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apple crisp bars with shortbread crust

Apple pie crisp bars

These apple crisp bars are delicious! They are filled with apple pie filling and sit on top of a shortbread bottom.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Kitchen
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 644 kcal


  • Electric hand mixer with beaters
  • Home Decor
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 9x13 cake pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooking spray


Shortbread crust

  • 1 cup butter room temperature, 2 sticks
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed firmly
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour

Apple crisp filling

  • 6 cups apples peeled, sliced and cored
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Oatmeal topping

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature cut into cubes
  • cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


Shortbread crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper, allowing it to overhang on the sides. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and both sugars until fluffy. Then add the flour and beat until all of the flour is combined. The dough will be crumbly and that is normal.
  • Press the dough evenly into the 9x13 cake pan. Bake for 15 minutes. It won't be completely done but will finish baking with the rest of the dessert on top.
    apple crisp bars with shortbread crust

Apple crisp filling

  • In a large bowl, combine all the apples and lemon juice and toss to coat. Add in the cinnamon, flour, and sugar. Toss until all the apples are evenly coated. Arrange the apples in your pan on top of shortbread crust.
    apple crisp bars with shortbread crust

Oatmeal topping

  • Cut the butter into cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, both sugars, cinnamon and flour. Add in the cubed butter and using a pastry blender, cut the butter into all the dry ingredients until mixture is a coarse texture.
    apple crisp bars with shortbread crust
  • Sprinkle topping evenly on top of apples.
    apple crisp bars with shortbread crust
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack. Wait an hour before slicing and serving.
    apple crisp bars with shortbread crust


      • 6 cups is about 6 medium apples
      • For best tasting results, I used granny smith apples
      • Bars can be at room temperature for 48 hours as long as they are covered with foil.
      • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Serving: 12peopleCalories: 644kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 6gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 279mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 4gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 979IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
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