Quick and Easy Apple Pie Bars Recipe

4.61 from 69 votes

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When you want the taste of apple pie, but need some flexibility, this apple pie bars recipe will save the day!

Fall desserts makes me super happy. And hungry. And nothing says fall like spiced apple!

Using canned apple pie filling over a shortbread crust, this warm dessert will hit the spot. Especially when you finish with a delicious buttery streusel crumb topping.

Apple Pie Bars on striped plate
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Y’all know busy moms don’t always have time to do things ALL the way from scratch. There’s no shame in a delicious shortcut! That said, I did add a variation below that uses fresh apples.

Be sure to check out this 5-ingredient apple cider cake or Amish apple fritter bread for more apple-y goodness.

Ingredients for Apple Pie Bars

To make this tasty treat, make sure you have the following or grab them next time you get groceries. And if you want to try another great shortcut, you’ll love these mini pumpkin pies!

  • Butter (room temperature)
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Apple Pie Filling (21 ounce can)
  • Brown Sugar

You will also need the following baking supplies:

  • Parchment paper or cooking oil spray
  • 9×9 Baking dish
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Countertop mixer (a hand mixer will work too)
  • Rubber Spatula

Once you have everything you need, the rest is details! Homemade apple pie bars are a great recipe to make with kids and beginning bakers.

Or if they are old enough and want to try it on their own, that works too! Just be sure to supervise.

30-minute recipes are a great way to get started in the kitchen and this one is pretty darn close!

Apple Pie Bars Squares on plate

How to Make it

Before you start, be sure to preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper or cooking oil spray. Our recipe uses a metal pan.

If you are baking in a glass pan, heat oven temperature to 325°F and monitor for doneness toward the end of the baking time as it may cook faster.

TIP: if using parchment paper, be sure the edges of the paper are long enough to hang over the edges of the pan a little bit.

Ok let’s do this!

Steps Collage Apple Pie Bars

Because this is a one pan layered dessert, we will start by preparing the bottom layer.

Using your stand or hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl on low speed. Then, add the eggs and vanilla and beat again until well combined.

In the same mixing bowl, add the flour and salt and mix until combined.

press bars mixture into parchment paper lined pan

Scrape the dough out of the bowl with your rubber spatula into the prepared pan.

Then, using your fingertips, press into the bottom of the pan in an even layer, which creates the bottom crust.

Apple Pie filling in pan

Spread the pie filling over the top of the crust or if you made your own apple mixture, add it now.

Apple Pie streusel topping mix

In a small bowl, make the streusel topping by whisking together the brown sugar and flour.

Chop the butter into small pieces and using a pastry blender or fork cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse sand.

Apple Pie topping with butter

You could also use a food processor for this, but I don’t mind a little old fashioned mixing.

Sprinkle these coarse crumbs over the pie filling as evenly as you can.

Bake for about 35 minutes or until done.

apple pie bars ready to bake

You’ll know your apple pie bars are finished baking when the filling is bubbling and the streusel topping is golden brown.

Once the bars are done, remove from the oven. Gently remove from the pan by pulling the edges of the parchment paper up and and onto a wire rack for cooling.

Cut into bars before serving.

Apple Pie Bars sliced and cooling on wood cutting board

Apple Pie Filling Variations

This recipe uses canned apple filling to make life a little easier.

That said, if you like fresh sliced apples and already have some on hand, feel free to prepare the apple layer from scratch.

To use fresh apples, take 3 tart apples and thinly slice them. Then toss apples with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp apple pie spice and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Apple Pie Spice Featured

If you have some lemon juice, feel free to squeeze a little over the apple slices if you want to keep them from browning.

Set aside and add after preparing the shortbread cookie dough.

I’m on team give me the apple bars in any form. Try this or your own recipe and let me know what you think.

What to serve with Apple Pie Bars

Much like with traditional pies, I can’t think of anything better than vanilla ice cream to go with the bar version.

