Spiced Apple-Caramel Crumble Bars + Thanksgiving Blogger Giveaway!

Every year for Thanksgiving, I tend to think a little non-traditionally when it comes to desserts. Probably because I already have my method down-pat for the perfect turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, which are reoccurring staples on our holiday table.

So, why not put an extra special, sweet spin on the last course? If you’ve left room, that is…

Don’t get me wrong, we looove a good pie in this house. Some of my first baking memories involve pulling warm, gooey apple pies out of the oven and piling slices high with vanilla whipped cream. But, they are a lot of darn effort. That’s why I play the “keep it simple” card once the main meal is taken care of, and serve up something a little lighter and more unexpected…

These soft, spiced apple crumble bars with an easy homemade caramel layer and crumbly, buttery oat topping are the perfect holiday dessert – and so easy to make, too! They taste just as good as a big slab of apple pie, but with half the effort and time, which we could all stand to save during Thanksgiving. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you’ll have just about died and gone to heaven after one bite! They’re THAT good.

The next time I bake a batch, I’ll probably toss in a few handfuls of fresh cranberries, too. Maybe a sprinkle of freshly grated ginger or lemon zest along with ‘em. With a hint of added tartness, these bars would taste even better, I think!

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In collaboration with many other talented bloggers, including Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts, I’m participating in a virtual potluck of Thanksgiving recipes to raise awareness of Feeding America… and for it, I brought these delicious bars! Feeding America is a wonderful nonprofit organization and the nation’s largest hunger relief charity – put simply, their goal is to end hunger in America. Working with a network of food banks, they have a mission to feed America’s hungry and get people involved in the fight to end hunger.

In partnering with Feeding America and my blogger friends, we’re also bringing you a GREAT BIG giveaway! For more details, read below and enter through the widget…

 

Giveaway Details

 One Grand-Prize Winner Will Receive:

(1) Anolon Nouvelle Copper 11-Piece Set (retail value: $400)

One Runner-Up Will Receive:

(1) Wüsthof Knives Classic 7-Piece Block Set (retail value: $300)

To Enter:

Enter through the widget below!

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Winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Tuesday, November 26th.

Good luck!

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Spiced Apple-Caramel Crumble Bars

Yield: Makes 3-4 dozen bars

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups cold butter, divided
5 cups (4-5 medium) peeled, diced apples
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon (pinch) ground nutmeg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with parchment paper and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 2 cups for topping.

Press remaining crumbs into prepared baking dish. Evenly arrange apples over top.

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, water, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining 2 Tablespoons butter. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly; spread over apples. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until top is lightly browned. Let bars cool completely before cutting.

Enjoy!

TIPS

Refrigerate your full pan of bars for at least 30 minutes before cutting to make cutting easier.

Stored in the refrigerator, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Adapted from Taste of Home

POTLUCK PARTICIPANTS:
Erin from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts | Pumpkin Pie
Erin from Texanerin Baking | Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars
Caroline from Chocolate & Carrots | Sweet Potato Biscuits with Cranberry Jam
Katrina from In Katrina's Kitchen | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
Christina from Dessert for Two | Mini Pumpkin Pies
Sally from Sally's Baking Addiction | Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes
Tracey from Tracey's Culinary Adventures | Butternut Squash, Apple & Potato Gratin with Cheddar Crumb
Rachel from Rachel Cooks | Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples and Cranberries
Kate from Diethood | Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Gina from Running to the Kitchen | Green Beans with Cranberries, Bacon, & Goat Cheese
Carla from Carla's Confections | Spinach Mashed Potatoes
Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food | Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Liz from The Lemon Bowl | Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake | Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Candied Pecans
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic | Mini Apple Pies
Megan from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver | Roasted Potatoes with Bacon Parmesan Vinaigrette

      

59 Responses to “Spiced Apple-Caramel Crumble Bars + Thanksgiving Blogger Giveaway!”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 18, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    These truly look perfect. I love anything caramel and apple.

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    Rachel Cooks — November 18, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    I need to make these…like…yesterday.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 18, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Georgia these bars look amazing! I Love everything about them – so much better than pie in my opinion. Thanks for joining in the pot luck!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — November 18, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    Holy cow are these bars insane!!!! I want like ten of them for breakfast. Beautiful.

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    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — November 18, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    These look amazing and your caramel recipe looks super easy to follow. I’m a mess when it comes to caramel, I never know when it turns amber and when to dump in the cream. Will definitely be trying your version!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — November 18, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Yes, yes, yes….apple + caramel + crumble!! Need these bars!

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    Carolyn — November 18, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    These look heavenly. And I agree, pie can be too much work!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — November 18, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    These bars are to die for Georgia!!!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — November 18, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    These look amazing, even better than traditional apple pie! I love how easy to make they are, and the caramel layer is to die for. Genius idea, Georgia ;D

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — November 18, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    These bars look absolutely amazing!!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 18, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    WHYYYYY have I never made crumble bars like these before?!? That must change immediately!!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 18, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    What gorgeous bars for a wonderful cause from a fabulous group of women! Thakns for a decadent recipe and for reminding us all to give back. You just rock my socks.

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    Liz — November 18, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Oh, my. There’s not much to say other than I must make these ASAP!!! Wow.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 18, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    I could eat 57 of these bars, Georgia! Beautiful!

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    Eat Good 4 Life — November 18, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Wow, these look insane. I wish i could eat a few of them right about now :-) Great pictures!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 18, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    I love that we kind of made the same thing! And apple bars are so much better than apple pie, right?! Dumb old crust. ;) Love the pictures, as always!

