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Caramel Apple Crumb Bars stacked on small cake stand.

Caramel Apple Crumb Bars

One of the easiest apple desserts to make this fall: Caramel Apple Crumb Bars. Delicious brown sugar crust and topping and creamy apple filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel apple bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 312 kcal
Author Anna


!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:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat.
  2. Add sugar and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer the mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in 1 tablespoon of milk.
  4. Heat to boil.
  5. Take of the heat, cool for 5 minutes. Transfer into a medium mixing bowl.
  6. Cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
  7. If the sauce hardens, microwave for 5 to 10 seconds.
  8. Add powdered sugar and whisk. If the mixture is crumbly, add another tablespoon of warm milk.
  9. Whisk until drizzling consistency.

to make the crust:

  1. Grease an 8" square pan. Line with parchment paper and grease the sides and the bottom. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. 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.
  4. Press the remaining dough onto the bottom of prepared pan.

to make the filling:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour over the crust.
  3. Top with little bits of the reserved dough to make the crumb topping.
  4. Bake the bars for 25 to 28 minutes.
  5. Cool completely in the pan.
  6. Drizzle with caramel sauce or glaze
Nutrition Facts
Caramel Apple Crumb Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.