Thursday, October 16, 2014

Caramel Apple Shortbread Bars

We did our yearly apple picking last week and as usual we bought way too many apples for just eating them as a snack.  Of course the morning we decided to go to Eastmont Orchards for our apples and pumpkins it was 46 degrees so we could have been going to cut our Christmas tree down.  But the sun was out and it was a beautiful crisp Fall day.  Luckily Owen and Maddy had hats and gloves to wear so there little ears and fingers were warm.

This recipe is from The Kitchen McCabe.  The making of the caramel apples took a very long time but the recipe was delicious with the shortbread bottom.  A little scoop of ice cream or a squirt of whipped cream would be perfect on these.

3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 stick unsalted butter, softened
3 very large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced 1/8" thick
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9" x 13" pan with a large sheet of parchment paper so that it hangs over the sides of the pan for easy lift out.  In a stand mixer mix together the flour and powdered sugar.  Add butter to mixer in large cubes.  Mix until ingredients just form a dough.  Do not over mix.  Pat 2/3rds of the dough into the parchment paper, smoothing out the top until it is evenly spread throughout the whole pan. Reserve the rest of the dough for the top.  Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

While the crust is baking make the caramel apples by mixing together the water and sugar in a saucepan and heating on medium heat mixing occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Bring the sugar to a boil by turning the heat up. 

When the sugar has caramelized to an amber brown color, add the apples and stir constantly.  The apples will release liquid when they hit the caramel and cause it to harden in places.  Continue stirring as the caramel will melt back down in a minute or two.  Continue to cook on high until the liquid released has been cooked out and the caramel is thick again.  Add the cream and butter stirring constantly.  The mixture may froth but continue cooking until it settles back.  Once the mixture is glossy and smooth remove from heat.

Pour the caramel apple mixture over the cooked shortbread.  Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top of the caramel apples.  Bake for 15 minutes or until caramel is bubbling and the crumble is lightly golden brown. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting or overnight if possible.   The longer they sit the easier they are to cut into squares.



  1. Wow. These look amazing! I love shortbread and I really love apples, especially caramelized apples, so the recipe is right up my alley. Thanks!

  2. Mmmm, these look so delicious! They're making my mouth water by just looking at them! Pinned! :)
    Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey

  3. Hey there! I saw these at the link party and had to come check them out for myself. They look so yummy! I love shortbread. And caramel apple? Heaven help me! Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory

  4. These look amazing! Now I know what to do with all of the apples in my kitchen. Thanks - pinning! ~Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

  5. Hello gorgeous! What an amazing recipe. Oh Yum! Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  6. These look awesome! Saw you on Mandy's Recipe Box and I'm a new follower. Tweeted and pinned this dessert and can't wait to try it! Looking forward to connecting! :)


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