Cinnamon Caramel Apple Bars by ilonaspassion #applebars #caramelbars #bars
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Cinnamon Caramel Apple Bars

Delicious crunchy cinnamon caramel apple bars.

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Bars by ilonaspassion #applebars #caramelbars #bars

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving here in Canada couple days ago. It is perfect time to spend with family and friends. I’m getting used to having Thanksgiving before Halloween. The weather was very nice and sunny. While I remember gloomy and colder November Thanksgiving in US. I really cherished this time.

Especially for our Canadian Thanksgiving I made these cinnamon caramel apple bars. They were so good and everyone loved them. They are made with buttery crunchy crust and apples. Cinnamon adds addition flavor. Because cinnamon + apples are meant together. Caramel is formed right on the pan when you are cooking apples. I’ve made the best decision by adding brown sugar to these caramel apple bars.

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Bars by ilonaspassion #applebars #caramelbars #bars

If you will be looking for some November Thanksgiving recipes, make these cinnamon caramel apple bars. You’ll see they will be eaten so quickly. I can also suggest these Mini Coconut Pumpkin Cheesecakes and Cinnamon Pumpkin Apple Muffins for any holidays or party gathering.

Baking with apples reminds me cold evenings and colorful leafs. The trees are so beautiful here in Ontario, very stunning view. I am still planning to go apple farm picking with my children. Are you going apple picking? How do spend your Fall?

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Bars by ilonaspassion #applebars #caramelbars #bars

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*After reading reviews I just need to state this recipe is complete. It doesn’t need liquid in the dough it is made without any liquid that’s why the bars will be crumbly:) Thank you so much for trying my recipes!

The dough is similar to tart, I just added baking powder but otherwise work with this dough like it is a tart. I also found the best way is to knead by hand and you don’t have to do it long just until you will combine a ball.

The recipe is not pour ingredients into a bowl and you will get bars. You need to work with your hands, so if you are looking for easier recipe try these Cinnamon Pumpkin Apple Muffins or these Apple Crumble Muffins.

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Cinnamon Caramel Apple Bars

Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Author: Ilona


  • 3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cold
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 6 large apples peeled & diced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon


  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, confectioner's sugar, egg and a pinch of salt. Shred cold butter and combine with flour. Knead the dough by hand or in the mixer with dough hook attachment.
  • Make a ball, cover with foil and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a large pan melt 4 Tbsp. butter, add apples and cook on low-medium heat for 10 minutes. When apples will be soft add brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 13 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and cut about 3/4 dough. Leave the rest for the top.
  • Spread 3/4 dough on the bottom of the baking pan nicely by hand. Add apples.
  • In the end shred the remaining dough and spread on the top of the apples.
  • Bake for about 1 hour.


Serving: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gPotassium: 0mgVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
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  1. I went apple picking on Vancouver Island with my Gramps a couple of weeks ago – this recipe looks like a great use of the 100+ lbs of apples I brought home!

  2. I love apple picking and apples, my dad had a small apple farm so we used to have very busy autumn πŸ™‚ Every day you learn something new – I didn’t know that you have Thanksgiving earlier in Canada…

  3. Oh my goodness! This looks so yummy, Ilona! My family LOVES apples and these bars sound so simple to make too. The perfect fall time treat!

  4. Hi Ilona! Its been such a long time since I’ve last visited you. So, sorry. You have so many yummy and such amazing recipes that I don’t know where to start. I’ve been having tummy issues so, I have to take it easy. But, this apple dessert looks easy to digest! I want to give this a try. What kind of apples did you use? Sweet or tart side? Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us!!!!! Your pictures are so awesome that I want to run into my kitchen and start cooking! I will wait for your response and will let you know how it turned out! Thank you!!!

    1. Hello Tanya! I used sweet apples. I hope you’ll feel better soon and you would be able to eat whatever you would like. Thank you so much for your comments and reading my blog!

  5. I tried this recipe last night and was pretty frustrated. The dough is so dry there is no way it can be kneaded either with a dough hook on my mixer or by hand. I ended up chilling it and pressing into the pan which worked fine but that was after wasting time trying to do the impossible. There is no caramel taste to this recipe. I followed the instructions exactly. It ended up ok when I heated it and served with vanilla ice cream but it’s not a keeper.

    1. Hello,
      I am sorry that you were very frustrated with the recipe. The dough is just similar to tart crust. I only added baking powder to the dough however it is the same work as with the tart. I make that kind of bars often at my home and it is a keeper for along time now. Anyway, thanks for trying my recipe.

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