Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Caramel Apple Bars

A few years back I typed each recipe that I had "stored" on a piece of paper, napkin, magazine cut-out, etc., printed them off and put them in a binder. I had about 250 recipes. Thank goodness for blogging now because I have way more than that! This is one the recipes in my big black binder so I have no idea where it came from. These bars are easy to make and good for you, they have apples in them! :) I'm not against nuts, but sometimes I don't want to eat them so I usually leave them out. I also don't put this on a jelly roll pan, I use a 9 X 13 pan, it makes the bars thicker!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups butter, melted
2 cups apples - peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups caramel ice cream topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 15x10 inch jellyroll pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, quick cooking oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Stir in the melted butter. Mix until crumbly. This is the crust. Press 1/2 of this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes in preheated oven. In a small pan, over medium heat combine the caramel topping and the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. This is the caramel filling. Spread apple slices evenly over the baked crust. Sprinkle on the nuts. Then Pour the caramel filling over the apple layer. Crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top of everything. Bake again for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars.

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