Apple Pie Streusel Bars takes the hassle out of traditional apple pie while making portion control easy enough to complement a filling meal. These yummy fresh apple cookie bars are the perfect solution to feed a large family. Based on a shortbread crust and topped with streusel, they are the perfect size to end the meal and bring comforting thoughts of fall year-round.
The Author Says: “Apple pie is a staple at our Thanksgiving table. While I don’t mind getting my hands dirty and whipping up an apple pie from scratch, I find baking all the same flavors in bar form to be much easier. And quicker too! A plethora of cinnamon-spiced apples and a crumbly brown sugar streusel will have you yearning for those crisp fall days and cozy sweaters any time of the year.” –Sally McKenney
Apple Pie Streusel Bars Recipe
1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup (70g) dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (60g) butter, cold and cubed
Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line an 8- x 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.
Make the crust: Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes while you prepare the filling and streusel.
Make the apple filling: Combine the sliced apples, flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl until all of the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.
Make the streusel: Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the oven up to 350 F. Evenly layer the apples on top of the warm crust. It will look like there are too many apple slices, so layer them tightly and press them down to fit. Sprinkle the apple layer with streusel and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. These can be enjoyed warm or cold. The bars will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days.
Yield: 12 bars
Recipe Source: “Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes, and Desserts for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix”by Sally McKenney (Race Point Publishing)
Reprinted with express permission.