Gooey Apple Pie Bars


Gooey Apple Pie Bars

Of all the fall dessert recipes we've tried, this apple pie bar recipe is one of our favorites!

Gooey Apple Pie Bars
Gooey Apple Pie Bars

Apple pie is an American favorite, and this dessert bar recipe turns the classic apple pie into delicious bars! What makes these Gooey Apple Pie Bars "gooey" is the delicious caramel sprinkled throughout the filling and drizzled on top. The warm apple and cinnamon filling is surrounded by flaky crust on top and bottom to create apple pie bars that are great when served warm, or even the next day! Scroll below the video for instructions!

Makes16 bars

Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time35 min

Cooking MethodOven

Cooking Vessel Size15x10-inch baking sheet


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 1/4 cups flour, divided
  • 10 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup caramel candies or bits
  • Caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a 15x10-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together with a hand mixer. Gradually add 3 cups of flour and mix on low speed until just combined. Shape into two equal-sized balls of dough.
  3. Lightly flour two 15x10-inch pieces of wax paper. Place one ball of dough on wax paper and use your palm to flatten a bit. Place the second lightly floured piece of wax paper over top the dough and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to 15x10 inches. Discard the top piece of wax paper, flip the dough onto the prepared pan, and peel off the second piece of wax paper.
  4. In a large bowl, combine apples, remaining 1/4 cup flour, sugar and cinnamon and stir to coat. Pour the apple mixture onto the dough and spread out evenly. Sprinkle caramel bits over the apples.
  5. Repeat step 3 with the remaining ball of dough. Carefully flip the dough over the apples and discard the wax paper. Tuck the edges of the dough into the pan to create a seal and make small slits in the top of the dough to vent steam.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 15 minutes. Drizzle with caramel sauce and cut into bars.


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There's nothing like the aroma of freshly baked apple pie in the fall, although I don't recall ever seeing the crust made with cream cheese before, I'm gonna guess with caramel oozing inside and out it's sure to be a dreamy treat that even your most critical eater can appreciate. And, I'm willing to gamble that walnuts would make this complete with of course your favorite dollop of vanilla ice cream melting over top. Yum!

Ive been craving apple pie! The buttery, brown sugar goodness that is caramel is calling my name. I bought some caramel bits and was wondering what I would try them on. This looks like it will do the trick. And it only takes 35 minutes to bake! Yes, this will do nicely.

What I like about this Gooey Apple Pie Bars is that they are done in squares which for me are easier to prepare and more portable than the round pies. I also like its being gooey because most of the apple pies I've tried before are kinda dry and more compact. I'd love to try this recipe if I have the chance.

I enjoyed them.

Love these gooey bars! These are a great alternative to all of the work it takes to make an apple pie and they taste better, too! I'm definitely going to make these for Thanksgiving dessert.

Loved having these delightful treats show up at the office. They were both sweet and tart -- everything you'd want in a pie! I'm definitely making these for Thanksgiving this year!

These bars are a great alternative to traditional apple pie! Just pick 'em up and enjoy. I enjoyed the sweet taste (but not TOO sweet). NOMZZZ

These bars looked like square slices of apple pie but tasted like a chewy caramel apple. I'll definitely be making a batch for my family this fall.

One word: YUM! These bars smelled heavenly as they were baking and they were so delicious and gooey once they came out of the oven.

Did you really make these? Do you actually have to seal them on the sides? Please reply to my email as well, thanks.

Yes, you do need to seal them. Otherwise the filling will ooze out!

These were so tasty!! And cut up into the perfect serving size. Plus, it's easy enough that EVEN I, a notoriously bad cook, could make them.

These were delicious! I can't wait to make them for my family for Christmas this year.

These were so yummy! Just like apple pie but bite-sized (too bad I had like 3)!

A new favorite! I love warm apple pie but I'm always nervous to make it myself. This is the perfect recipe for a beginner like me. So delicious!


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