Caramel Apple Crisp Bars – Apple Crisp Bars With Apple Pie Filling

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Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Using apple pie filling and oats, you can easily make these apple crisp bars with a caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream.

Caramel Apple Crisp Bars

If you love any type of old fashioned apple dessert such as crisp or crumble, then you have to try these Apple Crumble Bars.

Imagine an apple crisp featuring an oatmeal topping turned into a tasty little bar. The oat base and topping is to die for thanks to butter, brown sugar and oats.

The center, or course, is a classic apple pie filling.

But, the icing on the cake isn’t really an icing; instead, it is a thick caramel sauce, right from the ice cream topping aisle at the grocery store.

Drizzle as much or as little caramel topping as your heart desires.

Apple Crisp Bars With Apple Pie Filling

My family is such a big fan of these Cherry Pie Bars (using a can of cherry pie filing) that I just knew I needed to create an apple pie bar variation.

I love how easy these caramel apple crumble bars are to make.

For one, they are incredibly simple because the recipe includes a can of apple pie filling. The apples are already sweetened with the perfect amount of cinnamon.

Second, the oat crust and oat topping on these apple crisp bars is just one mixture that you make up and then divide.

Third, the caramel topping comes straight from the ice cream topping aisle at the grocery store!

Ingredient List for Easy Caramel Apple Bars

Quick Oats

Butter (or margarine), melted

All-Purpose Flour

Baking Soda

Brown Sugar

Apple Pie Filling

Caramel Topping

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How to Make Apple Crisp Bars using Apple Pie Filling

  1. Melt butter.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, quick oats, and baking soda; add melted butter and combine until it is completely moistened.
  3. Set aside 2 cups of mixture for topping; press the remaining oat mixture into the bottom of a greased jelly roll pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, spread one can of apple pie filling over top. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture.
  6. Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes; drizzle with caramel topping.
  8. Serve as is or topped with ice cream.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for easy caramel apple bars, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Caramel Apple Crisp Bars

  • This recipe for apple crisp bars uses a can of apple pie filling. If you want loads and loads of apples, add a second can to the recipe. This will also make the recipe stretch farther.
  • Be sure to use quick oats, not to be confused with old fashioned oats.
  • 1 1/2 cups butter is equal to 3 sticks.
  • Apple Crumble Bars are made in a jelly roll pan, meaning they will serve a crowd. I like to line the bottom of my jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  • The best part in my opinion is the caramel topping. Drizzle as much or as little as you desire, or omit completely.
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How do I get a crunchy apple crisp?

Is your apple crisp isn’t getting a nice crunch on top, chances are you aren’t using enough butter. The oat topping should be moist, almost wet (not to the extent of pools of butter).

If your topping is on the dry side, add more melted butter, one Tablespoon at a time until it gets moist. This will help get a “crispy” apple crisp.

Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 

Old Fashioned Apple Desserts

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe

Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp recipe is a traditional apple crisp without oats. The melt-in-your-mouth crumble topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more.

Red Hot Cinnamon Apples 

Red Hot Candies are not just for eating.  Instead, add them to an old fashioned classic stewed apples to create Red Hot Cinnamon Apples. 

Grandma’s Sour Cream Apple Squares

Grandma's Sour Cream Apple Squares is an old-fashioned dessert that will have your family begging for more.  These delicious bars have two layers including a creamy apple layer and a sweet brown sugar crust. Serve these with whipped cream just like our Grandma did.

Minnesota Apple Crisp 

Minnesota Apple Crisp is a hundred year old apple crisp recipe without oats.  With only five ingredients, the most basic cook can handle this recipe.  This recipe has been a favorite for generations and will continue to be in your family. 

Apple Cheesecake Trifle

 

Caramel Apple Crisp Bars - Apple Crisp Bars With Apple Pie Filling

Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time32 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp bars, apple crisp bars with apple pie filling, apple crisp bars with oats, apple crumble bars, caramel apple crisp bars
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Apple Crisp Bars

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups melted butter
  • 20 ounces canned apple pie filling
  • 5 - 7 Tablespoons caramel topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a jelly roll pan. Line with parchment if desired.
  • Combine flour, quick oats, brown sugar and baking soda.
    Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 
  • Add melted butter; combining until it's completely moist.
    Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 
  • Reserve 2 cups of oat mixture for topping. Press the rest into the bottom of prepared jelly roll pan.
    Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Spread one can of apple pie filling over top (see notes). Sprinkle with reserved oat topping.
    Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 
  • Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes.
    Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 
  • Let cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle with desired amount of caramel topping.
    Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are a crowd-pleasing dessert fit to serve that crowd. Apple Crisp Bars with apple pie filling and oats are easy to make, and are glazed with caramel topping. Serve as is or topped with vanilla ice cream. 

Notes

  • This recipe for apple crisp bars uses a can of apple pie filling.  If you want loads and loads of apples, add a second can to the recipe. This will also make the recipe stretch farther.
  • 1 1/2 cups butter is equal to 3 sticks.
  • Be sure to use quick oats, not to be confused with old fashioned oats. 
  • Apple Crumble Bars are made in a jelly roll pan, meaning they will serve a crowd. I like to line the bottom of my jelly roll pan with parchment paper. 
  • The best part in my opinion is the caramel topping. Drizzle as much or as little as you desire, or omit completely. 
  • Try this amazing Glazed Cherry Pie Bars recipe too. 

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