Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bars are dessert bars that are full of sweetened apples and a caramel layer, topped and baked with oatmeal crumble. Try my Best Apple Crisp for another delicious apple dessert!

One Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bar on White Plate

Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bars

Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bars are a cross between apple crisp and caramel apple pie. These are so crisp and buttery and gooey, you are going to be addicted! Have one with a glass of milk or bring them to your next potluck or family gathering for a treat that everyone will love!

Process Shots of Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bar one with Apple one with Caramel over the Apple Before Baking

Ingredients

There are four main parts to this recipe—the crust, the apple filling, the caramel layer, and the oatmeal crumble topping.

Crust: Use cold butter for the crust. You will bake it for about 15 minutes before adding the other layers.

Apples: I use Granny Smith apples in most of my baked apple desserts. They hold their shape well and the tartness complements the sweet caramel. A few other options you could try would be Honeycrisp apples, Braeburn, or Pink Lady apples.

Caramel: If you don’t have any on hand, make your own homemade caramel to use. Yum!!!

Oatmeal: I used quick oats for the oatmeal crumble topping. You could use old-fashioned, or rolled oats, too.

One Piece of Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bar on White Plate with Whipped Cream and Caramel

How to Serve

These bars are delicious as-is, but you could always add more toppings to really step up the flavor. Serve them with a dollop of whipped cream, more caramel, or even some homemade vanilla ice cream!

Stack of Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bars on White Plate

How to Store Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bars

Store these bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You could also freeze them; they will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Remember to label and date the container.

Fork Cutting into Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bar on White Plate
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Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bars

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Oatmeal Caramel Apple Bars are dessert bars that are full of sweetened apples and a caramel layer, topped and baked with oatmeal crumble.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (42 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) cold butter, diced

Apple Filling

  • 3 cups granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • cup (67 g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

Caramel Layer

  • ¾ cup caramel topping
  • ¼ cup (31 g) all-purpose flour

Topping

  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113g) cold butter, diced
  • ¾ cup (94 g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (42 g) confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, blend the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter. You can use a food processor or pastry cutter, but I prefer my hands. You want the butter to be no bigger than a pea size and the ingredients well incorporated.
  • Press the crust into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

Apple Filling

  • In a medium bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar, and flour. Pour the apples over the baked crust.

Caramel Layer

  • In a small bowl, combine the caramel and flour. Pour over the apple mixture.

Topping

  • In a medium bowl, add cold butter, flour, confectioners’ sugar, and oatmeal. Using your hands, sift the flour over the butter and then start breaking down each piece into pea-sized pieces.
  • Crumble the oatmeal mixture over the apples and caramel mix.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.

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Reader Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing these irresistible bars during the party!! I’ve been craving them since I saw the pics 🙂

  2. Just seen it, but I will make it. Thinking of using peaches instead of apples, because I like them better. Thanks

  3. I saw this recipe on facebook last night. I had to make it. It is awesome!!! Just the right amount of crunch. Great with Caramel drizzle ice cream.
    I will make it again, and again, and again….

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