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    Kelly — November 18, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    These bars look amazing Georgia! I love apple-caramel desserts especially with crumb topping! Pinning these gorgeous photos!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — November 18, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Oh wow, these bars look SO amazing! Perfect for Thanksgiving!

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    Honey,What's Cooking — November 18, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    These bars look fantastic… I love anything apple around the holidays, although I’m allergic, thank GOD I can eat them when they are cooked. :-)

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — November 18, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    So much easier than pie, is right! Love this recipe, Georgia. It is very similar to my apple pie crumble bars. Thanks for sharing and have a great week! Pinning…of course!

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    shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — November 18, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    These bars look and sound amazing! A caramel layer with apples is just bliss on a fork! Great ideas to add cranberries or lemon zest to these! Thanks for sharing

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    Rachel @thedessertchronicles — November 18, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    These look incredible! Love the idea of a bar instead of apple pie. Apple pie is great but it’s fun to mix it up!

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    Tracey — November 18, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I love classic apple pie, but these bars are a great way to switch things up! No worries about making pie crust and they’re definitely great portion control :)

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    Dina — November 18, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    they look yummy!

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    Jeanette — November 18, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    These apple bars look scrumptious Georgia, all for a great cause!

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    Stephanie — November 18, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    I am *SO* making these ASAP! I love apples and caramel!!!

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    Mary Callan — November 18, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    What wonderful treats – the apple caramel bars look totally scrumptious! what a great giveaway!
    Mary x

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    Erika — November 18, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    Wow these look incredible Georgia. Definitely makes one want to switch up from the traditional pie method.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 18, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Totally wish I had one of these right now! Oh my!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — November 18, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Georgia, your guests are going to be thrilled! What a wonderful way to end the big meal, these look wonderful!

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    marcie — November 18, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    I love the looks of these bars! I’d be extremely happy to enjoy one of these at the end of a big Thanksgiving meal. I’d rather go a bit non-traditional on the desserts myself this year. Bars are the perfect thing!

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    Vicki Bensinger — November 18, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Wow these would be a nice addition to my Thanksgiving menu. I was drooling looking at them. I’m not sure I will be able to wait until then to try these. Are they as delicious as they look?

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 18, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    These bars look incredible, Georgia! I just want to sink my teeth into one!

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    Monet — November 18, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    Um, yes please! Give me anything in bar form…and especially if that something involves caramel and apples! Looks so good Georgia!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — November 18, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    These look incredible! That caramel sauce alone is to die for!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — November 18, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    I love apple pie in bar form because it is so much easier to eat!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — November 19, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    I want to come to your house for Thanksgiving Georgia! ;) These gorgeous crumble bars may not be traditional but they sure look tasty! Pinned! Have a great week my friend. :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 19, 2013 @ 1:47 am

    These bars definitely need to make an appearance on our Thanksgiving table this year!

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    Kim Beaulieu — November 19, 2013 @ 1:58 am

    Georgia these bars are simply stunning. I should be going to be right now and all I want to do is run into my kitchen to make these. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any reason at all. Been a pleasure doing this event with you. xx

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    Becca @ Crumbs — November 19, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    The picture of caramel flowing over the apple is making me drool!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — November 19, 2013 @ 6:32 am

    Those photos would turn anyone into a believer!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — November 19, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    The simple card looks splendid. These bars have me drooling. Pinned.

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — November 19, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Please mail these to me immediately. They complete me.

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    Eileen — November 19, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    I can’t see any reason to make a pie if you’re serving these little beauties either. And yes to icecream on top!

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    RavieNomNoms — November 19, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    These look amazing!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 19, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    I agree! Pie can be so tedious and I’m not good at it. Give me a slab of this any day!

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    Pam — November 19, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    They look so delicious. Great giveaway!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — November 19, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I goto try this soon, looks so good. The topping is out of the world yum looking.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — November 19, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    Those caramel crumble bars look so inviting!

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    ashley - baker by nature — November 19, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    These bars! That crumble! I… love it all.

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    Kitchen Belleicious — November 19, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    its like the best of both a pie ( my favorite apple pie) and a cookie bar! I love this . So creative

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — November 19, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    Yummy bars!! Love the crumbled topping :)

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    Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — November 19, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    These little divine bars are perfect for the Thanksgiving table! Love apples with caramel.
    Cheers,
    J+C

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    Tiffani T. — November 20, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Made these last night and they were SO DELICIOUS that I had to leave a comment – thank youuuuuu for sharing this recipe! These bars were easy enough to make on a weeknight and bring it into work this morning (so my coworkers also thank you for the recipe). Definitely saving this one to my favorites! :)

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 20, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    These bars would be perfect anytime! So irresistible!

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    Ramona — November 21, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    These apple bars look perfect for the Thanksgiving dessert table. :) I like the portion size… sometimes I have no room for a large piece of pie. :)

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    Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker — November 21, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    Ohmygoodness, these bars sound like perfection! I’m all good with eating pie, but I’m way more likely to bake a batch of crumble-topped bars, and these are making my recent apple pie cravings turn into apple crumb bar cravings! YUM!

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    Sandra — November 22, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Yum, looking forward to making these bar for Thanksgiving as well as a few other recipes on your YUMMY website! :)

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    anna @ annamayeveryday — January 24, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    I have been wanting to make something exactly like this – great looking recipe!

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