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Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce

Ultra rich and sweet butterscotch apple bars topped with vanilla ice cream, an easy caramel sauce and apple chips. Such an amazing fall dessert!

Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce topped with vanilla ice cream.

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 Bar topped with ice cream and caramel sauce on a plate.

How To Serve Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce

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.

Batter, diced apple, and butterscotch chips in a mixing bowl.

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.

Unbaked batter in baking dish.
Baked cake in baking dish.

Butterscotch Apple Bars Recipe Tip

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.

Easy Caramel Sauce

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.

Recommended Kitchen Tools

  • 9-Inch Square Panthis one is very inexpensive and durable.
  • Parchment Paper
  • Small Saucepanthis one has a heavy bottom so you won’t burn the caramel sauce.
Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce topped with ice cream and an apple chip.

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Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce

Ultra rich and sweet butterscotch apple bars topped with vanilla ice cream, an easy caramel sauce and apple chips.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes


  • 3 sticks butter
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 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
  • 1 1/2 cups butterscotch morsels
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Apple Chips, optional

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 packed cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 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.
  • Place butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20 second increments until melted. Let cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla for a good 1-2 minutes. Whisk in melted butter.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Fold dry ingredients into wet just until incorporated. Fold in apples and butterscotch morsels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To serve, top an apple bar with ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce and add a few apple chips on top if desired.


I use salted butter because I like my desserts a little on the salty side. You can use unsalted butter if you prefer.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: apples, cake, fall

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Originally posted September 29, 2013.

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19 thoughts on “Butterscotch Apple Bars with Caramel Sauce”

  1. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Of course, that still doesn’t stop me from eating them…and these look amazing!

  2. 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!

  3. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    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?]

  4. Amy (Savory Moments)

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

  5. Ari @ Ari's Menu

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

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

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

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

  7. Laura Dembowski

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

  8. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 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!

  10. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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

  11. Irina @ wandercrush

    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.

  12. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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