Thursday, September 18, 2008

Caramel Apple Bars

Recipe Courtesy of Betty Crocker

1 c packed brown sugar
½ c butter, softened
¼ c shortening
1 ¾ c all purpose flour
1 ½ c quick-cooking oats
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
4 ½ c coarsely chopped peeled tart apples (3 medium)
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 bag (14 oz) caramels

1. Heat oven to 400* F. Mix brown sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl. Stir in 1 ¾ c flour, the oats, salt and baking soda. Reserve 2 cups oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture in ungreased rectangular pan (13x9x2”)

2. Toss apples and 3 Tbsp flour; spread over mixture in pan. Heat caramels over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted; pour evenly over apples. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press lightly.

3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender. For 36 bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows while warm. Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutritional Values for 1 bar: Calories 145; Fat 5g; Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 130 mg; Potassium 80mg; Carbohydrates 24g (dietary fiber 1g); Protein 2g

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