Streusel Apple Pie Bars
I have always loved apples. Even as a little girl I loved them. Especially when I could dip them in caramel. Such a delicious memory! Now I love experimenting with apples, especially apple desserts like these Streusel Apple Pie Bars!
A Good Bar
I also love bar cookies. It doesn’t even matter what type of bar cookie it is, I probably love it. The magical bottom crust layer and then all of the goodies piled on top. What’s not to love!? That’s why I had to combine my love of apples with my love of bar cookies. It was time for an experiment!
Streusel Apple Pie Bars
I thought long and hard, sort of, about how I wanted to make this bar. The biggest decision was do I use raw apples or cook them first. While I think either would’ve been a good option, I chose to cook them first. The idea being that cooking would soften them and make them melt in your mouth a bit more. And I’m glad that I did.
Now You Make Them
These bars will take a little bit of time to make, but I promise the results are 100% worth it. Make it on the weekend and enjoy the smells that come from your oven while you’re baking it! Grab the recipe below and tell me how you like them!
More crust and more crumble! That’s what these Streusel Apple Pie Bars are all about!
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup packed + 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon diced cold butter, divided
- 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced (about 3 cups sliced apples)
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350’F and line an 8×8-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper.
- Place the oats in the bowl of a food processor and process until it looks like coarse flour, about 10-15 seconds. Add the flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, salt and baking powder and pulse to combine. Add the 6 tablespoons of butter and process until mixture resembles wet sand, about 20-25 seconds. Remove 3/4 cup of the mixture and set aside. Press the remaining mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
- While crust is baking, prepare the filling. Heat a large, heavy skillet such as cast iron over medium heat. Add butter and apples. Cook for 10 minutes or until just a bit softened and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Spoon mixture evenly over the baked crust. Using your fingers, gather reserved crumble mixture into clumps and scatter on top of the apples.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes or until top is golden. Cool completely before slicing.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dessert