One treat I made recently for a bake sale was deliciously seasonal--Caramel Apple Bars.
CARAMEL APPLE BARS (adapted from AllRecipes.com) (makes 48 bars)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups oats
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups butter, melted
- 2 cups peeled, cored and diced apples
- 1 1/2 cups jarred or homemade caramel sauce
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 15x10 inch baking dish or jellyroll pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, quick cooking oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Stir in the melted butter. Mix until crumbly. Press 1/2 of this mixture into the prepared baking pan to make the crust. Bake for 8 minutes in preheated oven.
Spread apple slices evenly over the baked crust. Sprinkle on the nuts. Set aside.
In a small pan over medium heat, combine the caramel topping and the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil, and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
Pour the caramel filling over the apple layer. (You could sprinkle on a little sea salt to make them into salted caramel apple bars). Crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top of everything. Bake again for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars.