|Caramel Apple Bars|
After making caramel apple ice cream, I found myself with leftover caramel and a craving for all things caramel apple. I turned to an old recipe, caramel apple nut bars, that I've been thinking about remaking in the four years since I first made them. Side note: how in the world have four years passed? I'm increasingly aware of how fleeting time is, and this realization really hit home a few weeks ago, the night before my cousin Ashlyn's wedding. My sister Julia and I, her matrons of honor, slept over at my Aunt and Uncle's house the night before, as did my brother Quinn. With he and my cousin Ben in one room, and us three girls tucked away in another, we couldn't help but reminisce about the countless times the 5 of us had slept under the same roof before, for yet another cousin sleepover. Weren't we just six and seven, ten, eleven, and twelve years old? Where does time go?!?!
Anyway, before I go too far down the nostalgic path, let's turn our attention back to this dessert. As I said before, I'd made a similar iteration in the past and they were begging to be remade. This time around I reduced the butter a bit (you'd never know), added a bit of whole wheat flour, and omitted the nuts, turning caramel apple nut bars into caramel apple bars. The nuts can just as easily be included, I was simply working with what I had on hand and truthfully, these were still fantastic even without the added crunch. The bars freeze well, and can be re-warmed once thawed (and served with ice cream!) or eaten at room temperature / chilled. If you choose to eat them warm have a fork on hand, that caramel gets gooey!
Grab a few apples and some caramel and whip up this fall-inspired dessert bar!
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