Savor the goodness of apple pie in every bite with our apple pie bars. A delightful mix of apples and buttery crust that’s easy to enjoy on the go or at home. Perfectly sweet, and perfectly portable.

If you’ve ever dreamed of the classic American apple pie but wished it were a bit more portable and easier to share, then our apple pie bars are here to make that dream a reality. These delightful treats offer all the warm, comforting flavors of traditional apple pie, expertly packed into a convenient handheld form. From the very first bite, you’ll be transported to the cozy comforts of home as the aroma of cinnamon and baked apples fills the air.

Our apple pie bars start with a buttery and flaky crust that is the perfect foundation for this delectable dessert. The filling is a harmonious blend of sweet, tart apples and just the right amount of spices to create a mouth-watering symphony of flavors. With each bite, you’ll experience a delightful balance of textures, from the tender apple filling to the crumbly, golden-brown topping that adds that extra layer of indulgence.

Whether you’re enjoying these apple pie bars as a cozy dessert at home, packing them in a lunchbox, or sharing them with friends and family at a gathering, Our easy-to-follow recipe allows you to bring the magic of apple pie to your kitchen without the fuss of rolling out pie crusts and worrying about intricate lattice designs. Just whip up a batch, savor the sweet aroma as they bake, and relish in the nostalgia of homemade apple pie in a simpler yet equally satisfying way.

The best Apples to Use for Apple Pie Bars

When making apple pie bars, it’s important to choose apples that hold their shape, offer a good balance of sweetness and tartness, and have a pleasant texture after baking. Some popular apple varieties for apple pie bars include:

  • Granny Smith: These tart green apples add a nice tanginess to your bars. They hold their shape well during baking and provide a refreshing contrast to the sweet filling.
  • Honeycrisp: Honeycrisp apples are known for their sweetness and satisfying crunch. They lend a pleasant sweetness to your bars while maintaining a firm texture.
  • Jonagold: These apples offer a nice balance of sweet and tart flavors. They have a slightly softer texture after baking, making them a good choice if you prefer a tender apple filling.
  • Fuji: Fuji apples are sweet and crisp, with a pleasant flavor. They work well for those who prefer a sweeter filling in their bars.

Ultimately, the choice of apple variety depends on your personal preference for the balance of sweet and tart flavors, as well as the texture of the apple filling bars you desire in your apple pie bars.

Ingredients needed for Apple Pie Bars

  • Butter: Butter is an essential component in the crust and topping. It contributes richness and a flaky texture to the crust while creating a crumbly and buttery topping.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is used in both the crust and the apple filling. It adds sweetness to the recipe, balancing the tartness of the apples. Brown sugar may also be used for a richer flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract provides a subtle, sweet aroma and flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the bars.
  • Salt: A small amount of salt enhances the overall flavor of your bars, balancing the sweetness and enhancing the other ingredients’ profiles.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour serves as the main dry ingredient for both the crust and the crumbly topping. It provides structure and a buttery, tender texture to your bars.
  • Apples: Select firm, flavorful apples, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold, that will hold their shape and add a delightful taste to your bars. Apples are the star of the show, providing natural sweetness and a soft, baked texture.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg: Ground cinnamon and nutmeg infuse your apple pie bars with that familiar, warm spice flavor. It complements the sweetness of the apples and adds depth to the filling.
  • Lemon Juice: A touch of lemon juice in the apple filling adds brightness, enhances the apple flavor, and prevents the apples from browning.
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How to make Apple Pie Bars

  • Make the shortbread crust. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8×8 inch pan.
  • Bake the shortbread crust for 15 minutes.
  • Make the apple pie filling.
  • Make the streusel topping. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Layer the apple pie filling evenly on top of the crust. It will look like too many apple slices, so layer them tightly and press them down to fit.
  • Sprinkle on the streusel topping.
  • Bake. These bars take about 30-35 minutes, or until the streusel is golden brown.
  • Chill the bars. Allow them to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight).

Tips and Suggestions

  • Select the Right Apples: Choose firm apples and hold their shape during baking. Varieties like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Jonagold work well due to their balance of sweet and tart flavors.
  • Slice Apples Uniformly: To ensure even baking, slice your apples into thin, uniform pieces. This helps with consistency in the filling and makes for a better texture in the final bars.
  • Use Cold Butter: When making the crust and topping, use cold, cubed butter. Cold butter creates a flakier, more tender texture in the dough. You can even place the butter in the freezer for a few minutes before using it.
  • Evenly Distribute the Topping: Ensure that you distribute the crumbly topping evenly over the apple layer to cover all the fruit.
  • Cool Before Cutting: Let your apple pie bars cool in the baking dish for about 30 minutes. This allows them to set and makes slicing easier.
  • Optional Toppings: Consider serving your bars with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce for extra indulgence.
  • Experiment with Spices: You can customize the spice blend to your taste. Try adding a pinch of cloves or allspice for additional flavor complexity.

By following these tips and suggestions, you’ll be well on your way to creating delectable apple pie bars that are perfect for sharing with friends and family or enjoying as a cozy treat.

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Variations

  • Caramel Apple Pie Bars: Drizzle caramel sauce over the apple filling before adding the crumbly topping for an extra layer of sweetness and flavor.
  • Spiced Apple Pie Bars: Enhance the spice profile by adding a pinch of ground cloves, allspice, or cardamom to the apple filling or crumbly topping.
  • Apple Berry Pie Bars: Combine apples with other fruits like berries (e.g., blueberries or raspberries) in the filling to create a fruity and tangy twist
  • Maple Glazed Apple Pie Bars: Drizzle maple syrup or a maple-flavored glaze over the bars when they are fresh out of the oven for a rich, sweet finish.
  • Apple Cranberry Pie Bars: Mix dried cranberries into the apple filling to introduce a tart contrast to the sweetness of the apples.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use any apples to make apple pie bars?

While you can use various apple varieties, it’s best to choose ones that are firm and offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors. Popular choices include Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Jonagold.

Can I make apple pie bars in advance?

Yes, you can make apple pie bars in advance. They store well for a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the oven or microwave for a warm, fresh taste.

Can I freeze apple pie bars?

Yes, you can freeze apple pie bars. Ensure they are fully cooled, cut them into bars, wrap them individually in plastic wrap or foil, and store them in an airtight container. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

Can I adjust the sweetness of the bars?

Yes, you can adjust the sweetness by altering the amount of sugar in the recipe. You can use more or less sugar in both the crust and the apple filling to suit your taste.

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Best Apple Pie Bars

Savor the goodness of apple pie in every bite with our apple pie bars. A delightful mix of apples and buttery crust that's easy to enjoy on the go or at home.Perfectly sweet, and perfectly portable.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 1 8-inch square baking pan

Ingredients
  

Shortbread Crust

  • ½ cup cold butter melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour

Apple Filling

  • 2 large apples peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp nutmeg

Streusel

  • ½ cup whole rolled oats
  • cup brown sugar or white sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp flour
  • ¼ tsp butter cold and cubed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (149°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper leaving enough overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  • Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes and then remove from the oven. (As the crust bakes, you can prepare the filling and streusel.)
  • Combine the sliced apples, flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl until all of the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.
  • Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks (or even with your hands) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  • Turn the oven up to 350°F (177°C). Evenly layer the apples on top of the warm crust. It will look like there are too many apple slices, so layer them tightly and press them down to fit. Sprinkle the apple layer with streusel and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Lift the foil or parchment out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. I usually cut them into 16 smaller bars, but you can cut them into 12 larger bars. Once cut, drizzle some salted caramel sauce on top of each. These apple pie bars can be enjoyed warm, at room temperature, or even cold.
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