Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 1/2 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Golden Delicious apples, cored and chopped
1 cup caramel candies, each cut in quarters
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. In medium-size bowl, combine 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Transfer mixture to pan and press in an even layer in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes.
2.In same mixing bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, 1/2 cup brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup flour; stir in apples, caramels and nuts. Pour over bottom crust. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly; cut into quarters lengthwise and crosswise to make 16 bars. Cool completely.

For times when a little indulgence is deserved, this sweet and buttery, gooey and crunchy treat is just right-and easier to eat than a caramel apple.

Caramel Apple Bars
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