Red Apple Butter Bars Recipe
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Red Apple Butter Bars Recipe

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Fall means apple-picking time, and we love using the fresh fruit to bake up these bars. The streusel on top makes them even better. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, melted
  • 2 medium apples, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups apple butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; stir in butter. Reserve 1-1/3 cups crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Sprinkle apples over crust; spread with apple butter. Stir walnuts into reserved topping; sprinkle over apple butter. Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.
Originally published as Red Apple Butter Bars in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2015, p244

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 256715
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2016

"Delicious! My husband said it tasted like pie, but better because of the streusel. I used pumpkin butter instead of apple butter, as we had a large batch of TOH Pumpkin Butter - highly recommend that recipe, too! The pumpkin complemented the apples well. It worked just fine with homemade pumpkin butter (referring to note that it was tested with commercial type). I will make this with apple butter sometime too. The only tweak I will make in the future is to combine the apples with the pumpkin / apple butter and spread it on top of the crust. It was a little hard to spread it evenly on top of the apples."

bicktasw User ID: 4201818 255011
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"These apple butter bars are delicious! My neighbor made them and I just had to submit a favorable review. She used 3 small apples instead of 2 medium size apples, but, other than that, followed the recipe exactly. I will be making them in the future ... they are truly a taste of Fall!"

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