I have been searching for tasty recipes to try to use up a large amount of apples I bought from a local farmer last weekend. I found a recipe for Caramel Apple Bars which had rave reviews but I didn’t have any caramel squares or shortening…so I improvised with great results (I called this recipe butterscotch apple bars since I used butterscotch chips)!

My husband and I both loved this dessert dish and I plan to keep it handy for when company comes calling!

The original recipe is below (my changes follow):


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups apple – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, butter and shortening until smooth. Combine 1 3/4 cups flour, oats, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Set aside 2 cups of this mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, then toss them with the 3 tablespoons of flour. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the prepared crust. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt caramels, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the melted caramels evenly over the apples. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the top of the apple layer. Press down lightly.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender. Cut while slightly warm and refrigerate any leftover bars.


It did take some time to prepare the apples, but otherwise this is a pretty simple recipe. I did use 1/2 pkg butterscotch chips as noted before, and 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk. I also did not use shortening – instead I used only 1/4 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup homemade yogurt cheese in the place of shortening. For the butterscotch chips and condensed milk, I just put them in a bowl and microwaved on high 1min and mixed it up really well before pouring over the apples. Then I sprinkled cinnamon all over the butterscotch…yum!

I’m going to cool these and then try to freeze them in individual squares for when the sweet tooth hits!