Monday, September 17, 2012

Apple Pie Bars

Come fall I always crave apple bars. Apple bars have all the flavor of good old apple pie but without all the fuss. The crust comes together quickly in a food processor and the bars slice beautifully.

Now, nothing beats recipes that come from an old church cookbook. When my husband and I were married, a friend of the family gave us a beautiful knife along with a copy of her church's cookbook. This is one of my favorites from all those years ago.

Apple Pie Bars
((Printable Recipe))

4 cups baking apples, peeled and sliced
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, divided
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup butter, cut into pieces
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

For the icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.

2. In a food processor, add 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, egg yolks, and 1 cup butter (cut into pieces). Pulse this until the butter is about the size of small peas.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, toss together the apples, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, the remaining 1/4 cup flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir this mixture until the apples are coated.

4. Place half of the crumb mixture into the prepared pan. Press it down into the bottom of the pan.  Top this crust with the sliced apple mixture. Sprinkle the remaining crust over the top and pat down lightly.

5. Bake for 40 minutes and cool completely.

6. When the bars are cool, mix the powdered sugar with enough lemon juice so the glaze is thick yet pourable. Drizzle over the cooled bars.

Linked to: Weekend Potluck


  1. Just finished picking our Granny Smith tree--I will have to try this one out! :)

  2. I'm going apple picking over the weekend and can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing Jenni!

  3. Made these tonight! Yummy and oh so easy! would have liked icing made with milk rather than lemon juice, but still so good. I will be making these again in the next few weeks for my grandmas 86th birthday party cookout.

  4. I'm wiping the drool off my chin...and my keyboard. These bars look so inviting and moist. Thanks a million for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

  5. I agree recipes from church cookbooks are the best, because they are tried-and-true! These bars look yummy.

  6. I intended to send this note earlier today, but it hasn't happened. This recipe was my Personal Favorite at Weekend Potluck today. Please be sure to stop by and snag your Featured Button. Please come back soon. LOVE your recipes!

  7. Replies
    1. I'm not sure what went wrong. The only "liquids" in the crust are two egg yolks.

  8. Wow I like apple pie bars, thank you for share.