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Apple Pie Crumb Bars

These scrumptious bars are the best of an apple pie and crumb cake all in one then made into a convenient dessert bar. Bake a batch of these beauties, they are so good! 
Course Autumn Dessert, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, apple pie, apple pie bars, bars, crumb bars
Servings 12
Author Pam

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea or kosher salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Filling

  • 1 large Gala apples (peeled and thinly sliced to 1/4 inch thickness)
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp cold water, apple juice, or apple cider
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea or kosher salt

crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea or kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, kept cold and cubed

Instructions

  1. 1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8 in square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.

    2.Crust directions: In a medium bowl stir the melted butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt together. Slowly add the flour to the mixture stirring to blend all the ingredients together.

    3.Using your hands press the mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Should be lightly brown. Let cool on wire rack.

    4.Apple Filling directions: In a large mixing bowl add the sliced apples, flour, sugar, water or apple juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Continue working with the apples until they are well coated. Set aside

    5.. Crumb directions: In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Whisk all ingredients together until they are mixed well. Slowly begin to work the butter into the dry ingredients. Using your hands, work with the mixture until it looks like crumbs. Set aside.

    6.Now, increase the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the apple mixture on the baked crust. Put the apple slices close together pressing them down into the crust. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples. Gently press into the apples. Return to the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Crumb topping should be a golden brown. Set aside to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes at room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator for 2 hours to chill. Remove the bars from the baking pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!