These easy apple pie bars have a shortbread crust, rich apple layer, and a cinnamon pecan streusel topping. Drizzle with caramel for a classic treat!
All the classic flavors of a Dutch caramel apple pie, in an easy bar dessert! These apple pie bars might just be your new favorite dessert this Fall!
Guess what today is? You guys, today is the first day of Fall!! So it’s official… we can start getting those pumpkin spice lattes, cheering on our favorite football teams, counting down the weeks until The Walking Dead comes back on, and of course, eating a bunch of apples! I’ve pretty much been doing all those things already, but now… now my friends, I feel like it’s socially acceptable for me to lol.
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I LOVE apple pie, but sometimes, I just realllllly don’t want to mess with making a pie crust (mainly rolling out the dough!). That’s when I had the idea for these apple pie bars. All the great classic flavors of a Dutch apple pie, but none of the hassle! I use the shortbread crust from my Vanilla Chai Cheesecake Bars (seriously, make those!!), and it gives these bars a nice buttery chewiness.
You can eat these apple pie bars “au naturale” as shown above… and they’re delicious that way… but why not, go for some extra indulgence and drizzle some Browned Butter Salted Caramel Sauce!!
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Orrrrr, you can be REALLY bad and add a scoop of ultra creamy No-Churn Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream. Go on… you know you want to!
If that doesn’t get you in the mood for Fall, I don’t know what will!
These apple pie bars are a cinch to bake, there’s just 3 separate things to make, then you combine them and bake.
Here’s the breakdown
- Mix up shortbread dough and press into a parchment paper lined baking pan
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- While crust is baking, peel and slice apples.
- Toss sliced apples with butter, sugar, cinnamon and flour. Set aside.
- Make streusel topping (I find the food processor makes it really easy!)
- Top baked crust with sliced apples, drizzle with caramel if desired, then sprinkle with streusel.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
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Indulge a little this season, and do your mouth a favor… make these apple pie bars soon!
Some Helpful Tools For This Recipe:
8″x 8″ baking pan – This pan is sturdy and I use it for SO many desserts!
Cuisinart Food Processor – Forget cutting in butter by hand, try it in the food processor!