These apple pie bars with crumb topping are easier than making an apple pie, and are the perfect make ahead, crowd pleasing fall dessert!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes
Yield:16 bars 1x
1 store bought or homemade pie crust, defrosted (buy 2 if you want a thicker crust)
6 gala apples peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch
¼ cup flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch kosher salt
For the crumb topping:
1 cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ –½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup (1 stick) butter or butter substitute I like earth balance, cold, diced small
Preheat the oven to 375° F.
Defrost the pie dough for 15 minutes on your counter. When it is malleable, press it down into an even layer on the bottom of a 9x 13″ 0r 8×8 square pan and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes and reduce the oven temperature to 350° F.
Meanwhile, combine the apples, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl and mix until the apples are evenly coated. Pour the apple mixture on top of the pie crust, and set aside to make the crumb topping.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, both sugars, cinnamon and butter. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, pinch the butter into the mixture until it kind of looks like wet sand, Larger chunks of butter are ok to
Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of the apples and bake for 30 mins until the top is golden brown.
Cool the mixture on the counter for about 30 minutes then place in the fridge for two hours or overnight. Cut them into bars when cold, then reheat or serve at room temp! Store in fridge for maximum freshness.
If you make it in an 8×8 the apple layer will be taller! Adjust baking time for 5 minutes longer.
Top with ice cream or caramel drizzle, or both!
If you want a thicker pie crust for a 9×13 pan, buy 2 pie crusts!
Keywords: easy desserts for a crowd, fall baking recipes, make ahead desserts