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Stack of Caramel Apple Gooey Bars with rolo candies around them

Caramel Apple Gooey Bars

If you love caramel apples, you will LOVE this easy Caramel Apple Gooey Bar recipe. They are perfect for fall and loaded with apples and Rolo caramel candies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, cake mix, caramel
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 146kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8


  • 1 (approx 15 ounce) yellow cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , softened
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups (approx 180g) diced apples (Granny Smith)
  • 30 (161g) Rolos , unwrapped
  • ½ cup (4 ounces by volume) sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix cake mix, egg, butter, and cinnamon in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. The dough will form a ball.
  • Press about half of the dough in the bottom of the pan. Top with diced apples and Rolos. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top. Place bits of the remaining dough evenly over the top and press gently to compact.
  • Bake bars for about 35-45 minutes, until the top just begins to brown. Remove from oven and cool completely before slicing. The refrigerator helps this step, but be sure to serve room temperature so no one breaks a tooth on a cold Rolo!


Note: the apples are a little chewy. I like them that way in these, but if you prefer a softer apple you can cook the apples before adding them in step 3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan and add the apples. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the just start to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add as directed to the top of the cake mixture and continue from there.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg