These are the best apple pie bars you’ll sink your teeth into this fall. These apple pie bars contain a buttery, flaky double-crust, with a cinnamony apple filling. The most irresistible salted caramel is drizzled over the dessert for a delicious finale.
I recently shared these Award-Winning Almond Dessert Bars here, and I’ve gotten tons of awesome feedback from so many of you. After just a few days of going live, those almond dessert bars are already gaining popularity across social media. Guess everyone loves a winner. Especially when it comes to food 🙂
You’ll be pumped to know I have another winner for you today. At the same baking contest where I discovered those grand-prize winning almond dessert bars, I also found the yummiest first-runner-up: The Best Apple Pie Bars.
These tantalizing bars were beloved by tons of taste-testers and judges at the bake-off, including myself. You can tell I take my job as amateur judge at baking competitions extremely seriously. #bestjobever
Big shout out to Steve Bennet, who kindly agreed to share his winning apple pie bars recipe with me. Kudos to both Steve and Jim, guys who win bake-offs and then share their recipes with the world — super fun!
Now onto these delectable Apple Pie Bars…
How to make the best apple pie bars
- My favorite baking apples for this recipe are granny smith. Granny apples have the tartness to offset the sweetness of the caramel topping. Granny smith apples also hold their shape well during baking.
- The dough will be just enough for rolling into a double-crust for a 9×13 baking pan. You’ll need to roll it out evenly and thinly, for there to be enough coverage.
- Be sure your butter is cold and cut into small cubes or thin slices; that will help with incorporating the butter into the dough, while still leaving some pea-sized bits of butter intact (see above image.)
- The salted caramel drizzle can be made several days ahead of time. I usually have a container of it in my fridge, ready to warm up and use. Homemade salted caramel is simply unparalleled. Nothing store bought comes close.
- The recipe includes a simple white icing, mainly for prettying up the apple dessert. Feel free to omit this if you’re short on time or you’d like to use less sugar overall.
- That said, don’t skip the salted caramel. 😉
Why we love these Apple Pie Bars
- The double crust is made with real butter, is flaky, and tastes amazing
- It’s way easier to feed a crowd with a 9×13 pan, rather than the typical round pie pan
- It’s a deliciously amazing way to use up apples
- The homemade salted caramel is jaw-dropping good. You’ll never go back to store bought jars again. The caramel is amazing for everything beyond this apple dessert
- It’s the perfect fall treat all season long, for weeknights and holidays alike.
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