Old-Fashioned Apple Pie Bars


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Far from your ordinary crumble bars, these apple pie bars are literally like an old-fashioned apple pie, with double crust and all, in tasty, glazed squares.

Baked Apple Pie Layer Bars

This recipe for apple pie bars was shared with us by TreeTop, and we are oh, so grateful!

Special Diet Notes and Options: Apple Pie Bars

These apple pie bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, peanut-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free when made as is.

Vegan Option: We have not tested this, but for an egg-free version, I recommend trying vegan yogurt in place of the egg yolk (1 to 2 tablespoons until the right consistency) or Vegg (which I haven’t trialed yet, but hear good things about). You are trying to add some moistness and richness to the crust. For the egg white wash, simply brush on some milk alternative.

Gluten-Free Option: Gluten-free pastry can be difficult because it tends to break and crumble easily. If using gluten-free pastry, roll it out right on the parchment on the baking sheet, and use extreme care when placing the top layer. My husband really likes the Gluten-Free Pantry Perfect Pie Crust Mix.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie Bars
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Serves: 16 servings
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 1 egg, separated
  • Non-dairy milk alternative (see instructions for amount)
  • ⅔ cup crushed organic (or non-GMO) corn flakes
  • ½ cup applesauce (such as TreeTop Organic
  • 5 cups sliced, peeled apples
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup confectioners’ / powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar and salt.
  3. Cut in the shortening in with pastry blender or fork until crumbs form.
  4. Put the egg yolk into a measuring cup and add milk alternative to make ⅔ cup.
  5. Pour the milk alternative mixture into the shortening mixture, and mix just until the dough begins to form a ball.
  6. Roll out half the dough into a 15 x 11-inch rectangle on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper, and transfer the whole thing to a baking sheet.
  7. Cover the pastry with the corn flakes.
  8. Stir the apple sauce together with apple slices, and spread on top of the corn flakes.
  9. Mix the sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the apple mixture.
  10. Roll out other half of the dough for a top crust. Gently place it over the apples, pinching the edges together.
  11. Beat the egg white until stiff and spread it on the top crust.
  12. Bake for 40 minutes.
  13. Cut into 16 squares.
  14. Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice, until smooth, and drizzle over top of the bars.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


    • You are adding some sugar to the apples, so you can use tart apples if you like the sweet-tart flavor. Sweet will work, too. In recipes like this, I usually take the middle ground and use Golden Delicious.

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  2. Yum! Those look great!

    I have an Apple Crumble Bar in my book but I love that this is sandwiched between pie crusts and spread with the glaze. My mouth is watering! Going apple picking this weekend and will definitely be doling out some apple desserts.

    Thanks, Alisa!

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