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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

Ingredients:

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


Directions:


  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.