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Finally making for the eighth day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies. Today we’ve got Apple Pie Crumble Bars and they were worth the wait. A shortbread base with an apple pie filling and topped with a crisp buttery topping. Where an Apple Pie meets a Crumble and becomes irresistible.

Apple Pie Crumble Bars

Today, a day late, I’m here with something pretty delicious. These Apple Pie Crumble Bars are truly amazing and you NEED to make them…pronto! If you love Apple Pie and Apple Crumble, these are for you!

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Apple Pie Crumble Bars

This is an updated version that’s been on the blog since 2015.  I’ve tweaked a few things and made them a whole lot better.  When I made these a few weeks back, they didn’t last long at all.  Silly, I thought I’d have some to stash in the freezer.  The cookie monsters went to work once again.  Looks like I’ll have to make more because I think I only got one or two for myself.  Never fails!

Apple Pie Crumble Bars

Ingredients For The Apple Pie Crumble Bars

So, let’s get started.  And like always, read the recipe to the end and get all our ingredients out in front of you.  Get that coffee, tea or whatever, turn up the tunes and let’s start baking!

Apple Pie Crumble Bars

Okay, now that you’ve read the recipe, right?  Time to get started.  And like all bar cookies, we work from the bottom up. 

  • Have ready your 8 x 8 baking tin.  Grease and line it with parchment paper.  And don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Now, let’s make the base.
  • You’ll mix together flour, sugar and spices (as seen in recipe below), until you have a crumbly mixture like you see here.  Then press it into your prepared pan.  Make sure you press it firmly and evenly.  If you don’t press it in firm, it will likely fall apart when baked.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, just kind of like what I’ve got done here is just fine.  But firm is key with this base, so make sure you press it in firm. 

Bake it for about 10 – 12 minutes or until it’s slightly golden and puffed up a bit.  Remove from oven and leave to cool.

Multi Task When You Make these

To save time, get going on the filling when the base is in the oven.  I used 6 medium sized apples for this recipe.  Peel the apples, cut them in slices and then dice them up like shown here. 

Next up, time to cook the apples to make the delicious filling.  Which you can easily eat all by itself!  Place the apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Give a good stir and let cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until the apples are completely soft and golden.  Stir them occasionally through the cooking process so they don’t stick.  You may need to reduce the heat a little and add a tiny splash of water if they start to stick.

  • Here’s what you’ll have when you’re done.  Soft, golden and delicious apples. 
  • Evenly pour them over the cooled base and press them in evenly with the back of a spoon.

Finally onto the last step for these bar cookies

  • Make the crumble topping.  Much like the base but with the addition of oats as well.  Mix together the flour, sugar, oats, spices a butter in a medium mixing bowl.  Using your hands, mix it together until it becomes crumbly.  You don’t want to form it into a full on dough, just a crumbly mixture. 

Put The Mixture in the Baking Tray and get them Ready To Bake

  • Spread the crumble mixture all over the apples making sure the entire top is covered.  And again, press it down with your hand or the back of a spoon.  It doesn’t need to be firm like the base, but give it a gentle press all over the top. 
  • Bake these in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for about 20 – 25 minutes.  The top will be golden and the edges looking a little crisp. 
  • Remove from oven and place the tray on a cooling rack.  Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares.  Yes, that’s tricky.  I let them cool for two hours before attempting to cut them.  If you cut them too soon, they will likely start to fall apart.  The key is in waiting!

How To Cut Them Out

  • The best way to cut them it to lift the entire parchment paper out of the tray with the bars.  Place it on a large cutting board and use a big knife to do long even cuts.  It really doesn’t matter.  But this is the best way to get them around the same size.  I cut mine in rows of 5 which gave me 25 bar cookies.  They are quite filling and this size seems to be quite good.  You could always eat two or three or…..
  • These will keep on the counter for 2 – 3 days.  In the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for about a month.  Make them this December!
Apple Pie Crumble Bars

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A stack of Apple Pie Crumble Bars ready to store away or enjoy now!

a stack of apple pie crumble bars
Apple Pie Crumble Bars

Another great idea for these Apple Pie Crumble bars is gift giving. Personally, I love the idea of edible gifts. And who doesn’t love cookies during Christmas.

