These Dutch apple bars feature a comforting buttery, brown sugar crunchy, crumble topping, freshly baked apples seasoned with warm cinnamon sugar spice and it's baked atop a delicious shortbread crust. These sweet apple delights are definitely scrumptious and so much easier to make than your normal home-made apple pie. OMGoodness yumminess!
Cuisine: American, Amish
Keyword: apple, apple bars, apple cobbler, apple dessert, apple pie, dutch apple, pie
Author: Kim Lange
½cupunsalted butterroom temperature
1 ¼cupall-purpose flour
DUTCH APPLE FILLING
3large Granny Smith applespeeled, cored, and thinly sliced or small julienne style (3 ½ - 4 cups) (can use honeycrisp or any firm type apple)
1 ½teaspoonsground cinnamon
¾cuplight brown sugar
6tablespoonsbutterchilled butter, cut into cubes
Optional: ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray, line with parchment for easy removal.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy for 2-3 minutes.
Add vanilla and mix until combined. Add flour and mix until combined and dough is crumbly.
Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until dough is slightly puffed. Remove from oven and set aside to prepare to add the Dutch Apple Filling.
DUTCH APPLE FILLING
Meanwhile, while the crust is baking, in a large bowl, combine the apple filling ingredients: toss apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and sugar until evenly coated, set aside.
In a medium bowl, using a pastry cutter, combine brown sugar, flour, salt and butter together and mix until crumbly; set aside. Add cinnamon for an extra boost of cinnamon if you wish! Can also use food processor for quicker results.
ASSEMBLE THE BARS
Maintain oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
Place apple mixture in an even layer over baked crust.
Sprinkle with crumble topping.
Bake 40-45 minutes until golden brown.
Let cool 2 hours then refrigerate 2 hours. Serve or store in an airtight container.
Serve as is or with some vanilla glaze, caramel sauce or pair it with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream with the apple bar warmed up in the microwave for an incredibly, sinful experience! This dessert screams FALL! 🙂