Delicious apple pie bars can also be served with whipped cream or if you really want to take it back, try adding a slice of cheddar cheese on top!

A glass of milk also does the trick if you prefer the bars a la carte.

Any way you slice it (see what I did there?) this delicious fall dessert will be a hit during the holiday seasons and beyond.

Apple Pie Bars on a plate with a glass of milk

Print the Recipe

I hope you enjoy this tasty treat!

If you make these apple pie or want to try our lime shortbread bars, please let me know what you think by leaving a star rating or comment in the recipe. Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Apple Pie Bars Recipe

4.61 from 69 votes
Get the flavor of apple pie without the hours of work and waiting. These apple pie bars are buttery, sweetened with brown sugar and perfect for fall.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Yield: 9

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can apple pie filling, 21 ounces
  • For the streusel topping:
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F for a metal pan or 325°F for glass.
  • Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper, making sure the edges of the paper hang over the edges of the pan.
  • For the shortbread layer, beat together 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl. Add both eggs and 1 tsp vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 tsp salt and mix until combined.
  • Scrape dough into the pan and press with your fingertips in an even layer.
  • Spread the pie filling over the top of the crust. (see variations for homemade apple layer)
  • Make the streusel topping by whisking together the brown sugar and remaining flour.
  • Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the pie filling.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until done. If using a glass pan, check for doneness after about 25 minutes.
  • The pie bars are finished baking when the filling is bubbling and the streusel topping is golden brown.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely, then remove them from the pan by pulling the edges of the parchment paper up.
  • Cut into bars before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If using fresh apples, see variations in post for ideas. Nutrition info below is calculated based on canned apples.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 247mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made a couple of changes. I read some reviews saying they weren’t happy with the bottom crust flavor so in the mix I used 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup waffle mix powder. I used 2 cans of 15oz apples pie filling. Baked for 40 minutes. Absolutely delicious. Put a cookie sheet under pan for a little boil over. I topped with a spoonful of Greek yogurt. The waffle mix adds great flavor to the crust.

  2. 3 stars
    These were okay. I wouldn’t describe the bottom crust as a ‘short bread’ base at all. More like a cross between a cookie and a cake. Not a lot of flavor in the crust even with the addition of some cinnamon. I only had an 8″ pan so I baked it longer, about 45-50 minutes. I probably wouldn’t make these again as I don’t feel there was much of a wow factor in them.

  3. 1 star
    The recipe is not correct at all. I wasted the ingredients and was even afraid my oven wasn’t working properly when the topping didn’t start to bubble for almost an hour. By then the crust was ruined. Lesson learned: ALWAYS READ REVIEWS FIRST. Just wondering why the recipe hasn’t been corrected or removed?

  4. 5 stars
    So I made these tonight, and was confused by the shortbread layer, because it was similar to cookie dough but duh lol. So I continued following the recipe as directed only increasing recipe by 50% so I could use a 9×13 . These are DELICIOUS! I was very skeptical, but these are so good. Not too sweet, apple flavor dominates in a good way, I’m glad I tried this. Saving recipe to home screen! Thank you!

  5. 3 stars
    I think the recipe could have used more descriptive info. Had it said the crust mixture will be a sticky batter, I probably wouldn’t have searched other recipes to see what I was doing wrong.
    The crust was way too sticky to press into the bottom of the pan. I ended up looking at other recipes and adding more flour and some cinnamon.
    I chilled the crust for 10 minutes, spread the apple pie filling on the crust and put the streusel on top. I used a 9 x 9 glass pan. I baked it for 35-40 minutes.
    We haven’t tried it yet, but it smells good and looks ok.

  6. This recipe didn’t say bake the crust first ,I had to take all the topping off and rebake the base ,then put the topping on and rebake

    1. Hi Tonya! Thanks for your note. You will use 1.5cup flour in the cookie layer and then another 1/4 cup in the topping. Does that answer your question? Enjoy!