Apple streusel bars are the next best thing to apple pie. Enjoy an American classic apple pie in the form of an easy to eat bar!
Can you believe we are one day away from September? We are closer and closer to fall weather. The evenings are already feeling a bit chilly here. I think I’ve said it many times before, I am not a fan of cooler weather. And winter, you can have it. I do, however, love fall baking. The smell of apples and cinnamon baking is pure comfort.
Apple pie is one of my top favorite desserts. It’s actually the very first pie I learned to make. Every year I would bake one for my mom as soon as the weather turned cool. She and I are just alike in the fact that we suffer winter time blues and we both favor apple pie. What better way to cheer her up than with her favorite dessert. Hi, mom!
I made these bars and after one bite I knew the rest needed to go to work with hubs. Seriously, they needed to be out of this house. Or I’d be big as a house! They are that good. Just like a slice of warm apple pie spiced with brown sugar and cinnamon. A crunchy pecan streusel and buttery cookie crust. Just talking about these bars has my mouth watering.
The feedback I receive from hubs’ coworkers was all positive. He said they were a huge hit. Yeah, I believe it.
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today if you can’t tell. I want you to make them! Seriously. DO IT!
These apple streusel bars are easy. As most of my recipes are. The bottom layer is a simple shortbread crust made with flour, sugar, salt, and butter.
The crust is buttery and thick. It’s the perfect base because it holds up well under the weight of the apples.
The apples are the star of this recipe. I like to use pink lady apples because they are a mix between tart and sweet. You can use any variety you like best. You can even mix it up if you like. You need about five medium apples for the filling. That should yield you five cups.
And of course, these bars would not be complete without a pecan streusel crust. Some of the crust mix gets set aside to be tossed with oats, brown sugar, and chopped pecans.
So much yum is going on here!
Apple Streusel Bars
For the crust
- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter cut into pieces
For the filling
- 5 cups apples peeled and diced (about 5 apples)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the topping
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 13x9-inch pan with aluminum foil, leaving some excess to overhang. Spray foil lightly with nonstick spray.
Make the crust: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Stir with a whisk. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the butter until mixture resembles damp sand. Set aside 1 1/4 cups of the dough the topping. Press the remaining dough firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
Make the filling: While the crust is baking, add apples and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl. Stir to coat. Add the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Pour the filling over the warm crust and spread into an even layer.
Make the topping: Add the brown sugar, oats, and pecans to the reserved flour mixture. Stir to combine. Sprinkle the topping over the filling. Bake for 30 minutes.
Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan by foil overhang. Cut into squares.
The bars will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.