how to make apple crumble bars

Easy Apple Crumble Bars

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 65 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop, Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe for easy apple crumble bars has all the flavor of apple pie, but easier to make and even easier to serve! Welcome to your favorite fall dessert!


For the bars

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cup cold butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

For the topping

  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 3 pounds apples, cored and chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¾ cup brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 13/9 inch pan with foil, letting some of the foil hang over the sides.  Spray with cooking spray.
  2. Put flour and sugar in your food processor and pulse a few times. Cut butter into 8 pieces per stick and add to food processor.Pulse until well combined and the flour mixture looks sandy.
  3. Scoop out 1 ½ cups of the flour mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in walnuts, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon nutmeg. Smoosh the mixture together into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge.
  4. Put the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and press it until it is even and comes up just a little along the sides. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. While the crust is baking, make the apple filling: Melt ¼ cup of butter over medium high heat in a large skillet and add the apples, cinnamon and allspice and stir for a few minutes.Add the sugar and stir for another 15 minutes or so, until the apples are tender and any liquid from the apples has cooked off. (If you need to, strain the apples in a colander to get any remaining liquid out – you just want apples going into your gorgeous crust.)
  6. Spoon the apple mixture into the pan with the crust, making sure you spread it all the way to the sides. Take the walnut mixture out of the fridge and crumble it all over the top.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is nice and browned. Put the pan on a rack and let it cool completely before cutting it (I KNOW! SO HARD!). Carefully use the edges of the foil to lift the whole thing out and on to a cutting board and cut into squares.
  8. How many squares?  I like 2 inches by 2 inches, but you cut them as big or small as you like.  And hey, if you want to serve them up with some whipped cream or ice cream on top, I won’t tell!