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Apple Kuchen Bars Recipe

Apple Kuchen Bars Recipe

This recipe is about family, comfort and simplicity. My mom made this delicious sweet treat many a winters night and served it up warm with some of her famous homemade ice cream. I like to make a double batch and pass on the love! —Elizabeth Monfort, Celina, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, divided
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (about 8 medium)
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place 2 cups flour and salt in a food processor; pulse until blended. Add 1 cup butter; pulse until butter is the size of peas. While pulsing, add just enough ice water to form moist crumbs. Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine apples, 1 cup sugar and cinnamon; toss to coat. Spoon over crust. Place remaining flour, butter and sugar in food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle over apples. Bake 60-70 minutes or until golden brown and apples are tender. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 240 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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sjsFLORIDA User ID: 7199720 256534
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2016

"This is my FAVORITE pie recipe and so easy. I do add an extra couple of apples and more cinnamon."

Dlaboriel User ID: 6778126 256183
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"Made this for a family dinner? It was easy and a big hit. I also used a pastry blender."

CarolynRM User ID: 4337817 255991
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2016

"Wonderful! Used a pastry blender by hand to mix. easy to cut recipe in half and make in a 8x8 or 7x10 pan."

Bonnie.20.07 User ID: 8944311 254997
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"I found this recipe easy to follow and make. Had some of my family over at the weekend and it was very well received by everyone. Definitely a recipe I will be making often."

Roommom User ID: 7849217 234966
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"Wonderful! I used a pastry blender instead of a food processor. Huge hit with the entire family"

Cookie65 User ID: 1332004 232591
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"DebbieEastham - I haven't made this particular recipe, but I would recommend using a pastry blender - it sounds pretty much like making pie crust. Combine flour and salt, cut in butter with a pastry blender until it is in chunks the size of small peas, then add ice water a Tbsp at a time, just until you have moist crumbs. Should work just fine."

bitsys0525 User ID: 5170612 232216
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"To garc9926. Recipe calls for 3c. Flour 1 1/2 c. Of butter. 2 c. Flour & 1 c. Of butter are used for bottom crust . The remaining 1 c. Flour & 1/2 c. Of butter are for the top"

garc9926 User ID: 8523535 232190
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"When I pull up this recipe it does not list ingredients so when it says to place remaining flour, butter and sugar in food processor I don't know how much to use. Can someone list those amounts please?"

DebbieEastham User ID: 8151595 232177
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"I was wondering how to make this without a food processor?"

Val78 User ID: 7582865 222965
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"Sounds amazing, would definitely add some toasted walnuts.!!"

piepan User ID: 3022496 218867
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"I made this over the weekend and made it exactly as written. Is it possible to give a recipe six stars? Delicious!"

menicki User ID: 87508 218626
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I make this all the time as I have a yellow delicious apple tree and also a Gala apple tree,

Instead of using all white sugar,I use 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 brown sugar and also add about 1/2 cup of Karo syrup to mine. it is delicious."

sistermarlo User ID: 7355921 218372
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"This sounds like an easy and delicious dessert. One thing I would substitute is brown sugar for white. I find that with apples, brown sugar adds a delicious twist. A little nutmeg wouldn't hurt either. I can't wait to try!"

Nessa.03 User ID: 7651380 218341
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"I love Granny Smith or braburn apples for cooking Apple treats. This looks delicious and I will definitely try!"

Lorrie Donahue User ID: 4347218 218287
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Really yummy, but too sweet. Maybe less sugar in the topping would help."

pbates57 User ID: 7767030 218279
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"I omitted the bottom crust & added approx 1/2 cup of oats & pecans to the top crumble & it was fantastic!!"

hill8233 User ID: 3372657 218239
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"What type of apple do you recommend?"

sallygirl7 User ID: 7182986 218146
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I really thought at first that this would be on the bland side and nothing to rave about. But after seeing how easy it was to make and how simply delicious the end result was...I'm impressive."

audrey39 User ID: 4709620 218136
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"What kind of apples did you feel worked best."

Halfthere User ID: 7881328 218134
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"This is a recipe my grandmother used nearly 100 years ago...without the processor, and I have made through 60 years of marriage. It is wonderful. The kind of apple used makes a huge difference."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 218116
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"This is delicious!! Just like the recipe I use, Could you pass along Mom's ice cream recipe? : ))"

Katechristiana User ID: 7679357 153270
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"I just made this. It was so easy and delicious. I may never make just apple pie again."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 139812
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"my Dad's favorite dessert! He is a huge fan!"

cookinama User ID: 5947968 199250
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"These are absolutely delicious ! So easy to make! Love it."

valarie1641 User ID: 6938517 200768
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"This are so simple to make. The taste is fantastic. Love them!"

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