Dutch Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 24 Bars
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These bars have a flaky pie crust base with spiced apples and a buttery crumb topping.  Drizzled with some homemade caramel, these will be one of the best desserts that you make this fall!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Apple Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 -6 cups peeled cored diced apples I used Granny Smith
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Topping:

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup Half-and-half
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • Pinch Of Salt


  1. To make the crust: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a 13x9 inch pan.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt; using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. Drizzle the beaten egg over the mixture and toss lightly to combine.
  3. Add the cold water 1 tablespoons at a time, stirring gently until the dough starts to clump together. Roll the dough into a generous rectangle to fit your pan. Place the dough in the pan and prick it all over with a fork; bake it for 10-12 minutes, until it is set and barely starting to harden.
  4. To make then filling: Whisk the flour, sugar, spices, and salt together. Add in the apples, tossing to coat. Stir in the vanilla, then the cream, spread the filling over the crust.
  5. To make the Topping: in a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  6. In another bowl, combine the melted butter and extracts; pout over the flour mixture.
  7. Stir until the butter is absorbed and the mixture forms fairly even crumbs and sprinkle over the filling.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes; decrease temperature to 350°; bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the topping is brown and the filling is bubbly.
  9. Remove from oven and cool on a rack; let them cool to lukewarm before cutting.
  10. To make the caramel: Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low to medium heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until thicker. Turn off heat. Serve warm or refrigerate until cold. Drizzle on top of apple slab pie.
Nutrition Facts
Dutch Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.