Thursday, September 16, 2010

Caramel Apple-Nut Bars (Treats For Co-Irkers)

Yeah, I know, I posted about caramel and apples yesterday. I tend to dwell on certain ingredients and can't get my mind off of them. Does it help to know that I bought three identical shirts of different colors last Saturday? Do you have a little better understanding of how my mind works now?

This particular recipe came from Betty Crocker's Fall Baking (it's the one with Bakerella on the cover!) There are way too many easy and delicious recipes in this edition and you can expect more of them to be showing up here in the near future. These caramel apple bars are buttery caramel bites of delight, I assure you.

Caramel Apple-Nut Bars (adapted from Betty Crocker)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1/2 cup caramel topping
3 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray.

In bowl of stand mixer mix together the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and mix on low speed until mixture is evenly crumbly. Press about 3 cups of this mixture in the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the caramel topping with the 3 tablespoons of flour,

Sprinkle diced apples and pecans evenly across crust. Drizzle caramel evenly over all. Sprinkle with remaining crust mixture.

Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.

25 comments:

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, these sound so good! I have made apple pie bars before, but with the caramel topping added...Mmmmmm! (I sent a treat to my husband's office today too:))

Haden News said...

I wish I had one of these right now!! I am needing something sweet and there is nothing in the house! They really look good, I need to pick up a copy of the magazine with Bakerella.

Velva said...

These are beautiful! Caramel is one of my favorites.

I love your baking!

btw, I never post a cocktail without thinking of you.

Julie said...

Love the flavors in this dessert. I have that baking magazine. I haven't had the chance to look through it. This weekend!

Abby said...

These sound awesome ~ and I, too, buy the same shirt in different colors. =)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Hi, this is my 1st time here, I'm glad i found your blog, you have a lot of nice recipes, i will come back more often to check what you cook/bake the next.

Niece Denise said...

wow!! I wanna make these. I used to make a caramel apple pie, but pie crust is soooo bad for you.

I believe your buying 2 of same shirt, different color is an inherited trait. I do that too, and wasn't it Grandpa Inkrott (my grandpa, your dad) who used to say "If one is good, two is better"?

Mags said...

LOL Denise...I knew that had to be an inherited trait!

Megan said...

These were at our office this week for a treat too! A co-worker's girlfriend made them for us, delicious! The caramel topping added sounds amazing, yum!

The Southern Cookbook said...

Looks wonderful, I think my mind works the same way. Just one of those things I guess. Great recipe ;)

stephchows said...

ok the dip AND these bars... YUM!!!!

recipe posted now! I'm a dork and forgot to write it up last night! luckily I grabbed the cookbook on my way into work so I could add it once I got here :D oh wait... am I suppose to be actually working...

Mary said...

These look and sound delicious. Its like having a caramel apple in cookie form. I love the idea. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Nanan said...

These look yummy! I also buy multiples of the same piece of clothes in different colors - if it is comfy and it fits good - it is worth it! I don't like shopping for clothes!

Barbara said...

I think it's time I get out my fall recipe list! Everyone is doing apples and pumpkins! Good thing I love both.
Your bars look delicious, Mags! Definitely copying this one.

Megan said...

These look marvelous! I'm so ready for Fall and all it's delicious glory!

Co Irker said...

If buying three of the same shirt in varying colors makes you unusual then I will gladly join you in your madness. And if part of that madness is what keeps you making these delectable treats then all I can say is please don't ever change.

These were so good and because they were a) bars b) chock full of apple c) not chocolate I declare them perfect for breakfast. At least for me today. They were soft, sweet, and that caramel tone in them brought them together into the quintessential autumn treat.

Thank you so much our nutty, natty neophile.

TGIF

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

I love this recipe! And It's perfectly reasonable for you to become obsessed with caramel apples. No wonder I relate to you.

BTW I have 8 identical tank tops in different colors if you want to borrow one.

June said...

Geez Mags, I do the shirt thing too...love caramel...husband addicted to hot sauce. Ya' think we'd get along?

scrambledhenfruit said...

I almost bought that book today in the grocery store when I saw Bakerella on the cover, but I got distracted. If all the recipes look like this one though, I'll pay more attention next time. These bars look really good!

Shelby said...

more caramel and more apple! Yum! Could easily eat these with no trouble - but would be in trouble for doing so! lol

Moogie said...

Mags, You've struck gold with this one!!!

Katrina said...

These looks so good. I love everything about them. A friend just gave me a recipe for Caramel Apple Jam that sounds so good, too. I think I just might make some of the jam. I wonder if you just spread so of the jam on these? Either way, I'd like one of your bars or two AND some jam, please! ;)

Natalie said...

if I made these tonight (Monday) would they still be good to serve on Wednesday or should I wait to make them tomorrow??

Natalie said...

my email is natalie.mclaury@gmail.com btw :)

HanaĆ¢ said...

Mmmmmm very decadent. I love apple dessert. But given the amount of butter needed, hubby would pass on these (even if I didn't tell him how much butter is in it - the first bite gives it away).