Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Caramel Apple Bars

These ooey gooey Caramel Apple Bars combine all the flavors of caramel apples, along with shredded coconut & chopped walnuts, in a delicious magic bar that is perfect for fall!


If you would ask me today if I'm a competitive person, I would tell you no.....and, of course, I'd be lying. The truth is I'm extremely competitive....and I always have been! Just not in the most typical ways. When it comes to sports, for instance, my competitive drive is almost nonexistent. But you better believe I want to be GOOD at the things that are important to me. Like cooking. Or parenting. Or blogging. Or throwing a fun party. Or being a good daughter, sister, or friend.



As a kid, my competitive side was reserved mainly for all things academic. I wanted to be the best reader, writer, speller. I took pride in being moved to the highest levels in various subjects. I loved knowing that I got the best score in the class, or being asked to read out loud, or joining kids from the next grade level because I was as smart as they were! And I LOVED winning the spelling bee!! That's right....I was the spelling bee champ three years in a row....and there was nothing that could have made my grade school self happier.


I will never forget the first year I didn't win....how heartbroken I was! I got out on the word anonymous....and I still stand by the fact that that's a tricky word for a 4th grader! It's funny....because it's not like being spelling bee champ really got me anywhere. It didn't earn me friends, or popularity, or even a prize, really. Unless you count the blue ribbon I got to hang on my bulletin board. But that's not what being competitive is all about....at least not for me. For me, it's about a feeling. It's about knowing I'm good at something, which has always felt like a prize in and of itself. As an adult, of course, there is even less of a chance of "getting anywhere" because of my accomplishments. Heck - there isn't even a blue ribbon to take home! So...for those times when I really feel like I need a prize....I made these Caramel Apple Bars. They're ooey and gooey and delicious. Just the type of prize I want. And best of all, I can make them for myself anytime I think I deserve them....which.....of course, is pretty much all the time. And so can you!!


Caramel Apple Bars
1 box cake mix (I used Pillsbury Caramel Apple mix)
1 stick butter, softened
2 1/2 c. apples, chopped
1 c. walnuts, choped
1/2 c. shredded coconut  
12 Kraft caramels, cut in half
1 can sweetened condensed milk

18 additional caramels for caramel drizzle

1. Mix dry cake mix and softened butter in a medium mixing bowl. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch pan.
2. Top with chopped apples, walnuts, coconut, caramels, and sweetened condensed milk.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until dark golden brown.
4. Cool bars, then cut into squares.
5. Melt 18 caramels and 1 Tbsp. water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
6. Drizzle over cut bars, still in pan.



Enjoy!



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12 comments :

  1. These look so decadent and like a variation of magic/7-layer bars? Yum!

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  2. Caramels, apples, coconut, and nuts? Sounds like a winner. I think we all need (and deserve?) this treat often. ☺

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  3. Yum! Perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing this. I love making goodies this time of year :)

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  4. mmm caramel apples are sooo good! These bars looks terrific, very creative. I love that picture of the giant pile of them with all the gooey caramel dripping down the side. Yum!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  5. I got to try these. GOOEY DELICIOUSNESS! 'Nuff said. ☺

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  6. These look amazing but none of my kiddos like nuts. Is there anything we could substitute to get a similar texture of crunch?

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    1. grape nuts cereal? i use it on salads for a good crunch - it may not stay as firm as a nut - but it shouldn't disintegrate to nothing...

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    2. Good question, Jen. Granola? Toffee bits?

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  7. These look Delicious! I love caramel and was looking for some good Fall recipes to try! Just dropped in from ducksnarow link party.
    Www.mamagetsitdone.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow these look amazing! Stopping by from the Wonderful Wednesday party :)

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  9. all that caramel is KILLING me! they look amazing

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  10. Love it! I didn't know that Pillsbury had a caramel apple cake recipe!!!

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