Easy Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie Bars

Gourmet Mami
by Gourmet Mami
20 squares
35 min

These EASY Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie Bars are the easiest fall dessert full of all your favorite autumn spices. They are everything you love about apple pie, but simplified…and they might even be better...in my opinion! Apple bits, candied ginger, pecans and a cinnamon crumble topping all in one bite! The best part is that these are made in one bowl and don’t require many ingredients. If you have gone apple picking, I’m sure you are wondering what to make with all those apples! This recipe is it! Looking for some more apple recipes? Check out some of my favorites!

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Recipe details
  • 20  squares
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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For the Bars:
  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks, melted)
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger (optional)
For the Cinnamon Crumble Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp salted butter, slightly melted

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-by-10-inch baking pan with parchment paper so the edges of parchment paper stick up (this way you can lift the bars out to cut when they are done); set aside.
In a medium sized bowl make the crumb topping by mixing together the flour, cinnamon, sugars and melted butter in a bowl. Combine the mixture with a spoon until it has formed crumbs. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
Pour the melted butter into the brown sugar mixture and whisk until smooth (make sure the melted butter isn’t very hot, or it may cook the eggs)
Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
Fold in the diced apples, pecans and candied ginger.
Spread the batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Then sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top.
Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until bars have firmed up in the center and edges are set. The center will still be gooey, but not raw.
Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes, then transfer to the fridge for another 20 minutes before cutting.
Cut the cooled bars into squares and serve.
Gourmet Mami
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  • J J on Sep 21, 2022

    This would be good with pears.

  • Dory Stewart Dory Stewart on Oct 19, 2022

    Just double checking the amount of vanilla; you listed it as 2 Tablespoons. That equals 6 teaspoons of vanilla. Is that correct? That's a lot of vanilla.