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Apple Pie Bars

These apple pie bars with crumb topping are easier than making an apple pie, and are the perfect make ahead, crowd pleasing fall dessert!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy desserts for a crowd, fall baking recipes, make ahead desserts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 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 8x8 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 8x8 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 9x13 pan, buy 2 pie crusts!


Nutrition Facts
Apple Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 78mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.