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Caramel Apple Bars: by <Roxy>

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  • Caramel Apple Bars: by <Roxy>

    Caramel Apple Bars:

    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
    1/4 cup shortening
    1 3/4 cups flour
    1 1/2 cups quick- cooking oats
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    4 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pared tart apples (about 3 medium)
    3 tablespoons flour
    1 pkg. (14 oz.s) caramel candies

    Heat oven to 400. Mix brown sugar, margarine and shortening. Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour, the oats, salt and baking soda. Remove 2 cups of the mixture; reserve. Press remaining mixture in ungreased rectangle pan, 13x9x2 inches.

    Toss apples and 3 T. flour; spread over mixture in pan. Heat candies over low heat, stirring occastionally, until melted; pour evenly over apples. Top with reserved oat mixture; press lightly.

    Bake until golden brown and apples are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into bars, about 2x1 1/2 inches, while warm. Refrigerate any remaining bars.