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Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars. Apple pie in a bite size bar!

Its official, fall is here!  Which, if you live in apple country like me, it means bring on the apples!  Lots of apples.   So many apples, I can’t keep up.  With a fridge full of apples the other day (and after making batch after batch of applesauce), this Apple Pie Bar recipe was born.  What I love about it–it combines a shortbread cookie crust with a gooey apple pie center, and is topped  with a crisp oat topping.  Its like eating a cookie, pie, and crisp all in one.  How can you go wrong?

Apple Pie Bars. Apple pie in a bar! trailstotable.com

For this recipe, I used a combination of apples I had on hand–Granny Smith, Golden, and Macintosh.  I like to mix my apples when making apple pie, because it creates interesting flavor combinations and textures, but feel free to use whatever apples you have on hand.

Apple Pie Bars. Apple pie in a bar! trailstotable.comDon’t forget to let the bars cool completely to allow time for them to set before cutting them.  Your kitchen will smell amazing and you will be tempted to eat these right out of the oven, but give it a couple hours to let them set.  It will be well worth the wait!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Apple Pie Bars
Shortbread cookie crust, gooey apple filling, and crisp oat topping blend perfectly together to create this amazing apple pie bar. All the flavors of apple pie wrapped up into a bite-size bar!
Apple Pie Bars. Apple pie in a bite size bar!
Course dessert
Cuisine baking
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course dessert
Cuisine baking
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Apple Pie Bars. Apple pie in a bite size bar!
Instructions
  1. To make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice 1 cup butter (2 sticks) into pieces. Cream butter and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, fold 2 cups flour into the butter mixture until fully mixed. If the dough appears too crumbly, add a tsp of cold water.
  2. Transfer the dough into a 9x13 baking pan. Press the dough unto the bottom of the baking pan until it is flattened out and covers the bottom, building a 1/2 inch edge on all sides. Chill in the refrigerator.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack to let cool. Leave the oven on.
  4. To make the apple filling: Toss apple slices in a bowl with 2/3 cup brown sugar, cornstarch, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice until well-coated. Let rest a few minutes.
  5. Transfer apples and their juices to a saucepan. Heat on medium heat, until steaming, then turn the heat to low, and cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes, until a nice thick sauce forms. Turn off the burner, and set the apple mixture aside to cool.
  6. To make the crumble topping: Combine the remaining 1 cup brown sugar, oats, 1 cup flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to mash the remaining 3/4 cup cold butter into the oats mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  7. To assemble the apple bars:, Pour the apple mixture over the shortbread crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle the oat mixture over the apples to the edges of the baking dish. Pat the topping gently until even.
  8. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and sides are bubbling, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely. Then cut into bars. Enjoy!
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