Ready-made caramel is available at restaurant supplies and baking stores. Peter’s makes an excellent caramel loaf which is available in most areas of the country. Alternately, grocery stores carry ready-made individual caramels that are of acceptable quality (not as buttery and good as Peter’s); they must be individually unwrapped, however, which takes a little more time.
I like to mix both tart and sweet apples, such as Granny Smith, Fugi, and Golden Delicious. You can use your favorite variety, or several types; it’s your choice.
Caramel Apple Squares
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pared tart (about 4 medium) apples
3 tablespoons flour
1 pound ready-made caramel, such as Peter’s or 1 14 ounce package individual caramels, unwrapped
- Heat oven to 400°.
- Spray a 13 x 9 x 2” glass baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Mix brown sugar, butter, and shortening.
- Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour, the oats, salt, and baking soda.
- Measure 2 cups of the mixture and set aside.
- Press remaining mixture into the prepared baking dish
- Toss the apples with the 3 tablespoons flour; spread over the crust.
- Unwrap the caramels and place them in a microwaveable container; microwave 30 seconds.
- Stir the caramels and continue heating in 30 second intervals until melted.
- Pour the caramel evenly over the apples.
- Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture evenly over the caramel and press lightly.
- Bake in the preheated oven 25-30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender.
- Can be served warm or cold.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 75
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 35% Protein 5% Carb. 60%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Sodium 192 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 2% Calcium 0% Iron 4%