Caramel Apple Bars

Do you have extra apples but don't feel like making a pie?
Try this easy-to-make bar with layers of brown sugar and
oats surrounding apples and melted caramel.

Prep: 20 min - Bake: 30 min

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled tart apples (3 medium)
3 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 bag (14 ounces) caramels


1. Heat oven to 400F. Mix brown sugar, butter and shortening
in large bowl. Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour, the oats, salt and
baking soda. Reserve 2 cups oat mixture; press remaining oat
mixture in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.

2. Toss apples and 3 tablespoons 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 to 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.

Makes 36 bars

Variation: Make a date with Date Bars: Heat 1 pound cut-up
dates (3 cups), 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 cup sugar over low
heat about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened;
cool. Use date mixture instead of the apples, 3 tablespoons
flour and caramels.

Nutritional Info Per 1 Bar:
Calories 145 (Calories from Fat 45); Fat 5g (Saturated 3g);
Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 130mg; Potassium 80mg;
Carbohydrate 24g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 2g

Diet Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 Fat

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This recipe courtesy of Back of the Box Recipes.
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This recipe displayed with permission from General Mills, Inc.