Easy Apple Pie Bars With Shortbread Crust

Amy Manes
by Amy Manes
12 bars
1 hr 10 min

If you need a simple and stress-free holiday dessert recipe, give these easy apple pie bars a try! You can whip them up in no time. And the best part? No crust! Homemade crust is delicious but can be difficult to get right. But with this apple pie bar recipe, you’ll be using a few simple ingredients for a buttery and delicious shortbread crust! It tastes very similar to a buttery sugar cookie. Use a mix of tart and sweet apples in this recipe for the perfect balance of flavors! Top with crumbly cinnamon streusel and you have yourself the perfect pie bar!

Easy Apple Pie Bars With Shortbread Crust
Recipe details
  • 12  bars
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 10 min
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For the Shortbread Crust
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
For the Apple Pie Filling
  • 2 large apples (peeled and sliced thinly)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
Cinnamon Crumble Topping
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (cold and cubed)

Preheat oven to 300° F. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving enough overhanging on the sides to lift the bars out once they are cooled. Set aside.
For the Shortbread Crust
Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is evenly combined. Press the mixture firmly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
For the Apple Pie Filling
While the crust is baking, combine the sliced apples, flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Toss until the apples are well coated. Set aside.
For the Cinnamon Crumble Topping
Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour together. Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside
To Assemble the Apple Pie Bars
Remove the crust from the oven and increase the temperature to 350°F. Evenly layer the apple slices on top of the crust. Sprinkle with the cinnamon crumble topping and bake for 30 -35 minutes until the crumble topping is browned.
Remove the bars from the oven and cool for 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cutting and serving. You can cut these into 12 or 16 pieces. Enjoy!
  • This recipe was tested at high altitude (5,800 feet in elevation) and works perfectly as is!
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  • Kovacsnewberry Kovacsnewberry on Dec 06, 2020

    This sounds delicious. I saved the recipe so I can bake it later. Thank you very much for sharing, Amy.


  • Diane Diane on Nov 23, 2023

    I’m making these. They look yummy I wish I had one right now with my morning coffee