These apple butter bars are making me giddy for fall!

  • Jessica @ Sweetest Menu says:

    Oh wow! These bars look magical! Just love all the caramel. I am new to your blog but your recipes look incredible! :)

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    Ok, these make me ready for fall and new flavors to work with! Definitely starting to miss apples and caramel. These look heavenly and the labor of love that goes into the apple butter makes them even better!

  • marla says:

    I’m with you…apple everything this time of year! Love the bars!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Yes and yes! Love apples and with caramel, forget about it. Can’t wait to try these bars!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I adore salted caramel anything, bring on the bars!

  • sneha says:

    lovely recipe.. <3 <3 :)

  • Potato says:

    Looks delicious!??
    But what is Apple butter?

    • Julie says:

      It’s like super-flavored applesauce

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