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Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars

If you love apple pie as much as I do (who doesn’t?) here is your apple pie fix that is easier and faster than a standard pie... but just as tasty. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Makes: 9 to 12 servings

Apple Pie Bars

Ingredients:

    Crust:
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup extra light olive oil (or canola)
  • 1/3 cup low fat milk (I use 1% milk)
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Minute Tapioca or flour
  • 8 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & coarsely chopped (about 2 pounds)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Crust:
  3. Combine flour, sugar, & salt in a bowl.
  4. Add oil & milk all at once, stirring with a fork, then divide into two solid halves.
  5. Roll one half between 2 sheets of floured wax paper to about an 8" square and set aside.
  6. Pat the other half into the bottom of an 8x8-inch ungreased square pan. (or you can roll it between wax paper first and then place it in the bottom of the pan, patting it to edges)
  7. Filling:
  8. Combine sugar, spices, and tapioca in a large bowl.
  9. Add apples, combining well.
  10. Place into pan and top with second crust. Patch if needed but a few openings are okay.
  11. Poke a few holes in top crust with a knife, brush with milk and sprinkle with 2 tsp sugar.
  12. Bake about 50 minutes until top is golden. Cool. Cut into bars.

22 Comments on "Apple Pie Bars"

  1. Juanita

    Can you use puff pastry for this recipe?

  2. Susan

    Trouble you to explain what is “1/3 cup 1% milk”? Tks.

    • Jenny

      That is one-third of a cup (5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon) of low fat milk. My milk has 1% fat but some have 2% fat. I will clarify the recipe.

  3. Vera

    I made this recipes just now for my friends. I can say, I had luck had one piece. Thank you for share this yummy tasty Apple Pie

  4. Sarah

    About how many apples would 8 cups be?

    • sheanette

      I would say about 6 apples. I would purchase bout 6 apples and coarsely chop them and place them in a measuring cup or bowl. How ever many apples i have left will determine how many i will need time. I will use the extra apples in a salad, cereal, smoothie, or eat it alone. I hope this helps.

  5. AB

    Hi Jenny,

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I needed an eggless, butterless recipe that is quick to make. We are having a food festival (in India) and I wanted to bring a bit of Canada to the people here using simple easy to get ingredients. This recipe is perfect and it looks really quick.

    AB

  6. Channing

    I had a lot of trouble making the crust fit next time I think I’m going to make more crust then what was on the recipe. My apples where also cut to big, the cake would of bin neeter.

    • Jenny

      If you’re using an 8 x 8-inch pan the crust should fit. If you make more dough, the crust may be too heavy. Try also rolling the bottom crust between wax paper first. I roll it into a rough 8 by 8 size, then I lift off the top wax paper and trim it into a rough square. Then I lift it off and put it into the pan. You can then press it to the edges if needed. And the top crust does not have to cover completely. It’s okay for there to be some rough openings.

  7. Mara

    Jenny,
    I have made these at least a dozen times and this is a fabulous recipe. Thank you for sharing! Perfect results every time.

  8. Nina

    Hi Jenny,

    Can the crust dough be frozen for later use?

    Love your videos! Thanks for sharing =)

    • Jenny

      I have never frozen my crust but I believe it can be frozen.

  9. Jennifer Neal

    I was a little scared to make this recipe just because I love butter and eggs in my dessert but I gave it a try and it was delicious!! I loved it soo much!

  10. Razia

    Jenny just recently came upon your website when I was looking to make some desserts without butter. I tried your lemon brownies recipe and they were a hit. The only thing that I would change next time is to add some kind of pudding or custard in the middle for that extra umph. Also I tried your pallet bars and found that I needed to add a little extra milk and oil to the dough since it seemed a little dry. Also it was a huge hit and will continue to visit your website for new recipes.
    Thanks a bunch.

  11. Ewa

    I love polish “szarlotka”. This apple pie is different then szarlotka because it’s crust is made from different ingredients… much healthier ingredients ( it does not contain butter and sour cream:).But still it is very yummy. I have already made it several times. It works better for me better if I fry apples first.For this amount of crust I used 4 Granny Smith apples which I chopped and fried for couple of minutes in a pan until they became soft. I added a little bit of sugar but one does not have to. One can also add some lemon juice if the apples are too sweet.Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Elena

    Hi Jenny thanks for the receipe on apple pie bars for I love baking with olive oil. I just tried baking the bars but find the dough for the crust quite insufficient. Had to roll real hard in order to stretch the crust to barely cover my pan. What could be the problem? Please advise. Thanks.

    • Jenny

      I’ve made this recipe many times and only 2 things come to mind. One is maybe your pan is 9 x 9 and not 8 x 8? Another is are you rolling between wax paper? Between the wax papers you should be able to keep rolling as wide as you need. I actually roll bottom crust between wax paper instead of pressing in in the pan. It’s just less work than pressing it in so maybe you could try that – unless you’re already doing it. Please let me know and I will try to help further. It’s important to me that my recipes work for everyone.

      • Elena

        Thanks for the prompt reply! You could be right that my pan may be slightly bigger. I did roll between wax paper as suggested in your recipe or i would not be able to get a decent crust at all! Having said that, the bars turned out very delicious.

  13. Alexandra

    I don’t have any nutmeg on hand… Would it make a big difference if I omitted it? Any substitutes?

    • Jenny

      Nutmeg is a nice companion to cinnamon but you can either omit it or use an extra 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon.

  14. Sue

    I made your apple pie bars for desert. OMG!! They are soooooooo good!!!

  15. Tina Ward

    Jenny you have no idea how long I was looking for an apple pie bar recipe without eggs and came across yours. My daughter is allergic to eggs and I was getting frustrated at not finding a recipe without calling for them and now can enjoy the bars as much as everyone else. You don’t even know how much you helped.

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