It seems that every once in awhile there is a “food trend” that really sweeps the food world and just so happens, this time, it is one I am interested in – apple pie bars! I developed a recipe awhile back for pecan pie bars and they were a hit, so I figured, why not dabble in the apple pie bar world? I love my apple pies with streusel on the top, so naturally my apple pie bars have a lot of streusel! These are best made the night before serving because they need to be chilled in the refrigerator for several hours. Use whatever apple variety you wish but, for these, I did Macintosh. They are flavorful, firm and crisp.
Apple Pie Bars
For the crust…
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white all-purpose flour
For the apple pie filling…
2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
2 tablespoons white all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
For the topping…
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup white all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 9×9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Make the crust. In a large bowl combine the melted unsalted butter, white granulated sugar, pure vanilla extract and salt. Combine well. Add in the white all-purpose flour and stir until a dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan and bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool slightly.
Make the filling by combining the prepared apples, white all-purpose flour, white granulated sugar, light brown sugar, ground cinnamon and salt. Sit aside for a few minutes while you prepare the topping.
To make the topping, combine the quick oats, light brown sugar, ground cinnamon and white all-purpose flour. Cut the cold butter into cubes and add to the mixture. Using clean hands, combine together until the mixture resembles rocky sand.
Place the apple pie mixture evenly into the prepared crust. Try to place the apples into a single layer. This will take a little time but can easily be accomplished.
Next, top evenly with the topping mixture. Drizzle over the melted butter.
Place in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Remove and allow to cool at room temperature. Once cool, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, lift bars out of the pan using the aluminum foil and cut.
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