Caramel Apple Pie Bars

For the crust:
  • 2 ½ c. flour
  • 6 T. granulated sugar
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ c. plain yogurt
  • 1-2 T. milk, if needed
For the apple filling:
  • 5 apples - peeled, cored, thin (1/4”) sliced
  • ¼ c. flour
  • ¼ c granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c. caramel ice cream topping, divided
For the streusel:
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • ⅔ c. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ c. flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. butter - cold, cut into small cubes

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Place all of the crust ingredients into a large bowl. With your hands, mix until a soft dough is formed. If the dough seems too stiff, add 1-2 tablespoons milk until it is pliable.

Press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan, pressing it into the corners and up the edges. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and increase the oven heat to 350°F. Prepare the filling and topping while the crust cools slightly.

Place the apple slices in a large bowl. Mix the next four ingredients (flour through nutmeg) together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over apple slices; mix until they are all evenly coated. Place the apples over the crust in an even layer. Drizzle or pour ½-¾ cup of the caramel ice cream topping over the apples. It doesn’t need to completely cover them.

Mix together all of the streusel ingredients except the butter. Using a pastry cutter, 2 knives, or your fingers, cut in the butter until it is in small (pea-sized) pieces. Scatter the streusel evenly over the caramel sauce.

Bake in the 350°F preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour before serving. Drizzle any extra caramel over the bars when serving.

  • Yields: 4-6 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
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