Bars, Blondies & Brownies/ Desserts

Apple Pie Shortbread Bars

Apple Pie Shortbread Bars.  Because these are like an apple pie, but in bar form, with a crisp topping!  I made this recipe to honor my friend Alice.  We met at Eating Recovery Center in Denver this past Spring, and after five-weeks together, spending every minute of everyday together, we got pretty close.  I formed several close relationships with the people I met while I was at ERC and I hope to be lifelong friends with them.  Anyone with an eating disorder knows that it is a lifelong struggle, with many ups and downs along the way.  So this recipe is for Alice because Apple Crisp is her favorite dessert….I know I can’t be there with you right now Alice, but I am there in spirit, encouraging you every step of the way (but not too many steps—you better not be wearing one of those red bracelets missy!).

Love you Alice!  And LB and Kaitlyn too 🙂

ERC Life!!

Okay…Apple Pie Shortbread Bars!  Yes.  Make these…because an apple a day keeps the doctor away hehehe.

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Shortbread crust ready for the oven!

Thinly sliced apples!!

Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 45-minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 medium-large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes





Preheat oven to 350-degrees and line an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar to the butter and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and mix until combined. On low speed, add the cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Mix on low until just incorporated.


Remove dough from the mixing bowl and press evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 13-minutes or until dough starts to slightly puff up. Remove from the oven and set aside. Leave oven on at 350-degrees.




Peel and core four apples. Cut apples into thin, uniform slices. In a large bowl, add apples, flour, cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon and stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour apple mixture out onto baked shortbread crust and arrange apples to evenly cover the crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.




In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Use a pastry blender or two forks to cut in the butter to the sugar mixture, until mixture is crumbly. Pour topping evenly over apples. Sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired.


Bake uncovered in 350-degree oven for 45-minutes or until topping is golden and crisp.


Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.



Kelly Lynn


I have linked this recipe up at the following link parties: What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, The Country Cook Weekend Potluck, Friday Frenzy, Pretty Pintastic Party, Meal Plan Monday and Sugar and Spice Link Party.  Click on the links to check out my recipe, as well as a ton of yummy recipes from several other bloggers!!


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  • Reply
    December 16, 2016 at 3:38 AM

    Oh yummy!!! These look so delicious!! I love shortbread ❤️❤️

    • Reply
      December 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM

      Thanks Liz! The guys at the firehouse loved them and I brought half over to my old beat partner who loves my baking and anything apple hehehe. He liked them too 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    December 16, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    These were amazing! Like always the guys at work loved them. In a way the bars reminded me of a McDonald’s apple pie… but way better and made with love!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2016 at 8:31 AM

      Mmmmm McDonald’s Apple Pies… I wish I wouldn’t have given all of these away hahaha. But glad you guys all loved them 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Valentina | The Baking Fairy
    December 16, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life with us, Kelly! <3 And of course these apple pie shortbread bars look fabulous! Definitely pinning for later. Yum!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2016 at 8:32 AM

      Hi Valentina! Thanks for coming by and reading my blog 🙂 These apple pie bars were a hit….definitely recommend em 😉 XOXO

  • Reply
    December 18, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    You had me at the shortbread crust!😍 And cinnamon topping- sounds yummy for breakfast w coffee!!

    • Reply
      December 18, 2016 at 12:24 PM

      Thanks! I am prepping to make you some shortbread cookies for your birthday…perfect with coffee morning, noon and night hehehe 😉

  • Reply
    December 19, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Yay! The perfect gift-🎉 You know me well!😊

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