Prize Caramel Apple Bars


You'll earn a gold ribbon from your friends and family when you share these sweet and salty caramel apple bars. Just like a classic caramel apple recipe, these dessert bars feature caramel sauce and apples--and add peanut butter, oat cereal, and peanuts to the mix.

prize-winning apple-caramel bars
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
16 bars


  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter

  • ¾ cup caramel-flavored ice cream topping

  • 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 3 cup apple-cinnamon-flavored round toasted oat cereal (Cheerios)

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dried apples

  • ½ cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil up over edges of pan. Butter the foil. In a large saucepan combine 3/4 cup of the peanut butter, 1/2 cup of the ice cream topping, and the brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat just until mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat. Add cereal and apples; stir gently to coat. Transfer to prepared pan; press firmly into pan.

  2. In a small bowl stir together remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup ice cream topping. Spread evenly over bars and sprinkle with peanuts, pressing lightly. Let bars stand 1 hour to set. Use foil to lift from pan. Cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
11g Fat
28g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 73mg 2%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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