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These Apple Bars are made with apples and sugar cookie dough. Along with that, they have a delicious brown sugar frosting that completes the recipe perfectly. They are super easy and a great recipe to use up any leftover apples!

square slice of apple bar on a white plate.


The Best Apple Pie Bars

I personally cannot get enough of fall and the apple season and these sugar cookie bars are perfect for that. They are rich and gooey and perfect for a crowd because a small slice is all you need to satisfy that apple craving. 

These bars have an amazing frosting that you do not want to miss out on: a brown sugar frosting that is so good. All that being said, I also love these bars without the frosting. They are great any way you twist them!

Ingredients Needed

  • Sugar Cookie Dough: These are semi-homemade with a roll of sugar cookie dough but you can also use a package mix (plus the ingredients) or my homemade sugar cookie recipe.
  • Toffee Bits: I love toffee and apple together
  • Apples: Use your favorite kind of apple. I love Granny Smith for baking because they hold up and the tart mixes with the sweet perfectly.
  • Brown Sugar: Remember that brown sugar needs to be packed when you are measuring!

How to make Apple Bars

  • Break up cookie dough in a large bowl. Stir in apples, cinnamon, and toffee. You may need to use your hands to get it completely mixed.
  • Press dough into prepared pan. Bake 20-30 minutes or until the cookies are browned and cooked through. Cool completely before making frosting.
  • Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Add the brown sugar and milk and cook until the mixture boils. Remove it from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Pour immediately over cooled bars. Let set, then cut and serve.
square slice of apple bar on a white plate.

Expert Tips

  • If you’d like, you can make my homemade sugar cookie dough if you don’t want to get one from the store!
  • Wait until the bars are completely cool before pouring on the frosting. They’ll hold up better that way.
  • Cooking the frosting too much makes it more crumbly, so be sure to remove it from the heat right after it boils. It’ll set quickly, so be sure to pour it immediately over the cooled bars.

FAQs

How do you store and freeze this recipe? 

Store in an airtight container for two days and freeze in an airtight container as well. 

square slice of apple bar on a white plate.

Apple Toffee Bars Recipe

4.67 from 3 votes
Apple Toffee Bars are made with sugar cookie dough and tons of apples and toffee bits. Then you pour on a brown sugar caramel frosting that makes them one of the best fall dessert recipes EVER!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 16 bars
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

Bars:

  • 1 16.5 ounce roll sugar cookie dough
  • 1 large green apple diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup toffee bits

Frosting:

  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9″ pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Break up cookie dough in a large bowl. Stir in apples, cinnamon, and toffee. You may need to use your hands to get it completely mixed. Press dough into prepared pan.
  • Bake 20-30 minutes or until the cookies are browned and cooked through. Cool completely before making frosting.
  • To make the frosting: heat butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Add the brown sugar and milk and cook until the mixture boils. Remove it from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Pour immediately over cooled bars. Let set, then cut and serve.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Recipe Notes

  • Add a bit of salt to the frosting if it’s too sweet for your taste
  • You can use a pouch of sugar cookie mix (plus the ingredients to make the dough) or homemade sugar cookie dough
  • Use any apple you like

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on October 3, 2023



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7 Comments

  1. This looks delicious and I would love to try. I sometimes love shortcuts but prefer to bake from scratch. If making my own sugar cookie base, would you put the whole batch in the 9×9 pan? Seems like it would be too much and then the ratio of apples to cookie base would be off. Have you used your perfect sugar cookie recipe as a base for this?

  2. How would i adjust this recipe up to a 9×13 size pan? Im taking it for a crowd of serious dessert eaters!
    Thanks so much for your recipes!!
    Your blog is a delight to read & the recipes are always delicious and easy to make.

  3. Boiled frosting is THE BEST! I love any kind of frosting that’s been boiled. It has an old-fashioned, like my grandma made it, kind of taste which I adore. These bars? I would have skipped cake for these babies! My jam right here!

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