Apple pie shortbread squares give you the incredible flavor of apple pie in an easy-to-make cookie bar. This apple pie bar recipe comes together in just a few minutes, and you can easily pick up a square for snacking at a potluck get-together (rather than bothering with a plate and fork, as you would with a traditional pie).
I’m a serious apple pie fiend. I’ve tried it every way you can imagine, even the unconventional. Give me your old-school lard crusts, and I love it.
Make it savory by adding in sage and brie and it’ll be my dinner all week. When I came across a scrumptious summer recipe for blackcurrant shortbread squares, I decided to give it a fall dessert twist using fresh apples. Thus, apple pie shortbread squares were born!
This is a really easy apple square recipe because everything happens in one bowl.
The topping and base are the exact same thing, but the shortbread square base is pressed into the pan, while the topping is sprinkled on so that it forms crisp little bits with toasty brown edges on top. Just look at those tasty nooks and crannies…
The apple pie filling has just enough spice to give it a bit of warmth, but the dominant flavors come from the apples.
Since these are typically made with jam rather than fresh fruit, the filling has a bit more sugar than I’d normally use for a pie, but that helps the sugars and juices caramelize together, and it complements the very lightly sweetened shortbread square base.
The original recipe had a lot of strange measurements, like one cup plus 3 tablespoons. It also had several different baking steps, where one part was baked at one temperature, then more assembly, then more baking. To heck with that.
No crazy measurements and everything gets stuffed into the pan in this easy apple bar recipe. There’s no need to complicate things, and they come out perfectly.
Crust and Topping
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