One of the easiest apple desserts to make this fall: Caramel Apple Crumb Bars. Delicious brown sugar crust and topping and creamy apple filling.
We love these crumb bars during fall, as much as we love my Cherry Pie Crumb Bars during summer.
CARAMEL APPLE CRUMB BARS
I made another version of my favorite bars: sour cream crumb bars. My crumb bars are one of the easiest recipes on my site and so easily adaptable to any season and any flavors. You name it, I can make it into these crumb bars. My favorites are Strawberry Pie Crumb Bars and the popular Pumpkin Spice Crumb Bars.
This time, I added homemade apple butter, shredded apple and drizzled the finished product with sweet caramel glaze. Best idea ever!
Caramel Apple Crumb Bars Ingredients:
- brown sugar
- powdered sugar
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- sour cream
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- apple butter or applesauce
- Granny Smith apple
I used my homemade apple butter in this recipe. You can sub it with applesauce. If you will use store-bought apple butter, the filling will be a tad darker then the one in my photos.
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Caramel Apple Crumb Bars
!for the sauce:
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 to 2 Tbsp milk
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
!for the crust:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, cooled
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
!for the filling:
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c apple butter or applesauce
- 1/2 medium Granny Smith apple shredded
to make the glaze:
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat.
- Add sugar and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer the mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon of milk.
- Heat to boil.
- Take of the heat, cool for 5 minutes. Transfer into a medium mixing bowl.
- Cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
- If the sauce hardens, microwave for 5 to 10 seconds.
- Add powdered sugar and whisk. If the mixture is crumbly, add another tablespoon of warm milk.
- Whisk until drizzling consistency.
to make the crust:
- Grease an 8" square pan. Line with parchment paper and grease the sides and the bottom. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk melted butter with sugar. Add remaining ingredients and stir everything until a thick dough forms. Reserve 3/4 of a cup for the crumb topping.
- Press the remaining dough onto the bottom of prepared pan.
to make the filling:
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour over the crust.
- Top with little bits of the reserved dough to make the crumb topping.
- Bake the bars for 25 to 28 minutes.
- Cool completely in the pan.
- Drizzle with caramel sauce or glaze