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Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars

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I know it’s only August, and that it’s still 90° outside, but I want apple season to be NOW. If I bake it, fall will come.

Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars are so easy to make! A Nilla Wafer crust topped with apples, chocolate, and caramel! It's like a magic bar married apple pie!

Last week, in the midst of construction, I learned a valuable lesson I wanted to pass on to everyone.

It was evening, the contractors were working late to finish up a few things, Mel was out of town, and I was making Jordan’s dinner in our garage “kitchen.” I popped her bagel pizza into the toaster oven to broil and then I started the vegetables going in the microwave…and then the power went out.

It turns out that you are not supposed to use a microwave and a toaster oven on the same fuse at the same time.

(My first thought when the lights went out was, no joke, OMG THE WIFI! #priorities)

Luckily, the KitchenMart guys were nice enough to look at the fuse box for me. (Seriously, could that thing be more confusing? Mel has tried and tried to teach me how it works and I just go into a fugue state and never remember his instructions.) Turns out not only did I blow the fuse I actually broke it. The good part about having contractors at your house every day? They fixed it the next morning.

The moral of the story: don’t use both appliances at the same time on the same fuse. #YoureWelcome

Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars Recipe - they're so easy to make!

Speaking of stressful situations, I’m figuring out that dieting during a remodel is not going to be easy. I was good all day the day the lights went out…and then I self-medicated with Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars and wine. Dare I say it was worth every calorie?

It dawned on me a few weeks ago that I haven’t made magic bars in a really long time. I decided to remedy that with two new versions, this being one of them. (The other will be coming soon, pinky swear!) This magic bar version is one of my favorites of all times. It combines my love of caramel, sweetened condensed milk, and apple pie!

Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars - apple pie in magic bar form filled with caramel! Such an easy fall recipe!

Obviously you have realized by now that I have both a caramel apple and an apple pie addiction. From Caramel Apple Gooey Bars to Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies and Apple Slab Pie, apple season is my favorite ever (even more than pumpkin!)

Turning my three favorite things into magic bars was easy. Let’s break down the layers in this recipe:

First, the crust. It’s a Nilla Wafer Crust, which is similar to the one that I used for my lemon cheesecake bars. I also used Nilla Wafers in the crust for my Apple Cheesecake Bars, so I know they pair fabulously. The recipe for the crust uses 60 Nilla Wafers for a 9×9 pan. I like thick crusts and I cannot lie…

Then you sprinkle chopped apple, white chocolate, nuts, and Rolos. Drench the whole thing in sweetened condensed milk and bake and you have the best magic bar recipe ever: Caramel Apple Magic Bars!

Substitution ideas:

  • Don’t like white chocolate? Use milk, semi-sweet, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips.
  • Don’t like Rolos? Use Hershey’s Caramel Kisses, Caramel Bits, or even peanut butter cups.
  • I used pecans, but you can also use walnuts or even almonds.
  • I used a Granny Smith Apple and diced it very small. Use your favorite apple!

I also drenched the bars in caramel sauce before eating because, duh. More caramel > Less caramel.

We LOVED these Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars! An easy recipe for fall full of caramel, apple pie flavor, and a Nilla Wafer crust!

I can’t wait to make these again – and make more magic bars for you. But not while I’m running the microwave… 😁

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Servings: 16 bars

Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars

These Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars are the best way to eat apple pie! A Nilla Wafer Crust is topped with white chocolate, Rolos, and apples for the PERFECT magic bar that tastes like the best apple pie!


  • 60 Nilla Wafers
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large granny smith apple — peeled, cored, and diced (a heaping 1 cup)
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 20 Rolos — unwrapped (or other chocolate caramel candy)
  • 1/2 cup pecans — chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” square pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Process the Nilla Wafers in a food processor until they are a fine crumb. Stir crumbs into melted butter and add salt, stirring with a fork. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir sweetened condensed milk (SCM) and cinnamon together in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  4. Sprinkle apples, Rolos, pecans, and white chocolate chips over hot crust. Pour SCM over the top evenly. Return to oven and bake another 21-24 minutes until the edges are golden. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze in a single layer for up to 1 month.

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  1. My office is like that. Nobody can microwave and make coffee and the same time or the whole thing blows. I can’t count how many times I was writing up a last-minute quiz before class when my computer shut off. Wiring sucks.
    But hey, it gave you an excuse to drink wine and eat magic bars. Have I mentioned that I don’t believe in diets anyway? So that’s perfect. And these are the perfect fall magic bar!

  2. I love your priorities, that would be the same for me! Gosh these bars look good, that caramel sauce just makes them so indulgent! 

