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Red Apple Butter Bars

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
    2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.

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  • Kathicryo
    Jun 22, 2020

    I followed the recipe and we loved it!

  • Diane
    Oct 28, 2019

    Too much crumb and too much apple butter. I actually made the entire amount of "crumb" mixture, but wisely chose not to use but about half of it. Had I used it all, the crust would have been an inch thick, and the topping would have had some "soggy" crumb because it would have been covered by other "crumb." Also, the amount of filling should have been about half of what was called for. And, yes, I used a 13x9 baking dish. I mean, think about it: 3 cups of flour, 2 cups of oats, and 2 cups of brown sugar? That makes a heckuva lot of "crumb" mixture! Enough for two 13x9 dishes, I suspect! And with that much filling, well, just remember that apple butter has already been cooked, so it's not going to thicken or set up. It's a soft filling, and 1-1/2 cups of the stuff is about twice as much as these bars should have. I might make them again someday, but will make half the amount of crumb mixture and half the amount of filling. I can't believe this was "Test Kitchen Approved"!

  • sparkplug9902
    Nov 11, 2017

    These apple butter bars were really good. I made the recipe as written and was very happy with the results. They are a great fall treat.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    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
    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!