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Apple Caramel Spice Bars

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY HOLLY CLEGG

Sugar and spice make fall aromas nice, especially when it means there is a hot, sweet treat coming out of the oven.

If you want a fantastic autumn-themed dessert, one of my top fall recipes is these Apple Caramel Spice Bars from my "Gulf Coast Favorites" cookbook.

A cross between an apple crumble pie and a spice cake, you will love this melt-in-your-mouth dessert.

Spice is always nice, especially this season, and I love to keep these pantry friendly ingredients on hand. They not only allow you to whip up a fantastic dish, they make the house smell good enough to eat.

These delicious treats start with a cake mix. Add a crumbly oatmeal topping and caramel, and these bar cookies will delight everyone at your fall gathering. Cut into bars and serve warm with frozen vanilla yogurt for the ultimate treat.

Terrific Tips:

Apples are found year-round but are usually better and lower priced in the fall.

Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber and also a good source of potassium.

When selecting apples for cooking, choose those that are firm, deeply colored, average size and without soft or brown spots.

Buy apples that have a good sweet-tart balance and won’t break down during cooking. I like Golden Delicious (a little sweeter) or Granny Smith (a little more tart) apples, which are available year-round. Rome apples also may be used for cooking.


Holly Clegg, best-selling national cookbook author of the trim&TERRIFIC & Eating Well cookbook series, specializes in easy, healthy, everyday recipes. Visit her website, The Healthy Cooking Blog. Follow her on facebook.com/HollyClegg, instagram.com/holly_clegg and twitter.com/hollyclegg. Email her at holly@hollyclegg.com.