Crazy for Crust

Oct 23

Apple Butter Pie Bars

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I have decided I want to crown November “pie month”, or, more accurately, “crust month.” I mean, I’m sure that pie eating on Thanksgiving day is at an all time high. To me, “pie day” will forever be March 14…but I think the rest of the country disagrees with me.

In an effort to brainstorm pies for November, I asked my husband what kind of pie I should make. To which he promptly answered, “Apple Crumb Pie.”

Um, sweetie? I’ve already done that. Twice.

“Well, that’s my favorite,” he said.

Okay, again, thanks hun, but I need something I can actually post.

You know, something crazy with seven types of candy and that’s dipped in chocolate and covered with whipped cream.

When Musselman’s asked if I wanted to join in on trying their apple butter, I got an answer for my husband. I could make him some crumb apple bars.

{Now, I know it’s not November yet…consider this a teaser…maybe?}

The apple butter is delicious. The smell, oh my goodness. It makes you conjure apple orchards and family all in one sniff.

I pre-baked the shortbread crust, then spread the apple butter on it’s already warm goodness. The smell almost made me drool all over the pan, it was so good. I wanted to eat them right. that. second.

Then I topped them with a buttery, sugary, oat crumble. Does it get any better?

I shared these at a teacher luncheon…but they almost didn’t make it there. I wanted to keep them for myself.

And now, I have a problem…I want to make these again. And again.

I also tried the apple butter in a couple of recipes Musselman’s sent me. I made monkey bread and a marinade for some chicken. Monkey bread, well, that’s pretty self-explanitory. It was awesome. The chicken? Jordan ate it and the dipping sauce. That’s the hugest compliment any food could ever get, pretty much.

But these bars, man. They take the cake pie.

Now I just need to go figure out what other pies and crusts I want to make in November. Thoughts?

And….I think I need more apple butter.

Apple Butter Pie Bars


For the Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups Musselman’s Apple Butter (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: add butter, flour, and sugar to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until it becomes crumbly. (You may need to use your fingers to break up any larger chunks of butter.) Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the topping. Add all ingredients to the large bowl and mix with a hand mixer until crumbly, (again you may need to use your fingers to break up any large chunks of butter).
  4. After 15 minutes, remove crust from the oven. Spread the apple butter over the crust in an even layer. Sprinkle with walnuts. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling and press gently to compact. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until topping starts to turn golden.
  5. Cool completely before removing from pan. Cut into squares.

You can find Musselman’s online and in the jam/jelly aisle of your local grocery store (they have them at my local Targets). They come in large and small jars. Get the large one. Trust me. And, did you know that apple butter is non-dairy? Great for those with milk allergies. Find more recipes online. Do you have some rockin’ apple butter recipes? Share them using the hashtag #AppleButterRecipes on twitter.

Musselman’s sent me a jar of apple butter and a wooden spurtle (kitchen utensil) for me to try. All opinions are 100% my own.

73 comments on “Apple Butter Pie Bars

  1. Ugh, drooling. These are making me want like, fifteen all right now. And piping hot with Cool Whip on top. Holy yum.

  2. I’m all for pie/crust month! And you’re lucky your husband even wanted apple crumb pie…all mine every wants is chocolate chip cookies! These bars look amazing…perfect for the fall!

  3. Oh these look SO GOOD!!!!! I love apple butter and this sounds like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh this recipe is absolutely mouth watering!! Good thing I just made some
    Apple butter :) how about a strawberry rhubarb pie? Or pecan? Or peppermint meringue? Mmm I love pie! Lol

  5. these look so delectable! I think I will take like a pan or ten. . .

  6. I love apple butter Dorothy! I spread it on toast. I hope that doesn’t sound weird, but it’s so good! And on english muffins. :) And pumpkin muffins! I’ve done it all. I’ve never baked with it though. These look like a wonderful way to start!

