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

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.


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.

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


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


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


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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