Thursday, October 19, 2017

Apple Pie Bars

Today's recipe share is a wonderful tried and true from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. This simple and absolutely delicious recipe was whipped up in my sister's kitchen during my visit to Alaska. If you are looking for a great apple dessert, give this one a try, you will not be disappointed!

Easier than apple pie - these apple pie bars have an amazing short bread bottom crust and shortbread crumble topping, with a perfect apple filling in the middle. A new family favorite that we will be making for years to come.

These apple pie bars are sturdy and handled easily without falling apart, which is an added plus. They're perfect for family gatherings and potlucks. You can make them a day ahead and because they are so sturdy, they travel well. They keep on the counter for up to three days, if they last that long.   

How good are these apple pie bars? Let me count the ways...that shortbread bottom crust and crumble on top. Oh my!!!

Ina's recipe has the perfect mixture of tart and sweet apples, using Granny Smith and Golden Delicious, with the perfect amount of sugar and spices. Not too sweet, not too tart, just right. Perfection.  

These bars are a must try this holiday season! 

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The Apple Pie Bars recipe can be found in Ina Garten's Cookbook, Cooking For Jeffrey. You can get your own copy through my affiliate link on Amazon. Be sure to read the rave reviews. This is a great one to have in your kitchen, with too many wonderful recipes to count. It also would make a terrific gift.

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Apple Pie Bars 

Recipe from Ina Garten - Barefoot Contessa 


Shortbread Bottom Crust and Crumble Topping
  • 4 sticks of butter (1 pound), unsalted, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced 1/8 inch thick (3 large)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced 1/8 inch thick (3 large)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, unsalted

For the directions to this wonderful recipe, please head to Ina Garten's site, Barefoot Contessa

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharing this recipe at Weekend Potluck.


Pamela S said...

These look amazing! I have my Foodnetwork magazine out waiting to make this recipe! Been looking at it for days. I am having company this week-end so was planning on making them.

Anonymous said...

What does the crust contain? Flour sugar and butter?

Anonymous said...

Can you make these a day in advance? If so, how should they be stored?