apple pie bars by nazia cooks

Apple Pie Bars

Isn’t apple pie one of the greatest desserts ever? Sweet, cinnamon-flavoured pieces of apple wrapped in a buttery, flaky pastry – just describing it makes me feel happy inside. But if there’s one thing I don’t like about it, it is the fact that it’s not the quickest dessert to make, especially if you’re making it from scratch like I always do. It takes at least a few hours of rolling, folding, chilling and resting the dough in order to get that perfect flaky crust. So what do you do when you want to have apple pie but don’t want to wait for hours to do so? Make this bar version, of course! They have the same warm, cinnamon flavour that apple pie does, except they are so much easier to make. It takes just a little over an hour to make these, and that includes prep time.

Apple Pie Bars

Recipe by Nazia SiddiquaCourse: DessertsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Moderate


bars (2″ width)
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Buttery pastry bars topped with cinnamon-flavoured apple and a crumble topping.


  • Base
  • 90g unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • 120 grams all purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1 to 2 tbsp water

  • Filling
  • 3 small apples, peeled, cored and sliced

  • 3 tbsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Crumble Topping
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour

  • 3 tbsp melted butter

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • Glaze
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp water

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 180 C.
  • Prepare the filling by mixing all ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Prepare the topping by mixing all ingredients together with a fork until they form small clumps.
  • For the base, combine the cold butter, flour and sugar in a bowl. With a fork or pastry blender, mix everything together all while breaking the cubes of butter into small pea sized pieces. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time and stir with a spoon until the mixture comes together into a dough. Don’t add more water than is necessary.
  • Line a 6 inch square baking tin with parchment paper. Press the base dough evenly on the bottom of the pan. Spread the filling over the base and sprinkle the crumble topping over it.
  • Place the baking pan on the medium rack and bake for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, place the baking pan on the top rack and bake for 15 minutes so that the crumb topping gets nicely browned.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • For the glaze, mix the powdered sugar and water until a thick paste forms. Use a fork or spoon to drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars. Cut into squares and serve.

Looking for more apple based dessert recipes? Why don’t you try my recipe for Apple Custard Tart?

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