Thursday, November 13, 2008

Caramel Apple Bars

For a taste of fall, try these little lovelies.

I shared them with our neighbor boys, grandparents, and aunt, and we still had some.

If you can find unwrapped caramels, use those. I was getting so frustrated unwrapping all the little caramels!!

Norris loved them; they were gone almost immediately. YUM!!
I got the recipe from "Kickin it in the Kitch", who got it from Betty Crocker. Betty knew what she was talking about when she put these together! Thanks for the recommendation, Kitch! :)
And, she has a much better picture-- I'm not so good at this whole food photographing thing! (or any photography for that matter...although I still love it!)
Betty Crocker's Caramel Apple Bars
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 1/2 cups coarsley chopped peeled tart apples (3 medium)
1 bag (14 ounces) caramels
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix brown sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl. Stir in flour, oats, salt and baking soda. Reserve 2 cups oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture in 13x9 pan.
2. Toss apples and 3 tablespoons flour; spread over mixture in pan. Heat caramels over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted; pour evenly over apples. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press lightly.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.