Welcome fall with this recipe for Apple Crumble Bars! With an oatmeal and walnut shortbread crust and heavenly spiced apple filling, this apple bars recipe will be perfect for an after-school snack or as the finish for a lovely fall dinner.
Raise your hand if the thought of the soul-warming taste of an apple pie without the hassle of making a pie crust would make your day! ✋✋✋✋✋
Then, my friends, consider your day made!
You could just as easily call this an apple pie bars recipe with the delightfully spiced apples or an apple oatmeal bars recipe given the oatmeal and walnut shortbread crust, but I'm opting for Apple Crumble Bars given the crumbly topping sprinkled over the apple filling. But whatever title we give it, you'll soon be calling it your favorite fall apple dessert recipe!
And if the allure of an easy apple dessert bar isn't quite enough, consider that this recipe is a great way to use up those slightly past-prime apples (you know, the ones with kinda wrinkly skin and maybe a tad mealier than you would like!).
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Absolutely! You can make parts of it ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute. Make and freeze the apple pie filling and the shortbread crust months in advance, putting the apple crumble bars together just before dinner and thrilling everyone with a delightful and aromatic dessert.
You can make the crust and the apples in advance and then assemble the bars just before the final baking. You can use a 9" by 12" baking dish or 2 smaller 9" by 9" baking dishes. If using the 2 smaller pans, know that your crust will be slightly thinner, but we thought it was just fine. Baking times were the same. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
For the Crust:
For the Apple Filling:
To Make Bars:
You can make the crust and the apples in advance and then assemble the bars just before the final baking.
You can use a 9" by 12" baking dish or 2 smaller 9" by 9" baking dishes. If using the 2 smaller pans, know that your crust will be slightly thinner, but we thought it was just fine. Baking times were the same.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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