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5 from 2 votes

Apple Pie Bars

These easy to make Apple Pie Bars have a buttery shortbread base, a delicious Apple Pie filling then topped with a buttery crumb topping.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crumb bars, apple pie bars, apple squares
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Equipment

Ingredients

SHORTBREAD BASE

  • 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

    CRUMB TOPPING

    • 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)

    Instructions

    • Pre-heat oven to 325F (160C), lightly grease and flour an 8 inch (20 cm) square cake pan.

    SHORTBREAD BASE

    • 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.

    CRUMB TOPPING

    • 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!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg