Apple crumble topping is so much easier than traditional pie crust. Simply pinch small portions of it over these deliciously easy apple pie bars or your favorite apple pie recipe! It bakes up golden brown, light and crispy.
Handyman Tim has been begging me to learn how to make homemade apple pie for as long as I can remember. Pie crust is notoriously tricky to make from scratch and it has always scared me away from attempting that dessert.
I make a wicked awesome apple crisp that his mom and mine both go totally crazy over but apple crisps are made with oats and have a distinctly chewy crunch. What Tim is looking for is a light and flaky pie crust covering sweet and juicy apples.
I finally found my solution!
These light and delicate apple pie bars have the most perfect apple crumble topping. The dough uses just three ingredients and is so easy your kids could totally help you bake these up for Thanksgiving.
While you could make this entire recipe for a sweet and easy Thanksgiving treat, you could also just use the apple crumble topping recipe to finish off your own favorite apple pie. Maybe use a store-bought pie crust for the bottom, fill it with your favorite apple pie filling, and then whip up the crumble topping to finish it off.
The original recipe that inspired these apple crumble bars involved a from-scratch caramel sauce. I've made homemade caramel dozens of times without fail and this was the very first time I had the sugar seize up and turn to sand.
I removed the caramel element from the filling and created a tart apple base using fresh cider, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
For the finishing touch, we served them with a drizzle of caramel sauce right over the top. You could use homemade OR store bought caramel sauce for these apple pie bars to keep it extra easy.
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