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Caramel Apple Bars

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posted: 09/20/17

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These Caramel Apple Bars are like a sugar cookie and a caramel apple combination. Easy, delicious, and the perfect recipe for fall!

A stack of the Caramel Apple bars that have a beautiful golden brown color and caramel oozing out,

I’m so happy to be partnering with Horizon Organic to bring you these absolutely amazing Caramel Apple Bars.

The other day an old friend of mine reached out to me and just sent me this link for these Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars from Lauren’s Latest. It’s okay. You just take a minute to go over there and soak those bad boys in. I’ll wait.



So then, this friend of mine said that she combined those bars with my Pumpkin Sugar Cookies and said that it was totally the fall match made in heaven. And I had an AH HA! moment that made me want to run to my kitchen immediately!

A picture of the ingredients of the Caramel Apple Bars (Horizon Organic Heavy whipping cream and unsalted butter, apples, and caramel bits).

Side note: Do you spy little Piper’s face in there? It’s like the call of the red Horizon box (her beloved milk) the caramels and the apples were too much for her.

Caramel Apple Bars!!

I’ve already made Caramel Apple Sugar Cookies, but after looking at Lauren’s recipe, I knew that I could make them in bar form and make them AMAZING-er.

That’s totally a word. Don’t question me. (Now you know even more about my parenting style.)

We absolutely love Horizon products in our house. My kids flip over every single red box they see, but this week it is especially their cheese cracker sandwiches and the mac ‘n cheese (as always) – and that’s probably only because they didn’t know that I used Horizon in these bars. Because they totally flipped over these easy apple bars.

Carmel Apple Bar Tips

  • Make sure your Horizon butter is room temperature. That means that you should be able to easily dent it with your fingers, but not push your finger all the way through.
  • Same deal with your apple butter, make sure it’s room temperature.
  • When you measure your flour, make sure you scoop it into the measuring cup and then level it off. If you use the measuring cup to scoop it from the container you keep it in your risk packing it.

These are perfect and perfectly fall and so delicious!

A stack of the Caramel Apple Bars with caramel swirled into and oozing out of the bars.
5 from 3 votes

Caramel Apple Bars

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  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 TBSPs Horizon Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 11 ounces caramel bits
  • 1/4 cup Horizon Heavy Cream


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9 by 13 inch pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In the stand of a mixer, beat together the Horizon Butter and the apple butter until combined. Then beat in the sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture, until just combined.
  • Combine the caramel and the Horizon Heavy Cream in a measuring cup and microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth.
  • Spread 2/3 of the dough on the bottom of the baking dish, pour the caramel over it, and add the rest of the dough to the top. It is easiest to add the rest of the dough by flattening small pieces and setting it on top of the caramel.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges of the bars are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut and serve!
Author: Lisa Longley

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More fall treats for you to fall in love with:

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Naked Apple Spice Cake

Caramel Apple Cobbler

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. averie @ averie cooks says

    That caramel layer! I wish I could have had this whole pan…seriously!

  2. Karen Howard says

    Wow! These Caramel Apple Bars look wonderful! I have the recipe & will probably make tonight or tomorrow when the temp. cools down & I don’t mind having the oven on.Can’t wait to eat these!

  3. Chris @ Shared Appetite says

    Well this looks ALL SORTS OF AMAZING!!! Holy yes give me this right now!

  4. Nicole says

    Yessss! Bring on the caramel apple treats. . .and cool weather! I’m ready.

  5. Ferol Foster says

    I am in Canada and just wondering what or how to make the apple butter ? Never heard of this in the store.

  6. Gina @Running to the Kitchen says

    These bars are heavenly!

  7. Sandy@RE says

    What an amazing recipe for Fall. Perfect to bring on a picnic!

  8. LS Marron says

    Hi Lisa – in your Caramel Apple Bars recipe, you call for “11 oz. caramel bits”. One photo seems to show caramels like Kraft Caramels, another seems to show caramel ?or butterscotch baking chips (that look like chocolate chips). Is there a preference for one versus the other? Thanks and looking forward to trying this recipe! LS Marron

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are looking for the ones that you see in the picture with the other ingredients. You an use full caramels to make this, I just find unwrapping them to be tedious, which is why I call for the bits.

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners