How to make Apple Pie Bars
Step 1. Prepare the crust. The recipe is simple to make with a buttery shortbread crust on the bottom and the top. However, you’ll add some walnuts and cinnamon to the top portion for a little more flavor and crunch. Refrigerate the crust and then bake it.
Step 2. While baking the crust, I cooked a combination of Rave™ and Fuji apples in a skillet with a little butter. Once they were starting to brown and had softened I placed them over the crust and sprinkled the remaining shortbread on top for a final bake.
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Apple Pie Bars
- 2 cups butter room temp
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 cups flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 large apples 1/2 sweet and 1/2 tart
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 375º. Place parchment paper in a 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Add butter, both sugars and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour and salt and add to butter mixture. Beat until combined. Lightly flour your hands and take 2/3’s of the dough and place it in the prepared baking pan pressing it into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides. Press down with the bottom of a measuring cup.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Then bake for 18-20 minutes until the entire crust is golden brown. Let cool.
- To the remaining dough add walnuts and cinnamon and combine. Set aside.
- While the crust is cooking, peel and slice apples into 1/8 inch slices and place in a large bowl. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix. Melt butter in a large skillet and add apples. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until he apples are tender and the liquid has evaporated. Spread evenly onto the crust.
- Place pieces of the remaining dough over the top of the apples, they will not be completely covered.
- Reduce oven to 350º and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown. Let cool before cutting.