INGREDIENTS for Crust and Topping:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1-3/4 cups flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
INGREDIENTS for Apple Filling:
For the crust and topping, beat the brown sugar, butter and shortening in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the flour, oats, salt and baking soda. Beat until mixed. Reserve 2 cups of the oat mixture. Pat the remaining oat mixture over the bottom of an ungreased 9x13-inch baking pan.
For the filling, toss the apples with the flour in a bowl.
Sprinkle the apples over the prepared layer. Heat the caramels in a small saucepan over low heat until melted, stirring frequently. Drizzle the caramel over the apples and sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
YIELDS: 3 - 4 dozen bars