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A perfect dessert, these Apple Crumb Bars have sweet caramelized apples layered on top of a cookie crust and then sprinkled with a buttery streusel.

Apple Crumb BarsUpdated September 2014

Originally posted May 5, 2009 – As much as I love pumpkin season, right now I am taking advantage of the fresh crops of fall apples – one of my other favorite fall flavors! These Apple Crumb Bars are the perfect treat to share with friends or family. Sweet and full of apple flavor, you won’t be able to keep your hands out of them. I know this, because I had to give them away because I couldn’t stay away from them!!

There is one thing that I can’t resist – a good crumb topping. And pairing a crumb topping with apples is like a match made in heaven for me. In fact, I’ve blogged about my favorite apple pie that has a crumb topping. I love Thanksgiving just so I can make that pie!!

Apple Crumb Bars Recipe

But what can you do when you don’t want to go to the trouble of making a pie? How about cookie bars that have all the same flavors?? I knew I had to make these bars when I saw the recipe. And you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving! I actually made these when I was 10 days away from giving birth, so you know that they can’t be too complicated.

I’m sensing an apple craving coming on now…

You can also check out my review of this book on the Daring Bakers site!

Recipe for Apple Crumb Bars

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Apple Crumb Bars
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A perfect dessert, these Apple Crumb bars have sweet caramelized apples layered on top of a cookie crust and then sprinkled with a buttery streusel.
Serves: 24 servings
  • 3 large tart apples (I used Granny Smith)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
Make the filling:
  1. Peel and core the apples and cut into a ½-inch dice. Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the apples and cook until they are soft, about 8 minutes. Add the sugar, lemon juice, flour and cinnamon to the apples and stir to combine. Cook until the mixture starts to bubble, then turn the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Remove to a bowl to cool while you prepare the crust.
Make the crust:
  1. Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan and up the sides ¼-inch. Set the pan aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Make the streusel:
  1. In a stand mixer, mix together the sugar, flour and salt. Add the butter and continue to mix until mixture is crumbly and the pieces of butter are very small. Add in the walnuts and mix just until combined.
  2. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the crust, leaving a ¾-inch border around the sides. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before removing from the pan by the foil and cutting into bars.

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25 Responses to Apple Crumb Bars

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I love bars… These look really good!



  2. kristina says:

    I have a terrible weakness for apple and crumble as well, and these look amazing! Looks and sounds like a very useful book.

    K x

  3. Michelle says:

    those look so good!

  4. Mary says:

    Amazing! I’ll have to try these next time my grandsons are visiting. They look fabulous.

  5. kat says:

    Those look so tasty

  6. Grace says:

    i love crumb toppings too, and i often just make and eat them without sprinkling them over anything. is that bad?
    lovely bars. anything apple-pie-like is a winner in my book. 🙂

  7. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    What is it about crumb toppings that are so irresistible? These sound wonderful, Deborah!

  8. Abby says:

    I’m also a sucker for a good crumb topping – I love picking bits off the top when it’s right out of the oven!

  9. Patsyk says:

    My husband would LOVE these bars!

  10. Psychgrad says:

    Oh yum – these look very much like the blueberry crumb bars that were so popular last summer. I can imagine these would be just as good.

  11. Maria says:

    These have been on my list for a good while. Glad you posted them. I now know I have to try them!

  12. Claire says:

    These are beautiful! And I LOVE a good crumb topping. 🙂

  13. Maria♥ says:

    Deb, Apple Crumb Bars sound and look amazing! I’ve definitely got to make this.


  14. glamah16 says:

    Oh your so lucky you got to review this book.

  15. The Honey Nut says:

    I love apples!! Can't wait to try this out:)

  16. These got the hands down favorite vote when my husband and Smudge fought over the last one. They are SO good!

  17. yum – these look perfect for fall – love!!

  18. Letty says:

    These are so delicious! I think I ate 3 of them in one hour. And almost snuck the one I brought home to my hubby. So happy to have met you….

  19. Chels R. says:

    Drool! I love apples this time of year and granny smith are my favorite-aside from the honey crisp. I love the chunks of apple that you can see in the bars.

  20. Definitely ditto on the droroling…and I love how you can see every distinct layer in these bars!

  21. JanetFCTC says:

    These look amazing! I have a bunch of apples I’m needing to use up. I think I know now what I’ll be making!

  22. Karen Swingle says:

    These are very good. I have made them twice. Doubled the batch each time!!!!

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