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A stack of three apple bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and honey caramel on top
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Honey Apple Bars

These Honey Apple Bars are filled with fall spiced apples that are layered on a honey almond shortbread crust and topped with a buttery crumble and honey caramel sauce! #apple #fallbaking #applebars #applecrumblebars #crumblebars #blondies #applepie #applecrisp #applecobbler #caramel
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, apple bars, apple crisp, apple dessert recipes, bar recipes, fall baking
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 331kcal

Ingredients

For the Crumble and Crust

  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or 1/3 cup honey (start at 1/4 cup and add until it gets crumbly)
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter cold and cut into cubes
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp cold water

For the Apple Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh apple slices
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Honey Caramel

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

For the Crumble and Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 8×8-inch baking pan with the non-stick coating of your choice.
  • For the crumb and crust, whisk together flour, sugar, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.
  • Next, cut in the cold butter using two forks or a pastry cutter then slowly mix in the egg yolk and cold water (if you using honey instead of sugar, add in here as well). Don't worry if the dough seems really crumbly. It should be!
  • Next take half of the crumble mixture and press into the prepared pan. The rest should be saved for the top of the bars.

For the Apple Filling

  • Stir together apple slices, lemon juice, flour, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla until combined.
  • To assemble, evenly add apple filling to the top of the crust.
  • Next sprinkle the remaining crumble over the top of the apple filling.
  • Bake for 30-38 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  • Cool bars to room temperature then cut and serve.

For the Honey Caramel

  • While bars bake, add butter and honey to a medium sized pot over medium heat and allow the butter to melt and combine with the honey. Once butter completely melts, stir together over medium high heat for about 5-6 minutes or until it has thickened somewhat.
  • Whisk in the cream and bring to a boil then remove from heat. Finally stir in the vanilla, salt and cinnamon and allow it to thicken and cool a bit. Drizzle caramel sauce over completed bars and enjoy!

Notes

Feel free to add 1 cup total of your favorite berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) and bring the apples down to 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg