Dutch Apple Pie Bars
If you really love apple pie bars with streusel topping, then these Dutch Apple Pie Bars are for you! Made with some shortcuts, these apple bars with streusel topping are an easy option for a delicious apple dessert, a holiday dinner or a pot-luck!
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What’s your favorite pie? I have a particular love for my Mom’s Famous Coconut Cream Pie, and I always go for a big slice of Pumpkin Meringue Pie on Thanksgiving. If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you that apple pie is his absolute favorite.
I love apple pie as well, but I particularly love Dutch Apple Pie, as that cinnamon sugar crumble is the perfect topping for the delicious apples below. With adding some chopped pecans, these Dutch Apple Pie Bars are the perfect easy apple pie bar recipe that brings together both of our preferences.
Here’s the easy steps (and a big shortcut!) to creating these delicious Apple Pie Bars with Streusel Topping!
Step 1: Place the Crust in a 15″x10″ pan
One of my favorite short-cuts to making these bars is using a package of refrigerated pie crust. I personally love using refrigerated pie crusts, as it’s such a time-saver. For this crust you’ll let it come to room temperature, and remove from the packaging. Flour a flat surface, and place the pie crust rounds one on top of the other. With a floured rolling pin, roll out to a rectangle, approximately 17″ by 12″.
Step 2: Prep the Apples
In a large bowl, add the peeled and sliced apples. In a smaller bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and then sprinkle over the tops of the apples and stirring well to make sure all of the apples are evenly coated.
Which apples are best for baking?
- According to Bon Appetit Magazine, the best apples for baking are Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp (my personal fave!), Braeburn, Mutsu, Winesap and Pink Lady.
Step 3: Place the apples into the Crust
Once the apples are coated in the sugar mixture, place them evenly into the crust.
Step 4: Create the Pecan Streusel
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter pieces and mix together with a pastry blender or fork. Mixture should be crumbly. Add in the pecans, and mix together.
Step 5: Add the Pecan Streusel over the top of the Apples
Next, sprinkle the streusel evenly over the tops of the apples. Next, bake the bars for 30-35 minutes at 425 degrees or until golden brown. Keep an eye on the bars for the last 5 minutes or so, as the pecans tend to toast and become over-browned if left in the oven too long.
Cover the bars with a loose fitting piece of aluminum foil over the top. This will help prevent the crust and topping from over-browning.
Once the bars come out of the oven, they’ll be beautifully golden brown. Let the bars come to room temperature.
Step 6: Ice the Apple Pie Bars
Before slicing into squares, mix together some icing by combining powdered sugar and milk. Add the milk gradually to the powdered sugar and stir until it a medium thickness, but able to drizzle. Drizzle over the bars.
FYI – the icing is an optional component to this recipe. If you would prefer leaving it off, and adding whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to your bars, that’s a great option as well.
Step 7: Slice and Serve
Once you’ve iced the Dutch Apple Pie Bars, slice into squares and serve right away. These make for a fabulous dessert for a holiday dinner, a great treat to share at a potluck or perfect anytime you’re in the mood for a delicious apple treat!
What can I top these apple pie bars with when serving?
- Apple pie bars are fantastic with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream. I personally like these served warm, as is. The icing on top of the bars provides the little extra amount of sweetness.
Here’s a quick-reference grocery list of the ingredients you’ll need to make these yummy Dutch Apple Pie Bars:
- 1 box (2 crusts total) of refrigerated pie crust
- Granulated Sugar
- All-purpose Flour
- Apples (about 8-9 medium apples)
- Light Brown Sugar
- Powdered Sugar
(For exact amounts and recipe directions, please reference the recipe below.)
How long will these apple pie bars last?
- These apple pie bars can be left out at room temperature to cool after baking and serving. If you have leftovers, they are best covered in an airtight container and refrigerated. Refrigerated they will last a few days.
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Here’s the recipe for these fantastic Dutch Apple Pie Bars:
- 8 c. peeled and sliced apples (about 8 medium apples)
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1/4 c. all-purpose flour (for rolling the crust)
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 box, refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts in box), room temperature
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c. light brown sugar
- 1/2 c. quick oatmeal (dry/uncooked)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
- 1/2 c. chopped pecans
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp. milk
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove both pie crusts from packaging. On a floured surface, unroll the crusts and stack on top of each other. With a floured rolling pin, roll out into a large rectangle that's approximately 17"x12".
- Place the crust into a 15"x10" baking pan, and fold the crust over the edges.
- In a large bowl, add the peeled and sliced apples. In a smaller bowl, mix together the 1/2 c. granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples, stirring the apples to coat evenly. Place the coated apples evenly into the crust.
- In a bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter pieces, and blend together with a pastry blender or a fork, until crumbly. Add the chopped pecans and stir together. Crumble evenly over the top of the apples.
- Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.
For the icing:
- In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, and gradually add in the milk. Stir until a frosting like consistency that can be drizzled. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cooled bars. Slice and serve.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.
The glaze on these bars is completely optional. If you prefer, serve these with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream instead.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3648Total Fat: 140gSaturated Fat: 64gCholesterol: 247mgSodium: 800mgCarbohydrates: 609gSugar: 444gProtein: 26g