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Apple Pie Bars

Because we have all heard the phrase, “It’s as American as apple pie” we tend to believe that apple pie is an American invention. But apple pie, in some form, has been around since 300 BC. The apple pie that we know probably came into fashion in England around 1400. Meat pies were a staple food by then and the idea of making them sweet and including fruit was beginning to catch on. It was the Dutch who, around this same time, started making the pies with the modern lattice patterned crusts we all recognize today.

The introduction of apple pie into America started in 1697, appearing in an Allen Metcalf book. It was a hit and quickly became identified with American cooking.

RECIPE:  Apple Pie Bars

  • Prep Time:  20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40  Minutes
  • Yield:  12 bars
  • Difficulty Level:  Beginner/Intermediate

Apples, nuts and cinnamon make these bars delicious. Easy to make, these apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch—perfect for fall potlucks and parties.


Shortbread Crust:

3/4 cup softened butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 tablespoon salt

Apple Filling:

3 cups finely chopped apple (2-3 medium apples)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

Streusel Topping:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup cold butter, cubed

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1/4 quick oats


1) Pre-heat oven to 325* lightly grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan, set aside.

2) Shortbread crust:

3) In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together the flour and salt.

4) In larger mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, cream sugar and butter until well combined.

5) Add flour mixture and stir until makes a stiff dough.

6) Spread in prepared 8″ pan, bake crust for 5 or 6 minutes.

7) Prepare apple filling:

8) In medium bowl mix apples, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.

9) Remove pan from oven, turn up oven temperature to 350*

10) Spread apple filling over crust, set aside.

11) Streusel Topping:

12) In a medium bowl mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon, using a pastry cutter, two knives or even your fingers cut in the cold butter until you have coarse crumbs the size of a small pea.

13) Fold in chopped walnuts. Sprinkle evenly over top of apples, return pan to oven for 35 minutes or until lightly brown and bubbly.

Tip: If the top starts to brown too much, then cover with foil and continue to bake until apples are tender.

Optional: Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Acknowledgement:  Home Baking Association
Cottage Core Home would like to thank and acknowledge The Home Baking Association (HBA) for being a valuable resource who supports home baking