Apple Crisp Bars are a great alternative to traditional apple pie. These sweet fall treats are perfect for serving a crowd at a potluck or a holiday dinner.
Apple Crisp Bars
We’re quickly working our way through the summer season and Fall is going to be hitting us before we know it. It’s time for us to start thinking about all the lovely autumn dishes the season is going to have in store for us. Especially all the tasty, apple desserts!
Apples have always been a favorite- especially when the leaves start taking on those beautiful fall colors. I’ve used them in plenty of desserts before. I’ll never turn down a simple Traditional Apple Crisp and I’m always eager to whip up a batch of our Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars!
With that bar idea in mind, I’ve put together another recipe for all you that puts that apple crisp into a more convenient, “fun-sized” snack! I put together a simple shortbread crust, a spiced apple filling, and a crispy-and-crumbly topping and got these Apple Crisp Bars!
These little apple pie bars are perfect for those chilly fall afternoons that are right around the corner. Their small size will also make them perfect for packing for school or work lunches! All-in-all, I know you folks will enjoy these sweet fall treats!
Ingredients for Our Bars
Apples – We used Granny Smiths but there’s a large range of apples and combinations you could use. Try some Golden Deliciouses, Honeycrisps, or some Pink Ladies.
White & Light Brown Sugar
How to Make Our Apple Bars
With your dough prepared, press it into the bottom a foil-lined baking pan- in our case, we used a 9×13. Remember to put something like parchment paper or foil along the sides of your pan so you can lift it out later. Allow that to bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 or until lightly browned along the edges.
With our crust taken care of, we can start focusing on the apple filling. To get started on that, first prep your apples by peeling and coring them.
Once prepped, take your apples and get to slicing them. You’ll want to get the slices pretty thin.
Once your apples are all sliced, you can start preparing the filling. Do this by taking your slices and coating them with sugar, flour, cinnamon. Make sure all your apples are thoroughly coated.
Now that all our apples are ready, start filling up your baking pan with slices by laying them in flat, even layers.
All that’s left to prep is our crumbly crisp topping. Mix up all your dry ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Now we introduce the butter. Add it in small pieces and mix it with the dry ingredients using something like a pastry dough blender. Mix until well-combined and crumbly.
Only thing left to do is get this thing baked! Pop it into a 350 degree for about 45-50 minutes. You’re looking for light browning on the crisp topping. Once that’s baked, allow it to cool before lifting from the pan, slicing into bars, and serving. Enjoy!
Apple Crisp Bars
- 2 sticks Butter softened
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 cup Flour
- 5-6 Apples
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Flour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 1/4 cup Flour
- 6 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- Line a 9x13" baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cream together butter and brown sugar until creamy.
- Blend in your flour.
- Press it into prepared baking pan.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned along the edges.
- Peel and core the apples.
- Thinly slice the apples and place in large bowl.
- Add sugar, flour and cinnamon. Toss to coat.
- Cover crust in baking pan in flat even layers of slices.
- Mix up all the dry crust ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Add butter in small pieces and mix it with the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or fork.
- Mix until well-combined and crumbly.
- Sprinkle evenly over apple layer and bake for 45-50 minutes (until top is lightly browned).
- Allow to cool before removing from the pan and slicing.
It appears there is too much flour in the topping or not enough butter
I made these for a family function, they were a big hit. Everyone loved them. I did cut down the bake time on the base crust a little , I did 15 mins , I also added cranberries to the apples ( cut in half) it was about 3/4 of a cup of cranberries. So good , I will be making these again for sure. Thanks!!
25 minutes seems like a long time to bake the crust. Is that correct?
These are amazing! We all loved them. I used some apples I froze from the orchard last year and this was perfect. I will be making this again. It’s like the best of apple pie, crisp and cookies all in one. So yummy and easy to make.
These Look so delicious. Can they be frozen after baked? I wouldn’t love to try this recipe.