Apple Streusel Bars

Who doesn’t love baked goods that feature apples? I know I do, and it’s definitely Kramer’s favorite kind of treat next to something made with peanut butter. The only problem is that I’m lazy and I hate having to make crusts and doughs and that kind of thing that you have to roll out or let rise. So sue me! I’m busy. That’s why I love these apple streusel bars. You get all of the delicious, caramely apple-pie flavor without all the work. I added some toffee bits in with the apple mixture, too, and they got all melty and delicious. These will make you think of happy holiday memories, and the time that it takes to make these is nothing compared to a pie or a turnover or something like that. The streusel crumb topping really brings it all together, and the icing drizzled on top takes it all home for me. Go ahead and make this for your next holiday gathering, or just the next time you want something sweet. It’s really easy and I bet you already have everything you need in the cupboard.

Apple Streusel Bars
Your humble ingredients.

Apple Streusel Bars
To make your crust, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl.

Apple Streusel Bars
Cube your butter and cut it into the dough, either with pastry cutter or with clean hands (as I did). Then mix in your egg (I just used my hands again).

Apple Streusel Bars
Press two-thirds of the dough into a greased and/or lined pan (lining the pan allows you to simply lift the bars out of the pan when they’re done instead of having to maneuver your knife awkwardly into the pan to cut them) and set aside.

Apple Streusel Bars
Thinly slice your apples (I used a combination of Gala and Granny Smith).

Apple Streusel Bars
For the apple filling, combine your remaining sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a medium to large sized bowl.

Apple Streusel Bars
Toss your apples and toffee bits with the flour and sugar mixture.

Apple Streusel Bars
Spread the apple mixture over the prepared crust, then sprinkle the remaining dough over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes, until lightly golden and set.

Apple Streusel Bars
Allow the bars to cool for about ten minutes in the pan when they’re ready, then drizzle with your glaze. Allow to set and either allow to cool completely or serve warm. If you want them to cool completely, you can put them in the fridge to speed up the process (as I did).

Apple Streusel Bars
Cut into bars and enjoy!

Apple Streusel Bars

Apple Streusel Bars
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
Apple Filling
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups (about 3 medium) thinly sliced apples (I used a combination of Gala and Granny Smith - I also didn't peel them because, again, I'm lazy, and hey - fiber! I didn't get any complaints and you really don't notice the skins when the apples are cooked.)
  • ½ cup toffee bits
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk or water (milk is better to use, but I didn't have any so I used water and it was still great)
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (I used almond and I always prefer almond to vanilla extract when it can be used, but if you don't have it, just use vanilla)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare the crust, mix together the 2 cups of all-purpose flour, ½ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon baking powder in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or clean hands (I prefer to use my hands) until you have pea-sized crumbles. Gently mix in beaten egg (again, I just used my hands). Gently pat about ⅔ of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the dish. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the apple filling, combine the ¼ cup flour, ½ cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss with apples and toffee and spread the apple mixture out on the prepared crust. Sprinkle with the reserved crust mixture over the apples evenly as best you can and bake in your preheated oven for 40 minutes. When finished, allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. While the bars cool a bit, prepare the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar, almond extract, and enough milk or water to achieve desired consistency, starting with 3 tablespoons. Drizzle the glaze over the bars with a spoon, then allow to completely cool and set, or serve warm. If you want them to be served cooled, you can pop the bars in the fridge, as I did. Cut into bars and serve.
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17 Responses

  1. Katie says:

    Only one word needed for these ‘yum!’

  2. LeAnne says:

    Definitely making these to take to my parents’ for Christmas! My mom will LOVE these. Thanks!

  3. Sara says:

    wow. i am going to make these ASAP. i would add streusel to everything, if allowed! thanks!

  4. francefanatic says:

    You make it look so easy!

  5. Those bars look amazing, love the photo of the finished product!

  6. Lucy says:

    Omg. These look amazing – all their delicious components! Sticky gorgeousness, yummy :)

  7. Malin says:

    Oh man….. you can’t go wrong with apples and streusel!

  8. Tanya says:

    Good recipe! I added some pecans (no toffee bits), used only gala apples and didn’t have enough powdered sugar for the glaze and it was still great. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

  9. Amy says:

    these look AMAZING. i’m so excited to try them out!

  10. Amanda B. says:

    This is the second time I’ve used this recipe! It’s very easy and tasty! Thanks!

  11. Hayley says:

    Made these tonight and they were delicious! The recipe was super easy to follow…Thanks!

  12. Suz says:

    ive probably made these 5 times and they are delicious but i NEVER have enough crust to even fill a 9 x 13 let alone have left over to crumble. i only ever have enough for an 8 x 8! what am i doing wrong.

  13. Susy Kay says:

    Excellent!I I baked the crust first for 10 min at 350. I also doubled up on the apple filling ingredients. The best!

  14. Debra says:

    I made this a couple years ago, and I loved it so much that I just made it again tonight. My boyfriend declared that this is the best dessert I’ve ever made! (Even better than your lemon bar recipe, which he is also a big fan of.) Thanks for being such a reliable source of delicious things :)

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