Craving apple pie, but don’t want to do all the work? You must try these homemade apple pie bars! They are SO yummy! If you love apple cobbler and apple pie you will LOVE these. They are somewhat a combination of the two. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you will instantly win new friends (or keep them)! ;)
My son helped me bake these apple pie bars and it was HIS idea to add the orange clementine. He insisted, so I thought what the heck? It ended up adding the perfect touch. It makes these bars just a little bit more sweet and everyone loved it! If you don’t like your desserts super sweet, you can leave out the orange.
1 stick salted butter, softened (cut into one inch pieces)
For the filling:
5 apples (cored, peeled and diced)
1 clementine orange (peeled and diced) -optional
5 TB sugar
2 TB brown sugar
3 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TB fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup apple jelly (can substitute for jam)
For the topping:
1/2 cup flour
2 TB sugar
1 TB brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
4 TB butter, softened (cut into 1 inch pieces)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil and set aside.
In a large pan combine the apples, jelly, sugar and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
While the apples are cooking, combine the cornstarch and lemon juice in a small bowl. Combine with apple mixture and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, or until apples are tender.
For the crust, combine the flour, sugar and butter in a small bowl. Mix with a fork until the mixture forms crumbs. Press into the 9x13 pan and then bake for 10 minutes. Once the edges are lightly browned, remove from oven and top with apple mixture.
In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients and mix with a fork until the mixture forms crumbs. Spread crumb mixture on top of the apple mixture and bake bars for additional 25-30 minutes.
Once golden brown, remove from heat and allow to cool. These apple pie bars taste best while warm and topped with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!