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Winning 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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These apple pie bars took first-runner up at a baking contest.

Winning Apple Pie Bars

I recently shared these Award-Winning Almond Dessert Bars  here, and received tons of awesome feedback from so many of you. 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 scored the first-runner-up recipe: 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. Now onto these delectable Apple Pie Bars.

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Always be sure butter is cold and cut into cubes; you should see small pieces of butter in the pie dough.

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 sauce 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. It’s fine 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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Granny smith apples are ideal for apple pies, apple bars, and baking in general.

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 eat a ton of good-for-you apples.
  • The homemade salted caramel is jaw-dropping delicious. 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. Perfect for gatherings.
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Let your apple pie bars cool completely before cutting and serving; they’re worth the wait.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What are the best apples to use for apple pie bars?

We recommend granny smith apples for all kinds of apple pie and apple desserts, as they keep their shape well after baking and provide a balance of tart-sweet flavors.

Why do you have to cool apple pie before serving?

The filling of even the best apple pie recipes needs time to set after cooking in a hot oven. When you allow your apple pie bars to cool completely, you’re ensuring a non-runny apple pie.

Do you need to peel apples before using them in apple bars?

Some people do leave skin on their apples. It’s a personal preference; we recommend peeling the apples in all our apple desserts, as it accommodates those who don’t prefer eating the peel.

Can I make these apple bars in advance?

Yes, these apple pie bars can be made a day in advance, covered and stored at moderate room temperature. Any longer than a day, these apple bars should be covered and chilled.

More to Bake and Eat

  • Pumpkin Pie Bars – luscious pumpkin filling with extra crispy crumble topping awaits. Great for a twist on pumpkin pie.
  • Dutch Apple Pie – the super crunchy topping makes this apple pie a fall favorite.
  • Blueberry Pie – we can’t get enough of this double crust pie, with flaky layers.
  • Easy Key Lime Pie – so good, even those who “don’t like lime pie” will devour this one. Make it in advance, for an easy sharable dessert.

Try this 4-Ingredient salted caramel Sauce

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The Best Apple Pie Bars

5 from 40 ratings
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 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Servings: 16 -20

Ingredients  

For Double Crust:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • cup salted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1-2 TB ice cold water

For Filling:

  • 6 cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡
Course: bars, Dessert, pie
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Bake

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54 comments

    • Sharon
    • 5 stars

    These apple pie bars are layer upon layer of decadence. From the homemade crust to the sweet apple filling and then drizzled with an easy icing, it creates a winning dessert indeed!

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you, Sharon!

    • Heather
    • 5 stars

    These apple pie bars look so darn good!! And much easier than making a whole pie. Can’t wait to try!

    • Linda
    • 5 stars

    A great way to change up apple pie. The bars were so sweet and delicious and perfect for afternoon snack time. Of course, the caramel drizzle put them into the “can’t get enough of these” category.

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you, Linda!

    • janet
    • 5 stars

    These look so good! Do you think I could some store bought Pillsbury pie crusts, instead of your homemade? I have 2 boxes left from Christmas to use! Also, I have some Honeycrisp apples to use – can I use them instead of the granny smith? Thank you! (Do you think I should use 1 crust for top & 1 for the bottom for the bars?). Thank you!!!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, you can do that, Janet 🙂

    • pujarinimitra
    • 5 stars

    The apple pie looks so delicious. I feel like eating one right away. Thanks for the recipe

    • Danielle W.

    What a perfect Fall treat! I cannot wait to try!

    • Liza Perry
    • 5 stars

    I love anything apple especially this season! Your pictures are mouthwatering !

    • Danielle
    • 5 stars

    Such a perfect recipe for fall!! I just picked a bunch of apples and will have to make this ASAP!!

    • Joanna
    • 5 stars

    I do love a good recipe of apple pie, especially when there is so much filling and not so much crust. I think that apple pie is the perfect comfort dessert.

    • Catherine

    These look flaky and delightful! I wish I could have one of these right now! They look wonderful.

    • sara lafountain

    These apple pie bars look so amazing! I just bought some really lovely apples so I will have to give this recipe a try!

    • Synz

    Looks so yummy! Definitely sending to my sisters. I’ll let them make these for me.

    • Nikki

    This recipe is so good! Its perfect for the falls and holiday season.

    • sincerelymissj

    I love apple pie so i definitely need to try your apple pie bars. Thanks for sharing

    • Jasmine – LoveLifeLaughMotherhood
    • 5 stars

    my brother in law loves everything apple. i’ll have to make these for him when we visits next week

    • cleverlychanging

    Both recipes look absolutely delicious. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but every once in a while I love to eat warm pie with ice cream.

    • Wendy

    I’ve never had an apple pie but would really love to try. Yours look so mouthwatering.

    • Faneshia

    This looks so yummy. I’m going to try it because the instructions seems easy enough. Hopefully it turns out like the picture haha

    • Preet

    Wow! This one’s a winner. I just love everything about this! Everyone can dig right in!!

    • allthingssimplywindy
    • 5 stars

    OMG you are kicking my sweet tooth into overdrive. These looks so good and I love apple pie

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