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The Best Apple Pie Bars

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. 

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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…

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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. 😉

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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.

Enjoy!

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Watch how easy salted caramel is:

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The Best Apple Pie Bars

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. 

  • Prep Time: 35 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Yield: 16-20 1x

Ingredients

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For Double Crust:
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1/2 tsp table salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup salted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
12 TB ice cold water

For Filling:
6 cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apples (peeled and cored)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 Recipe for Salted Caramel Sauce

Optional Easy Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar, mixed with 2 TB milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.

Make the Dough: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for dough except for the butter. Stir to combine well. Use clean hands or a pastry cutter to work in the cold pieces of butter, until dough comes together to form a ball (small bits of visible butter in the dough is good.) If is too dry, add 1-2 TB of ice cold water to dough so that it forms a ball.

Divide dough into 1 smaller half and 1 larger half. Wrap up smaller half and place in fridge. Lightly flour a large working surface and roll out the larger half as evenly as you can, to fit the bottom and up the sides of a 9×13 pan. Press dough into bottom and sides of pan.

Make the filling: combine the apple slices with sugar and cinnamon, tossing to incorporate. Evenly spread filling on top of bottom crust in pan. Roll out the smaller half of dough the same way as before, trying to roll it out as evenly and thinly as possible to fit the rectangular pan. Place top crust over the apple slices. Seal the bottom and top crust together by pinching the together edges all around. It’s ok if it’s not perfect; just try to seal it together as much as you can. Make 1″ long slits across top crust to allow steam to escape.

Bake 50-60 minutes or until top crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let cool completely on wire rack, uncovered. When dessert is cool, drizzle with desired amount of salted caramel sauce. Save the rest of the sauce for future use. If desired, make icing and drizzle over top. Slice into squares and serve.

Notes

Apple pie bars can keep for up to 2 days at moderate room temp, covered.

Make the caramel days ahead of time; it keeps very well in airtight container in fridge.

  • Category: dessert, pie, bars
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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38 comments

    • patwagne

    What luscious-looking recipes. The apple pie bars with homemade caramel sauce looks especially delicious.

    • Jayne SMABL

    Oh my days! my mouth is watering just looking at these! They look so tasty. I have been busy making an array of different dishes this week as our apple trees are full of fruit. 🙂

    • Christie Moeller

    This look so delish! everyone is always about pumpkin in the fall but I’m all in on apple flavors!

    • HilLesha

    I normally don’t get into apple pie that much, but this certainly looks delicious! It sounds like something my family would love as well.

    • Yasmine

    Yum! These look awesome, perfect for my kids packed lunch boxes too!

    • Diana Tidswell

    I do love eating apple a lot but never tried to eat apple bars and it looks really delicious. I will try to make this for my kids, thanks for sharing!

    • kumamonjeng

    I like how double crust is made and it is also flaky. I always look for something that is crusty to be honest, especially dessert. Another thing I like about this dessert is apple is used, easy to ge ingredient. 5 stars recipe without any doubt.

    • Jenni

    Totally making these. 100%! Thank you!

    • Alexandra

    How good does this look!? Not to mention your other recipes – there’s a lot on your site I want to make. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • kidneyfornikki

    That looks really tasty! And easy to make! And some of these other pics look delish — I must follow you!

    • Emily Fata

    Oh my gosh, these look absolutely heavenly! I can’t wait to attempt making them this weekend for Thanksgiving!

    • Annabel

    Wow, girl! This looks so yummy. I love the other recipes you have on the blog – you really know how to capture food.

    • angel

    this made my mouth water and so sad cause the only apple pie i can get my hands to right now if from mcdonald’s.

    • Megan

    Omg… these look too good. I’m pinning these for later. <3

    • maartjevansandwijK

    These look really good! I’m actually baking an apple pie next week 🙂

    • Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl)

    This apple pie is making me feel so hungry! I feel like I haven’t eaten anything for years! Great recipe

    • Aditya Gandhi

    Yummy! Perfect post for the weekend 🙂
    Thanks for sharing !

    • Stacie

    That looks absolutely amazing! I love that double crust. I am a big fan of GOOD crust!

    • Chloé Arnold (@ChloeBArnold)

    LITERALLY need these right now!!! I’m loving all things apple this fall and will definitely be making these this weekend!

    • Neda

    Apple pie is my all time favorite, I need to make some this week!!

    xx

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