Apple Cider Custard Bars
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Apple cider bars made with sweet apple cider custard and a shortbread crust.
Serves: 20-25 bars
For the Shortbread Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cubed
For the Filling:
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  1. First, make your crust. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine your 2 cups all purpose flour, ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon kosher salt and whisk. Add in the cubed butter and, using your hands or a pastry cutter, combine the butter with the flour mixture until a crumbly, coarse mixture forms.
  2. Line a 9x13-inch dish with parchment paper, then grease it well with butter (or just grease the dish liberally if you don't have parchment). Press the crust into the pan, and bake for 15 minutes or so, until lightly golden around the edges. Set aside.
  3. For the filling, whisk together the apple cider and eggs, then add in your flour, sugars and salt. Pour the filling over the warm crust and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the top is set.
  4. Allow the bars to cool completely (around 4-6 hours) before dusting with powdered sugar (feel free to put the pan in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process). Cut into bars with a warm knife, wiping down the knife between each slice.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at