Apple Bars With Oatmeal Crumb Topping

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

From the Magnolia Bakery.

Top Review by ngdarlen

These are wonderful. I had a can of apple pie filling that I needed to use up, and am so glad I searched and found this. Very easy to put together, and taste like something you would find at a pastry shop. I did find that it was a little crumbly, as was expected because of the shortbread and crumb topping, but the next day it was more moist and I was able to cut it better.Next time I am going to try placing heavy duty foil in the pan, so I can lift the whole thing out when done, cool and wrap overnite, and maybe have a better time of cutting them into bars. The taste is just right, not overly sweet either. Perfect.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the crust: in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter and flour until crumbly and well combined.
  2. Transfer the mixture to an ungreased 13x9 inch baking pan.
  3. Using your hands, pat the crust firmly and evenly into the pan.
  4. Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes; remove from oven a let cool completely, about 45 minutes.
  5. To make the topping: in a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, oats, and cinnamon together.
  6. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; then using your hands, toss until all the ingredients are well combined; set aside.
  7. When the crust is cooled, evenly spread the apple filling over the crust, leaving a 1/4-inch edge all around.
  8. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apple filling; sprinkle the additional 3 tablespoons rolled oats over the crumb topping.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes; allow to cool to room temperature.
  10. To make the glaze: In a bowl, combine the sugar and water; beat until smooth.
  11. Cover until ready to use.
  12. When the bars are completely cooled, drizzle the glaze decoratively over the crumb topping.
  13. Allow the glaze to set for 15-20 minutes before cutting into bars and serving.

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