Apple Pie Bars

16 Pieces
1 hr

Love is in every bite of baked apple pie bars!

If you want to make a perfect portable dessert for any occasion, you have got to make easy apple pie bars. The apple bars give a fun twist to the traditional apple pie, making it a lot tastier and better.

The ultra buttery shortbread dough keeps the baked apple hand pies soft yet crusty. With that, you get a sweet, spiced apple filling that is comforting and irresistible.

If you like delicious apple pies, you are going to fall in love with our -healthy apple pie bar recipe. Not only are they super delicious, but they also get prepared in an hour. So, no more spending all your day in the kitchen preparing tasty desserts for your family during the holiday season.

What’s better than these apple bars with a pie crust is that you can prepare them anytime. Get the ingredients and start the preparation. Just like that, you make the best apple pie bars in an hour.

But let me warn you, once you like the flavors of these homemade apple bars, you will want to prepare them again. There is something about the buttery and tangy bars that you can never get enough of.

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If I had to choose one dessert to eat for the rest of my life, I would pick apple pie. But let me admit one thing- as much as the flavors of apple pie, I hate how lengthy the preparation is. My whole day goes by just like that when I make apple pie.

I decided to find an alternative. A shortcut that lets me enjoy apple pie’s buttery flavors without time-consuming preparation. That’s when I came across tasty apple pie bake bars, and ever since, there has been no looking back.

I’m so obsessed with the apple pie bars that I have made them countless times. Even my family and friends enjoy the bars as much as I do. Plus, I can take the apple pie bars anywhere in a small container without ruining their textures or flavors.

Easy bake apple pie bars tick all the boxes. That’s why I have decided to share this recipe so you can enjoy the delicious flavors of apple pie without much hassle.

Steps to Prepare Delicious Apple Bar Dessert

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Step One

To prepare apple pie crumble bars, you must make a buttery dough. So, mix butter, flour, and sugar in a bowl. Then, you can mix cold water, if needed.

Once your buttery dough is formed, take 2/3 of it and place it on a baking tray. Carefully top down the dough, so it gets even.

Step Two

In this step, you will learn how to make the tangy apple filling. First, add peeled and sliced apple pieces to the bowl. Next, put granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, cornstarch, and ground nutmeg.

Put a layer of spicy and tangy apple filling in the baking pan on top of the flat dough. Then take the remaining 1/3 of the dough and crumble it with chopped walnuts. Add it to the top of your apple pie dish bar.

Put the baking pan inside an already heated oven. Let it bake for 40 minutes. Then take out the dish, let it cool, and serve.

Key Notes:

Apple Pie Bars
  • If you want to cut down on gluten, you can make gluten-free apple bars using gluten-free bars. You can also add vanilla extract, sea salt, and baking powder to make your gluten-free apple pie bars more delicious.
  • Take your delicious apple pie bars to a new level by drizzling a generous amount of caramel topping.

What apples should I use for simple apple pie bars?

Usually, the same variety of apples that you use for apple pie will also work for your apple pie bars. However, the apple mustn’t lose shape when baking the dish.

The most preferred apples are Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. These apples not only stay in shape but also offer a perfect blend of tart and sweet flavors. Besides this, you can also use Pink Lady, Braeburn, and Gala.

Can I store baked apple pie bars?

Yes, you can refrigerate and store baked apple pie bars just like you would store traditional apple pie. You can keep the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. This method keeps the bars fresh for up to 3 days.

Or you can freeze the apple pie bars for three months. Don’t drizzle caramel topping if you decide to freeze them. Instead, take the refrigerated apple pie bars and thaw them overnight. Add caramel topping.


Recipe details
  • 16  Pieces
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, diced
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons ice cold water, if needed
For the filling
  • 6 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Place the flour, sugar, and butter in a bowl to make the dough.
Stir in some water if needed to form a dough.
Place ⅔ of the dough on a baking tray and top down to make it even.
In another bowl, mix the peeled and sliced apples, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, ground nutmeg, and cornstarch and mix until combined.
Top the filling on the prepared dough in the baking pan.
With the remaining ⅓ of the dough, crumble it together with chopped walnuts and top on top of the filling.
Bake in an already heated oven at 350 F for about 40 minutes.
Let it cool completely before serving.
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