Caramel apples are a favorite fall treat of mine. That’s probably why I tried making these Caramel Apple Oat Squares years ago when I clipped the recipe from a magazine—how could I resist a recipe with that wonderful caramel apple flavor? These dessert squares are kind of like having a caramel apple pie, but a little easier and quicker to make. And I like that there are oats in the crust. I added some cinnamon to the crumb mixture and used chopped pecans instead of the walnuts that were used in the original recipe—you can use whichever you prefer.
Caramel Apple Oat Squares
CARAMEL APPLE OAT SQUARES by NancyC, adapted from Eagle Brand®
Makes a 13 x 9″ pan, about 12 servings
- 1 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into chunks
- 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
- 20 caramels, unwrapped
- 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling (I saw a version of this recipe where someone used fresh thinly sliced apples, but they didn’t say how many…I think 2 1/2 cups would work if you wanted to try that)
Heat oven to 350˚F. In large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Cut in chunks of butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture; press remainder on the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven.
In small bowl, add chopped nuts to reserved crumb mixture; set aside.
In heavy saucepan, melt caramels with sweetened condensed milk over low heat, stirring until smooth.
Spoon apple pie filling (or thinly sliced fresh apples if you’re wanting to try that) over the partially baked crust. Top with caramel mixture, then the reserved crumb-nut mixture.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Let cool about 5 to 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve while still warm. These taste great served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, too!
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
Sometimes the caramel mixture bubbles up around the edges while baking…don’t be alarmed if yours is doing this…it will settle down when it’s out of the oven! You may need to loosen the caramel from the edges of the pan as you’re cutting this into squares.
Are you a fan of caramel apples, too? What kind of caramel apple-flavored goodies do you like to make?
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This is great with coffee or tea too
Mmm… this sounds delicious Nancy!
Thanks Jewels! 🙂
These look delicious – saved and pinned!
Hope you enjoy them, Nickki!
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These look so good!
Your apple squares look good.
Thanks so much!
These sound delectable!
They really are! 🙂
YUM, Nancy! I think I have all the ingredients. Weekend baking, here I come!
Hope you like them, Angie! 🙂
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Scrumptious looking recipe.
I came by to check out your caramel apple coffee cake by saw the link for the oat squares and had to take a look. I’m glad I did! I will definitely eat this vanilla ice cream on the side!
So glad you found the Oat Squares–those are really good—hope you enjoy them! 🙂
This looks delicious! I am not a baker but this looks like I can do it, who can resist apple and caramel 🙂
Yes, I’m sure you could make this–it’s very easy! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
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