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Monday, August 26, 2019

Apple Crisp Bars


Apple Crisp Bars bring together the delicious shortbread crust, juicy and flavorful apple filling, and topped with the crisp cinnamony topping all together in one yummy dessert. Or snack. Or breakfast.

Apple Crisp Bars

Fall is in the air and apple season is here! It is my favorite time of the year; harvest, baking, the sweater weather, the fall colors, of course pumpkins! Just everything. Every year, we make a trip, or a few, to an apple orchard to pick som fresh apples. I love to come home and make tasty treats from them. Plus I have a favorite kitchen gadget I love using to prepare the apples!

Apple crisp is a classic fall recipe that I love to enjoy using our fresh apples. Why not combine the apple crisp with a bar type dessert: Apple Crisp Bars.

Apple Crisp Bars

When baking with apples, it all starts with choosing the right type of apple. Apples are divided into categories of how to use; cooking, baking, or eating. Before heading to the orchard check out my post What Apples Are Best for What Recipes. I like to bake with a tart, but yet sweet apple. The orchard we went to had a new, early variety ready, Zestar, that I choose. It was delicious and crisp.

Apple Crisp Bars Pin


Apple Crisp Bars

Ingredients for Apple Crisp Bars:

Shortbread Crust: 
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour

Apple filling: 

4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (approx.  4 to 5 apples) 
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar

Crisp topping: 

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, cold, cut into slices

Directions for Apple Crisp Bars: 

1. In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar and beat together until fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix together well. Then add the flour and mix together until well combined and is crumbly. 

2. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of an 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper, leaving some hanging out over the sides for later. 

3. Bake the prepared crust at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes, remove from oven and set aside. 

4. Meanwhile, continue to maintain temperature. 

5. In a medium bowl, mix the prepared apples with the flour and sugar. Mix together well until all apples are coated with the flour/sugar. 

6. Evenly place prepared apples in the pan on top of the baked crust. 

7. In a medium bowl mix together the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Then using a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. 

8. Spread crumbling topping in an even layer over top of the apple mixture filling. 

9. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes uncovered, or until topping is golden. 

10. Let cool completely. Then lift the apple crisp, using the extra parchment paper on the sides, and cut into square bars. Makes 12 bars. 


OTHER APPLE RECIPE FAVORITES

Apple Cream Pie

Homemade Applesauce

Apple Turnovers

Apple Crisp Bars Pinterest


This post is sponsored by the Glass Barn, Indiana Soybean and Corn Farmers but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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