Apple Pie Streusel Pie Bars


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Streusel Bars
Apple Pie Streusel Bars

I love a good piece of apple pie, but sometimes I don’t want to mess with making a pie crust and such. I found this recipe that has a type of shortbread cookie crust, topped with perfectly spiced fresh apples, a bit of the crust on top and then a fabulous glaze on top.  It turned out marvelous!  Come on and give it a try.

Apple Streusel Bars

 Sweet Pastry –


2 cups flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup real butter (2 sticks), do yourself a favor and don’t skimp here, it’s not near as good with margarine or a butter substitute

1 egg, beaten well

Apple filling-

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1  1/2 tsp. cinnamon pinch nutmeg

5 cups peeled, sliced baking apples (about 4 medium-large Granny Smith works well)


3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1-2 Tbl. milk  


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13″ pan with parchment paper and coat with spray release.Apple Pie Streusle BarsTo prepare the crust, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking power in a medium bowl.

Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, or two knives,Apple Pie Streusel BarsUntil there are pea-sized crumbles.Apple Pie Streusel BarsGently mix in the beaten egg.Apple Pie Streusel Bars

Gently pat about 2/3 of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the dish and set aside.

To prepare the apple filling combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Toss with the peeled and sliced apples.Apple Pie Streusel BarsPour the apples onto the crust and arrange to be an even layer.Apple Pie Streusel BarsSprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the apples.Apple Pie Streusel BarsBake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. or until a toothpick stuck in the apples is soft, but still gives a bit of resistance; do not overcook.     DSC_1490Allow to cool completely To prepare the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and a little bit of milk at at time to achieve desired consistency.Apple Pie Streusel BarsUse a spoon to drizzle over the completely cooled pastry.  Allow the glaze to set up and harden.  Cut into bars and serve.  Keep leftovers chilled.Apple Pie Streusel BarsRecipe adapted from Our Best Bites Recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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  1. Janine Huldie says

    I am going to pick up a few things at the grocery store today and might have to get some apples to try your yummy recipe now. Thanks Carrie and Happy Tuesday now 😉

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      Hey Janine, if you give this a whirl, let me know. These bars are so easy and really, really good. Have a terrific week too:)

  2. Susan says

    These looks delicious. Great tutorial too!

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      Aaww, thank you Susan, I appreciate that so much. It takes extra time to take pictures to put with the instructions that your compliments really means a lot.

  3. Tasha says

    This looks so easy and with basic ingredients already on hand…maybe except the apples. I have got to try this…with that pumpkin smoothie I almost forgot about!!

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      Heehee, I think you’ll like them both Tasha. And next week you’ve got to see the apple bar I’m bringing. The center has shredded apple and sour cream baked between oat and walnut crunchy goodness. It was so unique I had to try it and all my family loved it! oops, except my dil who doesn’t like nuts. Thank you for coming by!

  4. Melinda says

    Sounds so yummy. I hate being allergic to cinnamon. It’s awfully sad.

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      OH NO, say it isn’t so!!! Wow, that’s a tricky one Melinda. I’ll have to think of other recipes just for you, lol. Hope you’re doing well.

  5. Betty says

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

  6. Alli @ Tornadough Alli says

    Yes please! I totally agree with you on not wanting to make pie crust. I hate it, lol. This seriously looks delicous and I need to have this now! Thank you for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      Ali, we are sisters in pie dough, lol. We might have to find a class or a really good pie crust recipe and skype while making it! I hope you enjoy the Apple Pie Streusel Pie Bars in the meantime though, they are really good.

  7. Ashley says

    Thanks for linking up to last week’s Tasty Tuesday linky. I’ve pinned your recipe to the Creative K Kids Pinterest board. I hope you’ll join us again this week.

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      I really appreciate that Ashley and look forward to your party!

  8. Amanda @The Kolb Corner says

    Oooh yummy Carrie! I’ll be making these for sure. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      I hope you invite me over for a slice, they are sssooo good! Have a great day Amanda and I appreciate you coming by.

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