BUTTERSCOTCH APPLE BARS



Orchard-fresh apples and the luscious taste of butterscotch combine deliciously between tender layers of buttery crust for seasonal treats everyone will enjoy. From back-to-school activities to fall gatherings, these crowd-pleasing bars serve a multitude of purposes.

CRUST

1 (15.25-ounce) package plain yellow cake mix
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg 


FILLING

1/4 cup butterscotch cook-and-serve pudding and pie filling mix (from a 4-serving size
package)
1/2 cup half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced


Method :

Preheat oven to 350°. For crust, in a large bowl, combine cake mix, flour, butter, milk, and egg. Press two-thirds of mixture into a 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake 8 minutes. Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium glass microwave-safe bowl, combine pudding mix and half-and-half. Microwave on HIGH until mixture thickens, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Add butterscotch chips; stir until chips have almost melted. Stir in apples. Spread butterscotch/apple mixture over hot  crust; sprinkle with the remaining crust mixture. Bake until filling is bubbly and crust is golden, 20 to 24 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.

Prep time:
25 minutesCook time: 28 minutesHelpful Hint: Select tart apples for the best flavor.

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