Hot apple crumble bars

This past fall, my team at work went apple picking. We went on a perfect day – it was a nice, cool autumn day with a slight breeze.  Definitely an apple-picking kind of day.

Since we went so late in the season, there were only two kinds of apples that were available for us to pick – Fuji and Pink Lady.  I think I harvested about 8 pounds of apples to take home, and the Fuji apples got eaten very quickly.  I had never had a Pink Lady before and thought that the tartness in the fruit would be better suited for baking rather than eating.

For this recipe, I opted to use the Pink Lady apples for this recipe that I found on Chocolate-Covered Katie.  Katie subs a lot of the ingredients to make it dairy- or gluten-free, but I opted for the full fat regular version.

These yummy appie-pie-like bars are best served while they are still warm, but I wouldn’t complain about eating some of these if they were chilled in the fridge or at room temperature. You can always heat a piece up in the microwave and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want. You may consider making a double batch since these will be gobbled up quickly!


Hot apple crumble bars

A small batch recipe for hot apple crumble bars
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Chilling time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bars
Servings: 4
Author: Eva Bakes


  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour or white flour, spelt, or oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped apples (8oz - I used two medium Pink Lady apples)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup or agave
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter or grease a 4x7 pan or glass dish (or any small pan).
  • Stir together the first eight ingredients, making sure to break the butter up really well so that little crumbs form.
  • Scoop 2/3 of the dough into the buttered dish, and press down firmly.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the other ingredients. Layer them into the pan, then top with the rest of the dough from the first pan and press down a bit.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 350 F, then cool at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars.


Source: adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie


1 Comment

  1. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    January 12, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    These look great! I love anything with apples in a dessert.

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