Dutch Apple Pie Bars

This Thanksgiving I decided to take the traditional apple pie recipe and give it a little twist. I’m a big follower of browneyedbaker.com as I have made many of her recipes and they never seem to disappoint. This time, I tackled the Dutch Apple pie bars to offset the ridiculous amount of pumpkin pie and chocolate chip cookies that we had. And another perk…you feel less guilty eating a couple apple pie bars rather than eating a large piece of pie, right?…anything to make the Thanksgiving meal binge seem less absurd 😀

What you’ll need…

For the crust:
4 cups animal crackers(came out to about 2 bags of barnums animal cracker)
1/3 cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter (yes, the unsalted part really makes a difference)

For the streusel:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornmeal
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

For the filling:
2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 5) cut 1/4 inch thick
2 tablespoons melted better
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 13 by 9 inch pan with foil, and spray with non stick spray. I was out so I spread butter and it popped out perfectly!

For the crust: browneyedbaker says to process crackers, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor until they’re fine crumbs. For those that don’t have a food processor like me you can put the ingredients in a large ziploc bag, zip it shut, take out a rolling pan and BAM! Same end result 🙂 then you’re going to add the melted butter and mix everything again. ( I had a lot of excess mixture so I ended up adding extra butter about 2 tablespoons) Press the crumb mixture into an even later on pan and bake until golden brown, about 13 minutes.

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To make the streusel:
Whisk flour, brown and granulated sugars and cornmeal in bowl. Add melted butter and toss until all ingredients are moistened. Set aside.

Filling:
Combine apples, melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in large skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally until apples are soft about 10 minutes.

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Now to put everything together:
Spread apples over the cooked crust and then sprinkle with streusel mixture.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes until streusel is golden brown!!

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Cool for about 2 hours before cutting them into bars! Once cooled, lift foil out of pan and he bars should come out with no hassle! Eat and enjoy! I recommend a school of vanilla ice cream over the top and there you have it: Dutch Apple pie bars a la mode!

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