  3. I have to make these bars ASAP! They look AMAZING!

  4. These are just loaded with everything awesome. I love the nilla wafer crust rather than just graham crackers. Very creative! And of course everything is better drenched in caramel. 

    I read that about the power situation a FB update of yours and I was like just what she needed, in the middle of all that construction! Always something, I swear.

  5. Yum! Magic bars are an amazing thing but these take it to the next level 🙂

  6. Wow, wish I had some of these right now! Yum… 🙂

  7. First of all, laughed out loud at “I like thick crusts and I cannot lie.” Hilarious! Second, I’ve been trying to hold on to summer for as long as possible, but these magic bars are coaxing me into fall. Darn you, Dorothy! These look awesome, and they just may force me to face the fact that August is almost in the rearview mirror. I guess if it must be, then these bars are a great way to welcome fall!

  8. I want that whole stack! I would have been right there with you drinking wine and eating these bars…ok maybe not the wine since I’m pregnant, but DEFINITELY these bars!! 

  9. Dorothy, you are a genius!!!  I bet these magic bars are out of control delicious!!  I have got to make this for my family 🙂  

  10. I’m so ready for all things apples and pumpkins, but going into fall around the midwest means that winter is soon to follow! Yikes! Luckily we’ll have lots of these bars to get us through that season Love the looks of the, Dorothy! And you definitely can’t go wrong with caramel!

  11. I never knew that about the both appliances at the same time on the same fuse thing! good to know! and good luck with the rest of the remodel . . I can’t wait to see it. .  love love love these apple pie magic bars! it’s been so cool here it already feels like fall ..  so I’m loving these right now! 

  12. I would have had EXACTLY the same thought about the wifi.  Yep, got our priorities straight!  🙂  Meantime, these bars look OUT OF THIS WORLD!

  13. I would have freaked if our electricity went out like that! Someone needs to come up with an electrical guide for dummies like me. You need to write a book on magic bars – all your creations look divine! 🙂

  14. So glad they were able to fix the fuse box quickly, I had no idea about that either. I would have needed these magic bars to calm me down too. Love this caramel apple pie version! It looks so gooey and delicious!

  15. These bars are everything! Everything that makes my heart happy. Love apple and caramel together. It doesn’t get much better than that!

  16. Holy smokes! Your Magic Bars look amazing. I love them too and don’t make them nearly enough! And I love that you put Rolos in them – fantastic!

  17. Honestly, I don’t even know how you’re functioning. It’s like worse than being without a bathroom. Well, maybe not quite. HA. I’m still holding onto summer, obvi. BUT I wouldn’t turn one or two of these down if you just happen to show up at my door with them. Mkay?

  18. I cannot remember the last time I had a magic bar! YUMMM

  19. These look magical indeed. Perfect way to welcome fall!

  20. Yummm! Now you are getting me excited for Fall 😀 About the fuse – that is something I would totally do (and have done :X)!

  21. It has actually been pretty cool and Fall-like here lately, and I have to say — I just LOVE it! Bring on the caramel and apple! Good luck with the rest of your reno!

  22. Caramel Apple never gets old, these look SO delicious!! I was hoping for slightly cooler weather here, but now it’s just raining allllll the time. Well, I guess that means more time in the kitchen as it’s not like I can enjoy being outside!

  23. I am so ready for all things apple and caramel too!  These bars are so calling my name!  I would totally have used two appliances on one outlet and not thought anything of it!  Good thing you were able to get it fixed so quickly!!!  

  24. So sorry about your broken fuse. I didn’t know that either! I guess now you know for future reference? 😉 I hope these bars helped, they look amazing? 

  25. Oh.Em.Gee. Are you kidding me with these, Dorothy?!?!?! They look amazing! I am so happy for apple season!!

  26. Drool! Dieting while going through a stressful situation is never a good idea 🙂

  27. There is just something about magic bars that I can`t just have one!  I love carmel apple desserts and maybe I`ll just pretend these are healthy since there`s apples in it.

  28. I absolutely love this recipe! So much so I added it to my ultimate apple recipe roundup…I hope you will come by and take a look! Have a great week xo

  29. I can’t wait to feature these on my Friday Five list this Friday! 🙂 Make sure to stop by ( 🙂 Xo, Kara @ Fit Chick Nextdoor

  30. Sounds delicious, but I may use butterscotch sauce instead, BUT….if they remain gooey even after they’ve cooled, then they would not be a good idea for a cookie sway, too messy.

  31. Could you double the ingredients and make it in 9×13 pan?

  32. Is it possible to do this recipe with a 9×13 pan?

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