Apple Butter Pie Bars

Apple Butter Pie Bars – an easy way to make an apple pie! Slab pie or pie bars are so much easier to serve and these are full of rich apple butter with a crumble topping.

Apple Butter Pie Bars - an easy way to make an apple pie! Slab pie or pie bars are so much easier to serve and these are full of rich apple butter with a crumble topping.

I have decided I want to crown fall the “pie season”, or, more accurately, “crust season.” It’s the season of all things pie, for me. Pie is not just for Thanksgiving…it’s also for Halloween and birthdays.

In an effort to brainstorm pies for the coming season, 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.

I was shopping at Target, trying to come up with ideas when I saw apple butter. Instantly I realized I had an answer for my husband: I could make him some crumb apple butter bars.

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

Apple Butter Pie Bars - an easy way to make an apple pie! Slab pie or pie bars are so much easier to serve and these are full of rich apple butter with a crumble topping.

Have you ever had apple butter? It’s so delicious. The smell, oh my goodness. It makes you conjure apple orchards and family all in one sniff. Apple butter is like a really thick and flavorful apple sauce. Jordan loves it straight from the jar.

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 crumble. Does it get any better?

And get this: the crust and crumble are the same recipe. That makes these super easy to put together!

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.

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

Apple Butter Pie Bars are pure fall in a bite. Making pie bars is so much easier especially when the filling is just apple butter and nuts!

Apple Butter Pie Bars - an easy way to make an apple pie! Slab pie or pie bars are so much easier to serve and these are full of rich apple butter with a crumble topping.

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

And….I think I need more apple butter.

Tips for the perfect pie bars:

  1. Pie bars are a fun and easy way to make a pie without the hassle of needing to cut it into slices. Bars are so much easier!
  2. Pre-baking the crust will help the bars be crunchy.
  3. Use a good quality apple butter; the better it tastes from the jar the better it will taste in the bars!
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Apple Butter Pie Bars

Apple Butter Pie Bars – an easy way to make an apple pie! Slab pie or pie bars are so much easier to serve and these are full of rich apple butter with a crumble topping.

Ingredients:

For the Crust & Crumble:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

For the Filling:

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust & crumble: add butter, flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon 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 half into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 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.
  4. Cool completely before removing from pan. Cut into squares.

Notes:

Pumpkin butter would be awesome in this too!

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If you love apple butter try these recipes too: Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie by TidyMom, Apple Butter Waffle Donuts by Nutmeg Nanny, or Apple Butter Shortbread Bars by BruCrew Life.

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81 comments

  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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  48. So I made this yesterday. Very good as not too sweet. I thought it could use just a little salt in both the crust and maybe half of the topping sugar as brown sugar. I will definitely make again.

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  50. hey girl- these bars look so yummy! ya’ll have a great week!

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  52. If you think apple butter is good, you should try pear butter. Oh my my my. It is outstanding. Far surpasses apple butter. Try pear butter instead of apple butter with your bars and see what you think.

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