Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce

by Christin Mahrlig on September 29, 2013

in Desserts

Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Apple Sauce

My family doesn’t agree about much, but the vote was unanimous on this one. This is the best dessert I’ve made in recent memory.  These apple bars are ultra-gooey with buttery butterscotch goodness. I’m talking 3 sticks of butter buttery-goodness. Paula Deen has nothing on this recipe.

Butterscotch Apple Bars

A combination of butter, dark brown sugar, finely diced apple chunks, and butterscotch morsels make a sinfully rich fall dessert. I dressed these apple bars up with some vanilla ice cream, an easy caramel sauce, and some delicious Caramelized Apple Chips I made recently.

Butterscotch Apple Bars

But I’ll be honest. These Butterscotch Apple Bars are stars all on their own. You could totally skip the apple chips. And the caramel sauce. And the ice cream. OK, maybe you want a little ice cream. Any kind of baked apple dessert does call out for some vanilla ice cream. Anyway you serve them, these bars are absolute heaven.

Notes:

Make sure you finely dice the apples or they will be crunchy. If you want larger apple chunks without the crunch, place the diced apple in a microwave-safe bowl, loosely cover with plastic wrap and microwave in 20 second intervals until slightly softened.

The caramel sauce is a slightly adapted recipe from The Pioneer Woman. It is not a true caramel sauce, but it is super easy (no candy thermometer needed) and delicious.

Butterscotch Apple Bars

Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce
 
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Ultra rich and sweet butterscotch apple bars topped with vanilla ice cream, an easy caramel sauce and apple chips.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peeled and finely diced apple
  • 1½ cups butterscotch morsels
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Apple Chips (optional)
Caramel Sauce
  • 1 packed cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper. Let the sides of the paper extend over the edges so you can lift the bars out of the pan.
  2. Place butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20 second increments until melted. Let cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla for a good 1-2 minutes. Whisk in melted butter.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Fold dry ingredients into wet just until incorporated. Fold in apples and butterscotch morsels.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes. They should still be a little gooey in the middle. Let cool before cutting into squares.
  7. For the caramel sauce, place brown sugar, half and half, and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking gently for 6 to 8 minutes, or until gets thicker. Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract and salt. Cool slightly before using.
  8. To serve, top an apple bar with ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce and add a few apple chips on top if desired.

 

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy @ Elephant Eats October 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Oh my gosh, 3 sticks of butter?? No wonder they’re good! Hehe, sometimes I wish I didn’t bake because then I’d be oblivious to how dangerous desserts are ;) Of course, that still doesn’t stop me from eating them…and these look amazing!

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Shikha October 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I’m such a sucker for butterscotch. Have you thought about giving these already-amazing bars an alcohol kick? I imagine some bourbon would be great with these!

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Christin Mahrlig October 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Such a great idea Shikha! I’m sure some bourbon would be wonderful!

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Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking October 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Shut the front door! I am supposed to be writting wedding thank you notes but I decided to take a quick peek at FoodGawker and had to click on these bars. Just had to! This is the type of dessert I dream about. Yummm and thank you! [see that counts as a thank you note, right?]

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Amy (Savory Moments) September 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Oh my goodness. These look FANTASTIC! I am not surprised that everyone loved them!! The apple slice is such a pretty garnish, too.

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Christin Mahrlig October 1, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thanks so much Amy! Have a great day!

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Ari @ Ari's Menu September 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Whaaaat???? No wonder your family all loved these. They look impossible not to love!

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Christin Mahrlig October 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

Yep! It almost feels like cheating when using lots of butter and sugar in a recipe because how could it not be delicious?

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Marcie September 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm

These look amazing! Butterscotch, apple, and loads of butter can only mean one thing — delicious!!

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Christin Mahrlig September 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Yes Marcie! You are right! :)

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Laura Dembowski September 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

This looks super yummy! Love apple cakes with caramel. I bet cinnamon chips would be great in this too.

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Kelly September 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

Wow, I am such a sucker for caramel apple anything these days and these bars sound so amazing! I love the sound of butterscotch chips in here too. Great recipe, thanks for sharing Christin :)

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Christin Mahrlig October 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Thanks Kelly!

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Ashley September 30, 2013 at 7:16 am

Holy moly these bars sound out of this world! And I would totally eat them with some ice cream, caramel sauce and apple chips : ) I am loving these fall dishes Christin!

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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker September 30, 2013 at 3:04 am

I so need these in my life! Butterscotch and apples with caramel? Delicious! Thanks for the recipe Christin!

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Drool…

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Irina @ wandercrush September 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Oh MY, how could these NOT be the best dessert you’ve made in recent history? So decadent and made extra pretty with that dainty little apple chip.

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Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’ve made apple cake today, but it didn’t look nearly as delicious as these bars do. Oh, wow, these sound awesome with that caramel sauce and ice-cream and oh, so decadent… what a dessert, I love it! Happy Sunday :D

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Christin Mahrlig September 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm

We both have apple cake on our minds today! Happy Sunday :)

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