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Apple Crumb Bars

This has been a favorite apple bar recipe of mine for many years. I've made these apple crisp bars for parties and for family, and they're always a hit. —Barbara Pickard, Union Lake, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups cold butter, divided
  • 5 to 6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda; cut in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 2 cups for topping. Press remaining crumbs into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Arrange apples over top; set aside.
  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, vanilla and remaining butter. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly; spread over apples. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 174 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Sharon
    Jan 4, 2020

    I gave a 5 star rating even though I adjusted the measurements after reading the reviews. I used 2 1/2 cups flour instead of 3 cups and i cut the oats down to 1 cup instead of 1 1/2. Also used 1 cup of butter. Have made this following instructions and I also felt it was a little too dry. By decreasing the dry ingredients and only using 1 cup of butter , feel like the crust and topping are not so dry. I don't always use well with any fruit and today made it with Raspberry jam. Really good.

  • Mary
    Sep 30, 2017

    This recipe was great! However, next time I will make a few adjustments based on personal taste. I found the crumble topping a little dry and would either cut the flour or add more butter. Also, the sugar-water-cornstarch mixture was very thick so I would add less cornstarch if you want it less goopy (it came out thicker than the consistency you get in a can of apple pie filling). Lastly, instead of drizzling the mixture over the apples I would stir it into the apples, since some chunks of apple did not get coated, causing them to dry out after baking. I also added about a half tsp of cinnamon to the water mixture. But overall, this turned out great and I will definitely be making it again!

  • djcroyle
    May 14, 2015

    This is awesome!! Will be making it again!!!

  • Mibbles16
    Feb 13, 2015

    This is absolutely delicious!! I followed the recipe exactly, and they came out perfect . This is my new go to desert !

  • DocMelanie
    Jan 25, 2015

    I made these last week in the 13x9 pan and my husband ate 3/4 of them in 2 days! I will add a 1 tbsp. More of butter to the crumb mixture to cut in since it was slightly dry. The best apple bar recipe I have ever made by far.

  • Deborah39
    Sep 17, 2013

    I haven't had this one but i will try it love the name

  • corysmom28
    Oct 2, 2012

    No comment left

  • emczlapi
    Mar 20, 2012

    I made these bars last week and my husband is already asking me to make them again. I did add 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the recipe though. The bars are awesome.

  • Sassy2U2
    Oct 23, 2011

    This is a great fall dessert when you have family over for dinner. Have made it a few times.Everyone loved it.

  • jenjen1177
    Jun 22, 2011

    I followed the directions, using a full 6 cups of apples, and it was AMAZING! Is delicious warm or cold, with or without vanilla ice cream. I'm about to make it again right now!