Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crumble Bars | From:

I have the perfect fall dessert for you guys today…Apple Crumble Bars. Ahh, apples. My favorite fall fruit to bake with right after pumpkin! Nothing gets me ready for fall faster than a trip to our local apple orchard to pick our own apples. It’s a fall tradition that I’ve looked forward to ever since I was a little girl. So what do you do after you picked a bushel of apples? Make these incredible crumble bars of course! 🙂

Apple Crumble Bars | From:

These bars are super quick and simple to make, in fact the crust and crumb topping are the exact same thing! For the best flavor, use a combination of tart and sweet apples for these bars. Good choices for tart are Granny Smiths, Empires, or Cortlands; for sweet, try Golden Delicious, Jonagolds, or Braeburns.

Apple Crumble Bars | From:

And if you’re a pumpkin fan, make sure you check out my Pumpkin Recipes for Fall-there’s over 50 recipes to choose from!

Over 50 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall!! A Pumpkin Roundup!


Apple Crumble Bars | From:

Apple Crumble Bars

A perfect fall treat!

Yield: 36 bars


For the Crumble:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
1 large egg, lightly beaten

For the Apple Filling:
5 cups apples peeled, cored and diced (see note below)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teapsoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

2. For the Crumble: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and cinnamon on low speed. Add the butter, toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Add egg and mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan. Place reserved half aside. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

3. For the Apple Filling: In medium bowl, gently toss diced apples and lemon juice together; set aside.

4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Pour over the apples and mix gently.

5. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the apple layer.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely on wire rack then transfer to the refrigerator to chill before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes: Use a combination of tart and sweet apples for these bars. Good choices for tart are Granny Smiths, Empires, or Cortlands; for sweet, try Golden Delicious, Jonagolds, or Braeburns.

Source: adapted from Smitten Kitchen, Originally adapted from

One Year Ago: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bars Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bars {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Two Years Ago: Apple Fritter Muffins Apple Fritter Muffins {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Three Years Ago: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Four Years Ago: Pumpkin Scones

6 Responses to “Apple Crumble Bars”

  1. #
    Liz — September 28, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    Nice recipe. Thanks so much and have a Great Sunday!

  2. #
    Renee@Two+in+the+Kitchen — September 29, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    That crumb topping has me swooning!! Gorgeous dessert. 🙂

  3. #
    Thalia @ butter and brioche — September 30, 2014 @ 5:14 am

    I definitely think I could polish off a few of these crumble bars right now, they look seriously delicious! Great recipe!

  4. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — October 3, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

    Too close to Dutch apple pie for me. I would end up eating the whole pan. I love that combo—apples and crumble. Since it’s a bar, it also makes it way too easy to make a batch.

  5. #
    sarah+k+@+the+pajama+chef — October 4, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    mmm, this looks great! i made apple pie a few weeks ago and need to make some bars soon 🙂

  6. #
    Chau — October 21, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

    I made this a few days ago for a party, and everyone loved it. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

Leave a Comment