Caramel Apple Oat SquaresThese turned out delicious. They are very similar to an apple crisp but with the added decadence of rich creamy caramel. We enjoy these best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

1-3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
20 caramels, unwrapped
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; cut in the butter until crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture; press remainder on bottom of a 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

3. Add the walnuts to the reserved crumb mixture. In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt the caramels with the sweetened condensed milk stirring until smooth. Spoon the apple filling over the prepared crust; top with the caramel mixture then the reserved crumb mixture. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool before cutting. Makes 10 to 12 servings.


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