  7. I’ve never tried apple butter. I’ve thought of making my own in the crockpot though. Is there a big difference between jarred and homemade??

  8. Oooh, Dorothy, I LOVE apple butter. Seriously love it. And I’m with Sally–I smear it over just about everything (warm biscuits are my fave)–but I’ve never thought to bake with it. These bars are right up my alley, and since apple-type desserts are one of the few my hubby will eat, I’m gonna have to try these!

  9. Apple Butter and Pumpkin Butter–love it! These bars look so good and I must give them a try, XOXO

  10. I never thought to make bars with it – I pretty much smeared the apple butter on everything else though:0

  11. Wow, Dorothy, what a great idea for using apple butter. I just made a batch of slow-cooker apple butter a couple of weeks ago, so I am so glad to see this idea. I will be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I LOVE apple butter!! And I just found a jar in my refrigerator! Score. Also, your husband’s input on your posting sounds pretty much identical to mine : )

  13. I love apple butter and for some crazy reason I don’t have any right now…this recipe is a great excuse to go grab some!

  14. Oooh, Dorothy, I love apple butter. These look wonderful!

  15. LOVE THESE!!!!! Have you ever tried making your own apple butter? I think it makes everything even more divine!

  16. My husband loves apple butter! He will be all over these!

  17. Wow you know I tried apple butter once, I don’t know what I thought it was going to be like, but I put it on toast, and it was awful. Honestly i was scared by that, but you make me want to try it again.

  18. I love that these are not only sweet and yummy but that they are HEALTH FOOD!!! = )

  19. A few days ago I was thinking about making something with apple butter. These look delicious and I will definitely have to try them soon! :)

  20. I love apple butter.

    I did a pie month last august I think. Check out Martha Stewart’s pie book so many cool ideas to spin off of.

    Or how about coconut cream pie???

    P.s how do you have time to bake this with conference on the go. You are amazing.

  21. Yum, I love apple butter. I just pinned and printed it. I can’t wait to make these.

  22. I love the way you think…pies all month long:-) There is something about November that just makes you think pie! I adore apple butter on everything too. So good on hot biscuits! I’m loving the idea of it in this crazy good looking slab pie! I even have a jar sitting here waiting to be finished off;-)

  23. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of apple butter before! These bars sound amazing! You must have so much control to not eat them straight away!

  24. I have an idea for you … same recipe using pumpkin butter in place of apple butter. I have an unopened jar of pumpkin butter … it’s getting opened right now!

  25. YUM!! I’m totally giggling. My hubs says those same things to me. Thanks for the recipe- this is a must make!

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  27. I love November just because I really do think of it as “pie month”.

    I think you should make coconut cream. I’ve made 3 kinds in the last year or two and can’t find “the one” for the life of me.

    Your bars look yummy!

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  29. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Cast Party Wednesday! Have a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  30. Yummm those look amazing! They almost look like (but definitely don’t taste like haha) Carmelita bars – have you ever had those before?

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  42. I made the Apple Butter Pie Bars last night – let me say – they are amazing! I was looking for something exactly like this when I found your recipe. Thanks so much for another GREAT recipe!

  43. I’m so excited to try this recipe! In the fall, my boyfriend made a ton of pear butter, which at the time was very cute and exciting, but it’s been sitting there for months because we don’t actually know what to do with it. This recipe sounds perfect.

  44. I followed your recipe exactly and it turned out horribly! I could not serve them as dessert that evening! I believe you need much more butter in both the crust and the filling. And maybe some type of cinnamon/brown sugar mix on top. It was a disappointment all around.

    • I’m so sorry Amber. I’m not sure what happened. I’ve used that same crust and topping recipe for several bars, and it always works out great. Can you elaborate a little bit? I’d love to try and troubleshoot with you.

  45. Boy these sound and look great …can’t wait to make them. I’m thinking these would be great with my moms Fig butter… need to put that on my to do list for sure.

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