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Easy Apple Pie Bars

by Nellie

These apple pie bars are made with fresh apples and has all of the amazing flavors of apple pie. This treat has apples sandwiched between a delicious shortbread crust.

Are you in the mood for something delicious and different? This fall and winter season, it’s the perfect time to create Apple Pie Bars for your family.

These Apple Pie Bars aren’t anything that you would find at the store, you will only be able to enjoy them from the comfort of your own home by baking them. You won’t have any regrets though because these are the most delicious bars you’ll ever find! 

Apple Bars

Before you decide to make these bars, you might be wondering how one can go about even starting to bake them. I give you the full ingredients and recipe so that you can make this on your own.

This is actually one recipe that the whole family will ask for time and time again! There are three components to these apple bars. 

Shortbread crust – I have never had another crust that was this delicious. The crust makes the bar POP! Just a few simple ingredients and you have shortbread. I want to make shortbread with everything to be honest.

Apple filling – When I say that these apple bars are delicious, it’s all because of this apple filling. Using fresh apples will make them so so good. 

Crisp topping – Last, but not least is this yummy crisp topping. Enjoying the topping to this apple pie will be something you’ll want to do over and over again. You might even consider making this topping for other recipes. 

This recipe is one that you can pass on for generations. I like to make a double batch and freeze one of them. It’s nice to be able to pull some out and enjoy them whenever you want.

Plus, it saves time and energy when you make double batches of something. If you enjoyed making this recipe, make sure you leave a comment below. 

Be sure to try out these bars variations too!

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Easy Apple Pie Bars
Yield: 12 Bars

Easy Apple Pie Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This apple pie bars are so good! Made with fresh apples, its a fun and yummy snack that you can grab and go!

Ingredients

  • SHORTBREAD CRUST
  • • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • APPLE FILLING
  • • 4 cups apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 4-5 medium apples)
  • • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • CRISP TOPPING
  • • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Instructions

  1. SHORTBREAD CRUST
  2. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over the ends, spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Add flour and mix until combined and dough is crumbly.
  4. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until dough is slightly puffed. Remove from oven and set aside, maintain oven temperature.
  6. APPLE FILLING
  7. Peel, core and chop apples into slices (this applepeeler/corer does the job in minutes). In a large bowl, combine apples, flour and sugar. Mix until apples are thoroughly coated.
  8. Arrange apples on baked crust.
  9. CRISP TOPPING
  10. In a medium bowl, mix together first five ingredients. With a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Spread topping over apples in an even layer.
  11. Bake uncovered at 350º F for 45 minutes, or until topping is golden and apple mixture is bubbly. Let cool, lift apple crisp using the extra parchment paper at the ends as handles, and cut into bars.

Notes

1.      Use crisp or tart apples such as Granny Smith and Honeycrisp (or mix them!) Avoid sweeter apples (like Macintosh) as it will make the filling mushy (but still good lol). 

2.      Store apple crisp bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 5 days.





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If you liked these Apple Pie Bars be sure to check out these Super Simple and Delicious Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

 

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