Caramel Apple Crumb Bars


Caramel Apple Crumb Bars

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    Top caramel apple bars with a crumbly oatmeal topping and a fresh berry sauce for a new twist on a fall favorite. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 20
    Berry Sauce
    1 c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts triple-berry blend
    1 c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts strawberries, sliced
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    1 tbsp. cold water
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee cornstarch
    Caramel Apple Crumb Bars
    ¾ c. plus 3 Tbsp. Hy-Vee salted butter, softened and divided
    1 c. Hy-Vee brown sugar, packed
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee baking soda
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee ground cinnamon
    1 ¾ c. plus 1/4 c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour, divided
    1 c. Hy-Vee old-fashioned rolled oats
    ½ c. Hy-Vee chopped pecans
    6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
    1 (11-oz.) pkg. caramels, unwrapped
    Hy-Vee vanilla ice cream, for serving
    Hy-Vee Short Cuts triple-berry blend and sliced strawberries, for serving

    Things To Grab

    • Small saucepan
    • Strainer
    • 2 medium bowls
    • Electric mixer
    • 13x9-inch baking pan


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare Berry Sauce: Combine triple berry blend, sliced strawberries, and sugar in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until berries are softened. Puree and strain berry mixture; discard solids and return sauce to saucepan. Combine water and cornstarch; add to saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Remove from heat; cool in refrigerator.

    2. Beat 3/4 cup butter on medium for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Beat 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl. Beat in 1-3/4 cups flour and oats until well combined. Reserve 1-1/2 cups mixture; combine with pecans and set aside. Press remaining mixture into a 13x9-inch baking pan.

    3. Toss apples with remaining 1/4 cup flour; spread over crust in pan. Melt caramels and remaining 3 tablespoons butter over low heat, stirring occasionally. Drizzle caramel over apples. Top with reserved oats mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden; cool. 

    4. To serve, cut dessert into 20 bars; place on serving plates. Top with Berry Sauce and, if desired, additional berries and ice cream. 

    Nutrition facts


    380 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 21g
    • Cholesterol: 45mg
    • Sodium: 27mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 47g
    • Protein: 3g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 4%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%