Apple Pie Bars Recipe

Here are the ingredients that you need to make these fall inspired treats:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4sticks unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c.granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 large Honey Crisp apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. light brown sugar 
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp. milk or heavy cream


Here are the instructions that you need to follow to make this recipe:

  1. For the crust and topping: Preheat the oven to 350˚. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes, until combined and airy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the flour and salt to the bowl and mix at low speed until combined.
  3. With lightly moistened hands, press about 3/4 of the crust mixture along the bottom and slightly up the sides of your prepared pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Place the remaining 1/4 of the crust mixture (about 1 1/2 cups) in the fridge until needed.
  4. Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  5. For the filling: Toss the apple slices and vinegar together in a large bowl. Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, apple pie spice, and salt and toss well to coat. Spread the apples evenly over the crust, leaving a small border around the edges.
  6. Tear the reserved crust mixture into small pieces. Using your hands, combine the pecans with the dough and scatter the mixture evenly over top of the apples. Bake for 1 hour, rotating pan halfway through, until the apples are fork-tender and the topping is golden brown. Cool completely in the pan, about 1 to 2 hours.
  7. For the glaze: Combine the maple syrup, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk or cream in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined and smooth. Once the bars are cool, lift from the pan using the parchment paper overhang and place on a cutting board. Drizzle evenly with the glaze. Cut into squares and serve.