Apple Crumb Bars

Sitting here at the island enjoying my cup of tea and one; OK more than one apple crumb bar. They are really good and if you have any leftover apples, around 5-7 small to medium apples you should make these today. I added more apples (10) than I probably should have to make it easier to eat but I am not complaining. Actually just mentioned this to my husband, who just grabbed another one, and he said naw they are perfect. Then I explained what I meant and he kind of agreed. So I guess you choose, either way I will make these again without question.

I found the recipe in Fall Baking magazine I bought for the plane ride home from San Francisco a few weeks ago and glad I did. I marked 8 pages for things I hope to make. We’ll see I mark up SO many food things I want to try I don’t know if I would ever have enough time to make them all.

keeping with the topic of what I am doing, my husband just walked by with a load of laundry to hang outside. While I love my bed sheets fresh off the line, I see frost out there. I guess we’ll see at the end of the day how this goes. We did just put our garlic in the ground late yesterday so I do hope it heats up during the day for a few more days.

Apple Crumb Bars

Bring these to the next potluck or family gathering and be the hit of the party
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 9x13 baking pan


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • cup old-fashioned oats
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • cup cold butter divided
  • 5-6 cups apples peeled, sliced thin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • preheat oven to 350°F. grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  • in a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda; cut in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 2 cups of this for the topping. Press the remaining into the prepared baking dish. Arrange sliced apples over the top.
  • in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, vanilla and the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Bring to a boil, cook while stirring for 2 minutes or until it thickens; pour over the apples. Sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture.
  • bake until the top is lightly browned, 35-45 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wired rack.
Keyword apple crumb bars, apples, crumb topping

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