Apple picking season is here and if you want a taste of fall in a blondie then my Caramel Apple Bars will be your new favorite sweet treat.
I think fall is my favorite time of year. The heat of the summer is gone and the weather is crisp and sunny. A few months of nice weather before daylight wains and the air turns cold. Another favorite, this time of year, is apple picking at our local u-pick apple farm. We have been taking the kids to pick apples for years. Last year I posted a recipe for Apple Harvest Mini Breads along with great pictures of Ella enjoying the farm and picking apples.
I think she mostly likes the homemade apple fritters the farm makes, but she also likes being outdoors. This year I decided to make these incredibly moist Caramel Apple Bars. These bars are the quintessential flavor of fall. Just imagine siting around the fire-pit with a warm cup of cider while taking a bite of these delicious bars.
What is your favorite apple recipe??
- 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups apples, peeled and diced small
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar mix
- Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
- Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang.
- In a large bowl, beat the sugars and butter with an electric mixer, on medium, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat to combine.
- Fold in the apples, walnuts and butterscotch chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle top with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool completely.
- Lift the bars out using the parchment overhang and transfer to a cutting board.
- Cut into 24 pieces.
I also will be bringing my Caramel Apple Bars recipe to Freedom Fridays, Friday Favorites, Fiesta Friday, Weekend Potluck, What’s Cooking Wednesdays. Checkout my Link Parties page for other great places to find new recipes.