Dutch Apple Pie Bars

Dutch Apple Pie Bars

I am totally and completely infatuated with fall. From pumpkin, apples and cinnamon to jeans, hoodies, football and everything in between… I love it all. It’s such a cozy time of year and I love the warmth that it brings, even though the days grow chillier. I’ve always loved apple pie, but have long been partial to the Dutch version. As much as I love pie crust, I just can’t resist the crumble topping of a Dutch apple pie. As much as I enjoy making a homemade pie , I love bar desserts for their ease of assembly and the ability to just grab one and eat it standing up. All of the same fabulous flavor without the need for a plate and fork. These bars are a perfect alternative to dutch apple pie, from the crust to the spiced apples and the buttery crumble. Not only can you eat them on the go, but you won’t feel nearly as bad about eating two or three of these, as opposed to two or three pieces of pie… that’s always a bonus! One year ago: Salted Caramel Cashew Bark Two years ago: Pittsburgh Steelers Football Jersey Cookies Three years ago: The Famed Neiman Marcus Cookies Five years ago: Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • 8 ounces (4 cups) animal crackers
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Streusel:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt

Directions

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