Apple Pie Bars are a portable version of the familiar autumn pie. You’ll love the pairing of sweet cinnamon apples baked with a perfect buttery crust!
If you love handheld desserts, make sure to try my Apple Hand Pies too. For an apple dessert that takes even less work, these Apple Dumplings are a winner.
Why These Apple Bars are Best
There’s nothing like the perfection of an old fashioned apple pie. This recipe puts a delicious and easy twist on the pie you know and love.
The shortbread cookie inspired crust is less fussy than traditional pie crust and tastes incredible with apple filling.
- Apple pie you can eat with your hands!
- These bars start with an easy homemade crust.
- The apple pie filling has the perfect balance of sweet, tart and fall spice flavors.
- A brown sugar streusel topping adds a satisfying finishing touch!
Like this Dutch Apple Pie, we topped the apple bars with a crumbly streusel instead of a second crust.
Today’s recipe is a cross between apple crisp and our easy apple slab pie.
To make apple pie bars, you’ll need most of the same ingredients you would use for a standard apple pie.
- Crust – You will need butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour and salt. We also add vanilla extract to our crust for added flavor.
- Apples – Granny smith, Honeycrisp or a combination of both are best for this apple pie filling!
- Spices – Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are the perfect autumnal blend here. Or use your favorite apple pie spice mix instead.
- Lime juice – The acid helps balance the sweetness of the apple filling for an even more appealing flavor.
- Oats – Use whole rolled oats for the crumb topping, along with butter, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
This apple pie bar recipe is easy to make, even if you’ve never made any apple dessert from scratch before.
Just make the crust and mix together the filling and topping. Assemble, bake and enjoy!
How to Assemble
How to make apple bar crust:
How to make apple bar filling:
How to make apple bar streusel:
Press the crust into a square baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes then let it cool.
Spread the apple pie filling on top of the cooled crust.
Spoon the streusel topping over the apple layer. Try to cover the apples as evenly as possible with that delicious cinnamon sugar crumble!
Bake for 55 minutes. Let the bars cool slightly in the pan before cutting.
Tips and Tricks
- Try these bars warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a heavenly dessert!
- Apple pie bars are also delicious served chilled. You can enjoy them cold straight out of the fridge.
- Store the bars tightly covered in the refrigerator. They taste best eaten within 3 days.
- For a sweet treat, drizzle some vanilla icing on the top while warm!
If you notice parts of the bars are starting to look brown before the bars are done baking, loosely cover your pan with foil. This will keep the edges and top layer from burning while the center continues to bake through.
Yes, apple bars keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months. Store them in a freezer-safe container or freezer bags. If you have to place the bars on top of one another, make sure to separate them with a piece of wax paper to prevent sticking.
Let the frozen apple bars thaw overnight in the refrigerator before eating them.
You sure can. I preferred the zestier flavor of lime in the filling, but lemon juice has been the standard for apple pie recipes for generations!
Any combination of apples with a sweet and tart flavor are good alternatives. I love Honeycrisp and Pink Lady for apple pie recipes. Fuji and Golden Delicious are two more popular choices.
More Fall Desserts
These Apple Pie Bars have a buttery sweet crust, a spiced apple filling and the perfect streusel crumb!