apple crumble bars

September 30, 2013

in Bars & Bites

A winning dessert is one you are forced to hide from yourself so that you won’t eat the entire pan in one sitting. These bars are that kind of dessert: caramelized apple slices plus layers of cinnamon-graham crumbs and a sprinkle of toffee bits all lead to a fine apple crumble, albeit in bar form.

Apple Crumble Bars | Tutti Dolci

A few notes: I kept things rustic and left my apples unpeeled; sweet-tart varieties like Honeycrisp or Braeburn are ideal here. If you’d like to make your own apple butter for the filling, here’s a homemade sugar-free recipe.

Apple Crumble Bars | Tutti Dolci

Apple Crumble Bars
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup graham flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Filling & Topping
1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 cup thinly sliced apples
1/4 cup apple butter
2 Tbsp toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Combine melted butter, sugars, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture and fold in until incorporated. Reserve 1/2 cup of dough for topping; press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish.

Melt butter and brown sugar in a skillet over medium heat. Add apples and sauté until golden and slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Use a small spatula to spread apple butter over dough; top with caramelized apples. Crumble remaining dough over filling; sprinkle with toffee bits. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until golden. Cool completely in baking dish on a rack, then cut into bars with a sharp knife. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 bars
Calories – 190 (per bar)
Carbs – 27

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40 Comments

1 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet September 30, 2013

I need to try graham flour in baking. Sounds fabulous! These bars are getting pinned :)

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2 Sue/the view from great island September 30, 2013

You and I have the exact same taste buds, I swear. I’m planning an apple crumble for next week…what a perfect fall morning snack. I miss apple picking in New Hampshire, her in CA the apples just aren’t the same. Have a wonderful week!

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3 Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) September 30, 2013

Oh gosh those are so gorgeous! I seriously want one right now!

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4 Ash-foodfashionparty September 30, 2013

Rustic is great. These bars are to die for, craving some now.

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5 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts September 30, 2013

I am loving apples and all things fall right now. The crumble on these looks fantastic!

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6 Deb September 30, 2013

HoneyCrisp are the best tasting apples! I understand completely, there is no way I could eat only one square of the Apple Crumble Bars. Just to scrumptious!

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7 Valerie September 30, 2013

Yes – I love leaving the apples unpeeled in recipes (extra flavour & texture!). These bars look irresistible!!

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8 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen September 30, 2013

Beautiful apple bars, Laura! I just adore Honeycrisp apples. They’re my all-time favorite variety…they taste like “apple cider apples”, LOL! Love that you used your favorite graham flour to put your spin on enhancing the flavors along with brown sugar and toffee bits. Spectacular recipe, girl…thanks for sharing!

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9 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 30, 2013

I’m ready to make these for a picnic. Now that summer’s here I’m always looking for something new to take to a picnic or bbq.

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10 Maria@PinkPatisserie September 30, 2013

What a great combination Laura! And the toffee bits, I love that idea!! I’d have to hide these too. :)

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11 The Café Sucre Farine September 30, 2013

Hiding these would not be enough for me Laura, I would need them to be under lock and key. They sound amazing, apples and crumbles like this alway call my name ………. yum!

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12 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) September 30, 2013

I would be a happy girl eating any of your desserts but I think I love your crumble bars the most. The fact that you used apple in these just makes me love them even more. :)

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13 Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking September 30, 2013

Ahhmazing! LOVe them Laura…in fact I would love few right now!!!

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14 Tieghan September 30, 2013

So pretty and I love bars of any kind! Very easy to eat and take as snacks on the go!

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15 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 30, 2013

These are the best bars ever! Love the toffee addition in the filling – my ultimate weakness. Pinned!

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16 Lora @cakeduchess October 1, 2013

I would have to hide them from myself since apple desserts are my favorite. I have to bake my next bars with graham flour. Looks fantastic, Laura!

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17 Patty October 1, 2013

Wow, I wish I had a few of these apple crumb bars ;)
Gorgeous cookies…inspiring me to bake with apples ;)

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18 ashley - baker by nature October 1, 2013

We are going apple picking this weekend so I think these beautiful bars are in our near, near future ;) YAY!!!

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19 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough October 1, 2013

These look just fantastic. The sprinkle of toffee bits really did me in!

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20 Cristina October 1, 2013

Great crumbly topping. Like that you kept the apples unpeeled, will have to try that! A great Fall (or anytime of the year) dessert and treat. :D

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21 Kate from Scratch October 1, 2013

love these! The apple butter filling is genius.

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22 Liz October 1, 2013

Oh, my gosh, I”d be hiding these, too. I love, love apple desserts and adding toffee bits makes these extraordinary!

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23 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious October 1, 2013

Yumm! Perfect for my 10 cups of coffee a day habit :)

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24 Susan October 1, 2013

Wow, Laura – these look & sound amazing!

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25 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 1, 2013

These are pretty much the perfect fall dessert, I think. :) Love the crumble on top!

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26 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} October 1, 2013

WOW – these look and sound simply amazing! I would probably eat half the pan in one sitting. Saving to make later! You make the best bar cookies Laura!

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27 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme October 1, 2013

I love everything about these!

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28 marina October 1, 2013

So perfect for fall! Yay, I haven’t made any apple goodies yet. Now I know what to make!

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29 Sarah | The Sugar Hit October 1, 2013

I am so into these apple bars. Mainly because the one problem with pie is it’s portability.

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30 Kate@Diethood October 1, 2013

I would definitely have to hide these from me!! My goodness, they look incredible!

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31 Gourmantine October 2, 2013

Oh, these look fabulous, just fabulous!

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32 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 2, 2013

My daughter learned about apples whole week last week in her kindergarten and everyday she’s talking about apples and some recipes. I think this crumble bars look so good that she and I should bake and eat together! I love crumbles and need extra… :D

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33 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 2, 2013

LOVE the apple butter in the crumble. Yum!!

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34 Suzanne October 2, 2013

Another delicious crumb bar you’ve created, I love how these crumbly the top is beautiful!

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35 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 3, 2013

I can’t resist a streusel crumb and the slices of apple! I hope this comment works because mine yesterday wouldn’t go through :(

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36 Anne@FromMySweetHeart October 3, 2013

Wow, Laura…every good thing that goes with apples are in this one bite! Beautiful!

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37 Dina October 3, 2013

they look yummy!

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38 suzanne Perazzini October 5, 2013

I make too many of those dishes – the dangerous ones that beg to be eaten.

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39 Rosa October 7, 2013

Exquisitely appley! Those are great fall/winter bars.

Cheers,

Rosa

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40 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 12, 2013

Aaah! You linked to my apple butter. Thank you so much! :)

These bars looks amazing. I think I need to make a whole grain version, right? ;)

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