Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Remember the Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that I posted a couple of weeks ago? Well, those were the start of my spiraling into fall flavors! Ever since then I haven’t been able to resist the urge to give in and start baking with all of the comforting flavors of fall.

I even turned on my oven on a 97 degree day to make these! Yeah, while they were baking and the smell of apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg were wafting through the air, you could hear the poor air conditioner moaning at me!

But it was worth it to make these cookie bars that taste like apple pie! These bars are filled with chunks of apples, sweet caramel, nutty oats, and my favorite spice. . .cinnamon!

Think of them as portable apple pies to take with you for breakfast on the way to work! Or top them with some whipped cream and caramel for dessert! Oh, and if you close your eyes while you’re eating one, you may forget that it’s in the upper 90’s with temperatures reaching into the 100’s before it cools off again! Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Yield: 12 bars


  • 5 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar substitute
  • 2 tbsp non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C + 2 tbsp all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 C quick (not instant) oats, divided
  • 1/2 C apples, finely chopped
  • 1/2 C reduced-calorie caramel topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars on medium speed. Add in yogurt, egg, and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together 3/4 cup flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add to creamed butter mixture. Beat until well-combined. Stir in 1 1/2 cups oats.
  4. Press half of the cookie dough into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes and remove.
  5. Sprinkle apples over the crust. Combine caramel and remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Spread caramel over the top of the apples. Stir remaining 1/4 cup oats into the remaining dough and spread over the apples.
  6. Return to oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Do not overbake. Cool for 30 minutes. Place bars in the refrigerator and cool for 1 hour before cutting into squares.
  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
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  1. Oh YUM! I totally can’t wait for the return of fall flavors–I’m ready for apple and cinnamon and pumpkin to be the stars of the show again. :)

  2. You honestly had me at ‘caramel’, and then it just kept getting better + better. I’m in LOVE with these bars! What a perfect way to welcome fall :)

  3. These….these could destroy me. God they look amazing!

  4. You just made me SOOOOooo hungry!! Yummy!!

  5. These look so yummy! Caramel + apples is one of my fav flavor combos! I’ll have to try them out in a couple of months when its cooler :)

  6. Hello, blog bud. I nominated your blog for two awards. Stop on by. Sarah at The Ease of Freeze.

  7. WHOA. Jessica, these look so crazy good! I can practically see the leaves falling and feel the cozy sweaters already. You’ve got me thinking fall, girl!

  8. These sound incredible! Apples are at my farmers market, so I am thinking this is ready to be made any day now!

  9. Oh my word these look so delicious! I can smell all those flavors right now, oh I will be making these!!

  10. OMGoodness Jessica ~ I am definitely going to have to make these when the hubs returns home from commercial fishing (or else I’d eat them all myself 😉 You’ve combined ALL my fav ingredients into one…Kudos!!

  11. This seems like a perfect fall dessert to me 😀

  12. Caramel and apples and oats? These could be the BEST bars ever!!!

  13. Oatmeal and apples are just a perfect match always :)

  14. You are on a roll with fall flavors, Jessica! I love it! Come on, fall – hurry up! I have these bars to make! xoxo

  15. Yum. They sound fantastic.

  16. Oh my gravy those look good! I love the ooey gooey middle!

  17. Why are you torturing me before my dinner time my friend – seems like it has to be all dessert now 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  18. I’m definitely ready for fall after seeing these babies! delicious!

  19. this looks amazing! just pinned it for later! :)

  20. I’m not ready for summer to be over, but I’m excited for fall foods :)

  21. OMG – these look soooooooo delicious
    I love apples and caramel
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :)

  22. Hello fall! This looks like all things good for fall. I can feel it getting a bit cooler already.

  23. Portable apple pies that don’t require me to make a crust sound pretty much perfect!

  24. These sound so good! Love apple pie!

  25. I am so ready for fall — apples, cinnamon, pumpkins, etc. — my favorites! These bars look great and perfect for fall.

  26. These sound and look incredible! You have me actually wanting fall to come and end summer now.

  27. Portable Apple Pie, love it! I also like your idea of these as a breakfast bar. With the kids running out the door for school I can convince myself that these are a healthy way to make sure they have something to eat. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be featuring these at this week’s Thursdays Treasures. Pinned.

  28. My oh my oh my! These look totally YUM…gotta try them soon. Pinning for now. Thanks a million for linking this luscious recipe up at Weekend Potluck.

  29. Wow, these look amazing! Adding them to my fall baking list now!

  30. I so love these. YUM!

  31. I am currently drooling and the diet going rapidly south lol….. I’m in uk what’s the equivalent of quick oats we have porridge oats and ground oatmeal?

  32. These look AMAZING! You and I both have fallen into fall baking heaven :)

  33. Trying these today……They look so wonderful !

  34. What a great recipe! These look awesome! Thanks so much for entering this last week in the Iron Chef Mom link-up/contest for Apples on Cheerios and Lattes! We look forward to your chocolate recipes this week! :)
    Mackenzie from the Iron Chef Mom Team :)


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