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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Magic Cookie Bars

Get ready for some serious Autumn yum.  Salted Caramel Apple Magic Cookie Bars are an indulgent treat brimming with fall flavors...apples, cinnamon, caramel, walnuts!   They are ooey gooey treats that are sure to please just about any audience.  

Ooey Gooey Fall flavors goodness in an easy to make cookie bar recipe!
(PIN IT to your Fall Boards for later!) 

I love to make magic bars.  No, they are not figure friendly, but they are incredibly easy to make and just so delicious. The flavor combinations with these treats are really endless.  They are a great dessert to take to a fall party or a Clambake! They'd also be great on the dessert table at your Thanksgiving gathering.  Yeah, I said it....Thanksgiving.  It will be here before we know it folks!

Easy to make recipe with great fall flavors!

For the chip portion of these bars, I used cinnamon flavored chips.  You can substitute peanut butter, white chocolate, or butterscotch chips if you can't find them.  All those flavors will work well in this bar cookie. 

 The apple flavor is added by chopping up the apples from canned apple pie filling.  I went with canned filling because the apples are soft and cooked through and will not lend any more liquid to the cookie.  But, I think if you decided to use fresh apples instead, you could cook them down to release most of the juice from the fresh fruit, and that should work too.  

For the caramel, I used those caramel bits you find near the chocolate chips in the baking aisle, and when they were all done baking, gave them a nice sprinkle of salt.  Swoon!  

A fun dessert choice for parties!

Go ahead.  Bake up a batch of these lovelies this weekend and give someone you love a little taste of fall!  (But please, don't eat the whole pan yourself! HA!) 

Salted Caramel Apple Magic Bars

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Inspired by Allrecipes
Salted Caramel Apple Magic Bars
Ooey gooey goodness with all the fall flavors you love in an easy to make bar cookie


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1- 14 ounce can of fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup of just the apples (none of the liquidy filling stuff) from a can of apple pie filling, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon flavored chips (can sub peanut butter, white chocolate, or butterscotch)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup caramel bits
  • kosher or flaked salt, as desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8" x 8" glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter in a small bowl. Pour into the prepared baking dish and press down firmly with the back of a spoon or measuring cup to create level crust.
  3. In the same small bowl you used to mix the crust, combine the chopped apples with the sweetened condensed milk. Pour evenly over the crust.
  4. Sprinkle the milk/apple layer with the cinnamon chips, coconut, chopped walnuts and caramel bits, in that order. Press down gently into the milk/apple layer.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 -35 minutes or until top is golden brown and the bars are set. Remove from oven and cool completely. Sprinkle top with salt. Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours to chill. Once chilled, remove from refrigerator for about 10 minutes then cut into bars.
  6. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Yield: 16 bar cookies
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 45 mins.
Tags: cookies, dessert, bars, caramel, apple, salted, treat, snack

*Not providing nutritional stats for this indulgent recipe.  Eat in moderation and enjoy! 

Printable Recipe 


OMG.  I cannot tell you how yummy these are.  I do confess, they are a little messy, but I think that adds to their charm.  The real trick is eating them in moderation!  lol  

If you like this recipe, check out these other apple-y treats! 

Mini Apple Cinnamon Swirl Scones with Caramel Drizzle 
Fresh Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread
Apple Chips with Salted Caramel from Life Tastes Good
Apple Filled Cinnamon Rolls from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread Pudding from Flavor Mosaic

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  1. Wow! Talk about a drool-worthy dessert! I want to make this want. It looks awesome! Amazing photos too.

    1. awe...thanks Michele! You inspired me with all of your own magic bar creations!

  2. These apple bars will certainly disappear like magic in my home!! ~ Catherine

    1. They disappeared pretty quick here! lol

  3. Great recipe and beautiful photos, Renee! Looks like a winner!

  4. I think I'll make these for my co-workers so I can get a taste too and not be tempted to eat the whole batch! Super creative take on the traditional bars!

    1. Thanks Sandra! I hope you like them as much as I do! :)

  5. These just look amazing! And what perfect flavors for fall- love the addition of the salted caramel! :)

  6. I think I could sacrifice my figure and have one or few such delicious bars.. :D

  7. Ohh, you had me at salted caramel! I love those little caramel bits also!

  8. What an inspired idea! These look wonderful!

  9. These bars look amazing! Anything salted caramel has got my attention. :) Beautiful photos too!

  10. These sound absolutely delicious Renee.

  11. Holy guacamole these sound amazing! Love!!

  12. Oh my goodness these look and sound soooo good! I have a silly question though. I've been searching for the answer for a few years now. LOL Why are they called magic bars? I've saw numerous different recipes with different flavors and always wondered.

  13. Wow these look delicious! That gooey topping sets it over the edge!


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