These easy to make Apple Pie Bars are the perfect alternative to Apple Pie. A buttery shortbread base with a delicious Apple Pie filling, then topped with a buttery crumb topping, make these perfect Dessert Bar.
Apple Pie Bars
It’s the best time of the year. Yes, that means Fall and Apple baking time. Nothing like the aroma of cinnamon and apple baking in the oven.
There’s nothing like a shortbread base in a Cookie Bar!
And these Apple Squares have it all, they are so good on their own or dress them up for a special dessert, by adding a scoop of Vanilla ice cream and why not a drizzle of some homemade Caramel Sauce?
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, for us Canadians, it’s this weekend, these Apple Pie Bars would make the perfect substitute to Pumpkin Pie or why not serve them both!?
How to make Apple Squares
- First start by making the shortbread base, cream the butter, then add the sugar and combine, gradually add the whisked flour and combine.
- Spread the dough evenly on the prepared cake pan and bake for about five minutes.
- While the base is baking, make the apple pie filling. Mix together the chopped apples, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Spread the filling on top of the baked shortbread base.
- Then top with the crumb topping, mix together the the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon, cut in the butter to make coarse crumbs then gently stir in the chopped nuts.
- Bake the bars for about 40-45 minutes. Let cool completely at room temperature then refrigerate for an hour or two for easier cutting.
Best apples for Apple Bars?
Probably the best apple to use is the Granny Smith because it is firm and tart, although a Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious will work fine too, or why not mix a couple of the varieties together?
Best nuts to mix with apples
I used pecans in the Crumb topping for these Apple Squares, although walnuts, hazelnuts or even almonds are also a good choice.
How to store Apple Pie Squares
The bars should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They will last up to three to four days in the fridge.
Freeze the bars the same way in an airtight container or freezer bag. They will keep for up to three months in the freezer. Thaw the bars in the fridge.
More Apple Recipes
So if you are looking for an alternative to the usual Apple Pie, I hope you give these Apple Pie Bars a try and let me know. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Apple Pie Bars
- 8 inch square pan
- 3/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 pinch salt*
*If you use unsalted butter then increase the salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
APPLE PIE FILLING
- 2-3 medium apples (chopped small)
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup cold butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts)
- Pre-heat oven to 325F (160C), lightly grease and flour an 8 inch (20 cm) square cake pan.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream the butter on medium speed, then add the sugar and beat together. Add the whisked flour and combine well. Spread evenly on the prepared pan and bake for 5 mintues.
- Raise the heat to 350F (180C).
APPLE PIE FILLING
- While the base is baking, mix together the chopped apples, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spoon evenly on the shortbread base.
- In a medium bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon, cut in the cold butter until you have coarse crumbs, then gently stir in the nuts. Sprinkle evenly over the apple pie filling. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the apples are tender. If the top starts to brown too much, then cover with foil and continue to bake. Enjoy!