Apple Pie Bars (With Pastry or Streusel Topping)

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These apple pie bars make a rich, buttery apple pie big enough to serve a crowd.


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Pastry Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening or butter
  • 2 eggs – keep one whole, separate one into yolk and white
  • Milk – enough to make 2/3 cup

Apple Pie Filling

  • 8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. Make the crust: Cut together flour, salt and shortening into pea sized bits. Beat egg and egg yolk lightly, and add enough milk to make 2/3 cup. Blend eggs and milk into flour mixture to form pie dough.
  3. Roll out the crust into two 9×13 rectangles on lightly floured wax paper or pastry cloth. Line pan with one layer of crust.
  4. Prepare the apple pie filling. Mix together apples, sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Spread over bottom crust in pan, then add the top crust and pinch to seal. Brush top crust with reserved beaten egg white.
  5. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 75 minutes, until top is golden brown and apple filling is bubbling. Remove from oven and cool. Allow the apple pie bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares or bars. This helps the bars set and makes for easier cutting.
  6. Mix together icing ingredients and drizzle over bars.


If you prefer streusel topping, reduce the crust recipe by half and use only the bottom crust. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter until crumbly. Sprinkle this streusel topping evenly over the apple filling before baking.

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted