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Glazed Apple Pie Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


about 2 dozen

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


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 large 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


  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 17x12-in. rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased 15x10x1-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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • Jackie
    Sep 27, 2020

    Made these today and they are wonderful. Thanks for sharing a fantastic recipe.

  • Kris
    Sep 17, 2020

    I would recommend that u don't chill the dough way easier to work with warm.the recipe is a keeper thanks for sharing. Will make again.

  • Sharon
    Jan 31, 2019

    My mother made this recipe from an old cookbook for over 60 years. Now I make it for the residents at the assisted living facility where I work and they all love it.

  • BakerDeborah
    Nov 18, 2018

    I've been making a version of pie bars for many years, but lost my recipe. This is the closest that I've found, and so happy that I have. The biggest difference is that I use a 1/4 cup of tapioca granules, and it never occurred to me to glaze them. Thanx for the recipe!

  • ayya
    Jan 22, 2018

    Has anyone tried to freeze these bars? If yes plz tell me if they were still good and if they shud be frozen before or after baking. TIA

  • Jay
    Oct 31, 2017

    Delicious! Love apple pie squares, and these were as good as any. Plus this was a good and easy recipe to modify. We went gluten free several months ago for health reasons, but used a combo of coconut, almond, tapioca and AP flour (gf) for crust. Also used tapioca flour for filling. Turned out wonderful, flaky and delicious. Unfortunately, some folks need to remember that most recipes are "guidelines" and need to be modified to meet your needs and desires--I.e. if you don't like things sweet, use less sugar; and if you don't like things very strong in cinnamon, use Less, or vice versa. You need to be able to do that in order to cook anything to your taste and liking.These were so good, that nobody that wasn't gluten free could tell that they were gf. And they were enjoyed by all!

  • katielw77
    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!!!

  • tt2b123
    Jul 9, 2016

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  • Saybeebisber
    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
    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!