Apple Crumb Bars Recipe

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This has been a favorite recipe of mine for many years. I've made these apple bars for parties and for family, and they're always a hit.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups cold butter, divided
  • 5 to 6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 174 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 94 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda; cut in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 2 cups for topping. Press remaining crumbs into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Arrange apples over top; set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, vanilla and remaining butter. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly; spread over apples. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Originally published as Apple Crumb Bars in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p54

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Reviewed May. 14, 2015

"This is awesome!! Will be making it again!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

"This is absolutely delicious!! I followed the recipe exactly, and they came out perfect . This is my new go to desert !"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"I made these last week in the 13x9 pan and my husband ate 3/4 of them in 2 days! I will add a 1 tbsp. More of butter to the crumb mixture to cut in since it was slightly dry. The best apple bar recipe I have ever made by far."

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"I haven't had this one but i will try it love the name"

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"I made these bars last week and my husband is already asking me to make them again. I did add 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the recipe though. The bars are awesome."

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