Apple Pie Bars

Any day is a good day for apple pie, right? To most people, apple pie is not just a fall or Thanksgiving dessert, it should be enjoyed all throughout the year!

YIELD: 8 each (2 bars per serving)



  • ½ cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • ½ stick Butter, unsalted and chilled

Apple Filling

  • 3 lbs Honey crisp apples, diced
  • ½ cup White sugar
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp All spice
  • Pinch Salt
  • 4 tbsp Butter, salted
  • ¼ cup Water

Crumble Topping

  • ¾ cup All-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Old-fashioned oatmeal
  • ¼ lb (1 stick) Butter, unsalted, cold, diced

Method of Preparation

  1. To make the shortbread: Preheat oven to 325°F and pam spray a 9×9 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper on bottom.
  2. Using biscuit method in a bowl, knead butter into dry ingredients until dough forms.
  3. Press dough into bottom of baking dish. Set aside.
  4. To make the filling and crumble: In a medium-sized bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
  5. Toss diced apples in with the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  6. Melt butter in a medium sauce pot.
  7. Add water and remaining ingredients to pot.
  8. Cook the apples for about 15-20 minutes over medium low heat or until soften.
  9. Immersion blend apple filling, some apple still visible.
  10. Pour on top of shortbread dough in prepared pan and spread evenly.
  11. Mix crumble topping ingredients together and place on top of apple filling.
  12. Bake for about an hour and cool on cooling rack.
  13. Once cooled, place on a cutting board and using a serrated knife, cut off edges.
  14. Cut into 16 squares (or any preferred size) and serve at room temperature.

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