Apple Pie Bars: Easy Apple Crumble Bars

These easy Apple Pie Bars or Apple Crumble Bars are a sweet treat perfect in apple season, or anytime you’re craving apple pie. But easier to make.

They’re buttery, warmly spiced, and fall-apart tender.

Stack of 3 Apple Pie Bars

A sweet childhood friend recently asked me for links to our crumb bar recipes. While chatting, it suddenly dawned on me that we’d never done an apple crumble bar.

Um… it didn’t take me long to begin experimenting and testing recipes. Oh, what a delicious task that was!

And soon, had one I loved. When my husband happily took a bite and declared it tasted like apple pie, I knew the recipe was ready for you!

Stacked Apple Pie Bars with fresh apples in the background

Which Apples are Best for Crumb Bars?

Always choose your favorite baking apple or variety you use when making an apple pie. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Golden Delicious
  • Honey Crisp
  • Granny Smith
  • Gala
  • Pink Lady
  • Jonagold
  • Braeburn
Raw ingredients for Apple Pie Bars on a Wood Board

Ingredients for Apple Pie Bars

While the ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, here’s all you need to make these delicious apple crumb bars:

For the Crumble

  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Large egg
  • Cold butter

For the Apple Pie Filling

  • 3 apples
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon

How to Make Apple Pie Bars

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a 9×13 pan with foil with an overhand on all sides. Lightly grease the pan with softened butter.

Step 1: Make the Crumble

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. Mix in the egg and cut in the butter. You can use a pastry blender, a food processor (although be careful not to over mix, you want crumbles), or even a stand mixer. Mix until pea-size clumps form. Press half of the crumble into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Unbaked Apple Pie Bars with shredded apples ontop

Step 2: Shred the Apples

Shred the apples and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Add them to a separate bowl with the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon; mix until all the apples are coated. Sprinkle the apple mixture over the bottom layer of crumble in the pan. Then crumble the remaining dough over the apples.

Unbaked Apple Pie Bars ready for the oven

Step 3: Bake

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is beginning to turn golden. Cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.

Apple Pie Bars Cut Into Squares

How Many Servings are in Apple Pie Bars

You can cut these bars into squares or rectangles, depending on how large you want the servings.

I like to cut them into 15 squares, which means three cuts lengthwise and five cuts widthwise.

More Crumble Recipes

Triple stack of Apple Pie Bars on parchment paper
Stack of 3 Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars: Easy Apple Crumble Bars

Yield: 15 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These easy Apple Pie Bars or Apple Crumble Bars are a sweet treat perfect in apple season, or anytime you're craving apple pie. But easier to make. They're buttery, warmly spiced, and fall-apart tender.

Ingredients

For the Crumble

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed

Apple Pie Filling

  • 3 apples, cored and grated (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a 9x13 pan with foil with an overhand on all sides. Lightly grease the pan with softened butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. Mix in the egg and cut in the butter. You can use a pastry blender, a food processor (although be careful not to over mix, you want crumbles), or even a stand mixer. Mix until pea-size clumps form. Press half of the crumble into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Shred the apples and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Add them to a separate bowl with the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon; mix until all the apples are coated. Sprinkle the apple mixture over the bottom layer of crumble in the pan. Crumble the remaining dough over the apples.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is beginning to turn golden. Cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

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2 thoughts on “Apple Pie Bars: Easy Apple Crumble Bars

  1. Carol

    How do I actully get the recipe?

    1. Hi Carol, the recipe is at the very bottom of the post just below a Apple Pie Bars photo in the shape of a circle.

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