Apple Crumb Bars

Posted on August 8, 2013
Hi, Everyone! I hope your week is going well so far and that you are enjoying the last few weeks of the summer. I am so ready for the fall to be here, I can’t wait for the cooler temperatures and all the fun things that the season brings with it! And these Apple Crumb Bars, which have all the characteristic flavors of fall are my way of telling it to hurry up! These bars are incredibly good; they have a sweet, buttery crust that’s topped with a layer of apples and finished off with a sprinkling of a crunchy walnut topping and a sweet sugary glaze! They are absolutely delicious, and are the perfect way to welcome the new season in just a couple short weeks, or to enjoy now!

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APPLE CRUMB BARS

(Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen)
*Makes 12*

YOU WILL NEED
DOUGH
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (4oz) unsalted butter
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

FILLING
4 medium sized apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbs all-purpose flour

GLAZE
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tbs milk

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DIRECTIONS

1. Begin by preparing your apple filling. Peel, core and thinly slice your apples, then place them all in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, ground cinnamon and flour (you can add sugar too, I just prefer the apple filling to be a little tart). Set aside.
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2. Preheat your oven to 375 deg F and grease your baking ban (I used an 8×8 inch baking pan). In your electric mixer bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, butter and egg, and mix until the dough is soft but still crumbly. Divide the dough in half, and press the first half into your prepared pan to make the crust (if you need a little more dough for this, just use a little bit from the other half you set aside).
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3. Next, pour the apple filling onto the crust. Take the chopped walnuts and mix them in with the remaining dough, and sprinkle this topping over the apples evenly. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the apple juices are bubbling and the topping is golden brown (check on the topping throughout the baking time, and if it’s getting too brown, just cover the whole pan with some foil to avoid it burning). Let the bars cool completely. Once they have cooled you can make your glaze by whisking the sugar and milk together and pouring it over the bars (I only used about half of the glaze) Let the glaze set completely before cutting and serving.
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For a similar recipe, try these Blueberry Crumb Bars (recipe HERE)
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 .Happy Baking, Everyone!

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12 Comments

  • Reply OrangeHeroMama August 8, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Wow, both look and sound AMAZING! Gotta try ’em! 🙂

    • Reply Maria August 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks so much! I can’t decide which bars I like better… they’re both great! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Lambert August 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

    These look absolutely divine…yum! This would be great to link up to my Create It Thursday post…it’s live now!

    Leslie @ Lamberts Lately

    • Reply Maria August 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks so much! Already linked up 🙂

  • Reply Jacqueline August 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I just found your blog! Thank you for leaving a comment! I am known to do that 🙂
    These look pretty amazing…I have apples almost ready on the tree, so I think I will be making the crumb bars and subbing the sugar for honey 🙂 Can’t wait!

    • Reply Maria August 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thanks so much, Jacqueline! 🙂

  • Reply Gypsy Heart August 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Just found your blog from Yvonne’s and so glad I did! I can’t wait to try these! Anything “fallish” is a win for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Pat

  • Reply Phyllis @Around the House August 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    thank you for the wonderful recipe, I just cannot wait to try these…Your photos are the best…If they are half as good as they look you got a winner…come on over for a visit to my blog, I would love to have you…

  • Reply Poppy August 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

    mmmmm these look and sound simply divine! Perfect fall dessert! My apple trees are filled with apples now, gotta try this recipe:)The buttery top crust looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe and for visiting me:) Happy Sunday!~Poppy

  • Reply miss flibbertigibbet August 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

    You had me at Smitten Kitchen….one of my favorite sites! These sound delish!! I found you through Stone Gable and I know I’ll be back for more!!!

  • Reply Sherry Thecharmofhome August 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Looks fantastic!
    Sherry

  • Reply june August 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Found you at Sweet Pea — I’m hooked on your site. Great ideas. These bars sound amazing. Living in apple country will make them even nummier.

    june

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