Glazed Apple Pie Bars Recipe
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Glazed Apple Pie Bars Recipe

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This is only one of many wonderful recipes that my mother handed down to me. With their flaky crust and scrumptious fruit filling, these delicious bars are the perfect way to serve apple pie to a crowd.—Janet English, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 to 10 tablespoons cold water
  • 7 cups finely chopped peeled apples
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 267 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks, lemon juice and water; gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide in half. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out one portion of dough between two large sheets of waxed paper into a 17-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Press pastry onto bottom and up sides of pan; trim even with top edge.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; spread into crust. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pan; place over filling. Brush edges with water or milk; pinch to seal. Cut slits in top.
  4. Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over bars. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Apple Pie Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p27

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katielw77 User ID: 7523285 257162
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"These bars are delicious and always a hit. They're a little extra work because of rolling out the dough but it is well worth the effort! The dough is slightly different from your traditional pie crust dough but so much better! They're like yummy apple pie in a bar you can just pick up and eat! Great recipe that I use every year for Thanksgiving!!!"

Saybeebisber User ID: 6255487 244102
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"This is such a wonderful recipe on so many levels. I am making platters for a funeral and this is my "go to" recipe for a crowd. I can cut them up small and they go further. You can also use the crust recipe for all of your favorite TOH pot pie recipes. I am using 3 out of the 4 items on my platters from Taste of Home. Thank you for such yummy recipes to choose from."

Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 231681
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"Having never made a pie before, this turned out fabulously! I used gala apples and let the bars cool completely overnight before glazing/cutting the bars. My bars looked just like the picture above - and received rave reviews from everyone who tried them!"

peanutsnona76 User ID: 8027573 222572
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"Have made this wonderful recipe since it came out in '02. Fantastic. Has always turned out beautifully. As with just about any recipe you can adjust spices and (usually) sweetener to taste. Types of apples vary in sweetness and texture, and some are better for baking than others. I certainly wouldn't delete this recipe- common sense would dictate an an adjustment as mentioned above to impart it with enough "apple pie taste" for each baker's tastes."

martylb User ID: 1456305 218852
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Tastes just like apple pie, but smaller servings than pie, which is nice. I would recommend using Granny Smith apples to get around the sweetness and runniness others mentioned. My filling came out perfect, just like the photo. Definitely a keeper."

nancylhoekstra User ID: 2039411 217349
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"perfect and easy"

kennedy009 User ID: 8090538 115516
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"I am giving this recipe only 3 stars because overall it did not come together as a whole. There were elements to this dessert that did not turm out for me and I followed the exact recipe. My crust turned out perfect though and it was my first time making crust! The apple apple center was EXTREMELY sweet and cinnomony (I would recommend using less), and the center was extremely runny (as if it had never set up properly) when I cut into the next day after baking it. The center poured out of the crust. What went wrong I wonder? When I was preping the dessert I had wondered about the combination of ingredients and I felt it needed something more to bind the center ingredients. I would not make this again because for as much time as it took to prep, I would have expected a better overall end result. Kudos to the recipe though because I certainly will use the crust ingredients again in the future for other desserts."

anitamm User ID: 7158753 38631
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"I made a thicker glaze,tripled it and poured it over the entire pie! DELICIOUS!!!"

jackie.baker User ID: 3555282 136018
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"The dough is a little difficult to work with but using the parchment to roll it between helps. These squares taste great though :)"

melgrain35 User ID: 6718398 131341
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"YUMMY! This is just what I was looking for. Thank you for the really great recipe!!!!!"

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