Caramel Apple Pie Bars!

Shortbread Crust:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
Apple Filling:
2 large apples peeled and cut into thin slices
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
caramel sauce for drizzling

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper with overhangs.
2. Melt the butter in the microwave in a microwavable safe bowl.
3. Add the sugar, vanilla extract, and salt to the bowl and mix to combine.
4. Add the flour and mix to incorporate.
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press down as evenly as possible.
6. Bake 15 minutes. (While the crust is baking you can prepare the filling and streusel.)
7. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.
8. Add in the apple slices and stir the mixture until all the apple slices are coated. (Set to the side.)
9. In another medium bowl, whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour to incorporate.
10. Cut the cold butter with a pastry blender, 2 forks, or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (Set to the side.)
11. Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to 350 degrees.
12. Spread the apples evenly on top of the crust.
13. Sprinkle the streusel on top of the apples to cover them.
14. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown.
15. Remove from the oven and let cool 20 minutes.
16. Chill in the refrigerator 2 hours to overnight.
17. Remove from the refrigerator and from the pan using the overhangs.
18. Cut into 9-12 bars.
19. Heat the caramel up in the microwave for easy pouring.
20. Drizzle the caramel over top of each bar. Serve warmed up in the microwave or cool. Enjoy!!!

These bars are amazing and so full of flavor! We added ice cream to the top of ours with more caramel drizzled on top of it. They were delicious that way! Thanks for watching the video!!! I appreciate you all!