Apple Pie Crumble Bars

close up view of apple pie crumble bars
Apple Pie Crumble Bars

In the meantime, I hope you’re all enjoying the treats and can find some baking inspiration.  If you like these bars you will probably like my Classic Apple Pie or the Apple Crumble.  The pie is a bit of work but delicious.  The apple crumble is fantastic and easy!

crumble bars on a white table with Christmas decor and a mug of tea
Apple Pie Bars

Well, friends that sums up Day Eight of the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies.  I hope you enjoyed today’s treat and are looking forward the next one.  Tomorrow I’m bringing you a super easy non bake treat that takes just minutes to put together.  Balancing out the time consuming Apple Crumble Pie Bars from today!

And the song of choice for today is Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea.  Another 80s classic Christmas Tune that I listen to all the time.  If only they would build a bridge over the Atlantic, I’d could drive home for Christmas.  Easy, right?

Have a great day everyone.  I’ll be back tomorrow if technology is on my side!

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Apple Pie Crumble Bars

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Apple Pie Crumble Bars

Today we've got Apple Pie Crumble Bars and they were worth the wait. Where an Apple Pie meets a Crumble and becomes irresistible.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: bar cookies, christmas, cookies
Servings: 25 cookies
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Julia Pinney


For the base:

  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch salt

For the apple filling:

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 4-6 apples peeled and diced (size depending, if using large apples you will only need 4)
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon

For the crumb topping:

  • 3/4 Cup oats you can use either rolled oats, old fashioned oats or instant oats
  • 1/2 Cup flour
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 Cup butter


  • First make your base. Grease and line a 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Mix together the butter and sugar. Add in the dry ingredients until it comes together into a pastry like consistency. Press it into your prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 12 minutes. It should be just slightly brown at the edges. Remove from oven and leave to cool.
  • Make your apple filling by melting the butter and sugar in a skillet until slightly foamy. Add the apples and spices and leave to cook for about 10 – 15 minutes over a medium heat. The apples should be soft and no excess liquid in the pan. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then spread out over your base.
  • Finally, make your topping by cutting the butter into the dry ingredients. Use your fingertips to incorporate the butter into the dry mixture until it becomes crumbly. Evenly sprinkle the crumb mixture over the apples. Bake in your preheated 350 degree F oven for about 20-25 minutes. The crumble should be lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely before cutting into squares.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.


For best results.  Allow to cool completely in the pan on the counter.  Then cover and refrigerate for several hours before cutting. 
Nutrition Facts
Apple Pie Crumble Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 247IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 Comments on “Apple Pie Crumble Bars”

  1. Hello,

    Thank you for the recipe it looks delicious 🙂 what kind of oats did you use? And can I use quick cooking oats?

    • Hi, you can use old fashioned oats, rolled oats or instant oats. I’ve tried them all and didn’t notice any difference. I don’t to add it to the note section of the recipe. Hope this helps!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I picked apples this weekend and used 6 small to medium apples for this recipe. The apples were of different varieties. I know people will love these but I don’t want to share! Haha. I will definitely be making these again and make it a tradition to make them every fall!I doubled the recipe for the crust for a 9 X 13 inch pan.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe and your talents with us!

    • Thanks Rachel for your very kind reply. My son and I love these squares too. I can only imagine how delicious they are with freshly picked apples. Enjoy and have a wonderful fall!

  3. I just made this last night. I let it cool, then refrigerated it overnight thinking it’d be more of bar consistency. Although it’s delicious, mine didn’t really come out hardened enough to eat as a bar. You definitely have to eat it as a pie, with a fork. Mine falls apart if you try and pick it up.

    • Oh no, sorry that happened. I’m trying to think what happened. Assuming all the measurements were correct, they should hold. Is it possible they were under baked? That’s the only thing I can think of. I’ve been making these for several years now and they always hold after setting and cooling. Thanks for reaching out.

    • Hi Katherine, These will keep on the counter for 2 – 3 days. In the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for about a month. They are great bars, hope you like them too.

  4. 5 stars
    This has become a holiday staple especially after getting a half a bushel of apples from orchard when we went pick apples in October! I’ve made this probably about 5 times since then lol! Thank you!!

    • Yolanda, it makes me so happy that you enjoy these. Great that you have all those apples…wow! Thanks for your kind comment.

  5. 5 stars
    REALLY, REALLY GOOD!!! Delicious, in fact! I love the base and the apple filling flavers, and a great mix of textures. I’m going to try to add toasted nuts to the crumble part. I hate making pie crust so this is perfect. Thank you 😊


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