The Best Apple Crisp Bars

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These Apple Crisp Bars are the ultimate treats for all my fellow crisp lovers! If you love that glorious crumb topping made with butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and oats then you will absolutely LOVE these delightful apple squares that scream Autumn. If you’re ready for more apple treats then you’ll want to check out my Easy Apple Cinnamon Bread and my Apple Pie Wontons Recipe.

Easy Homemade Apple Crisp Bars

Apple Crisp Bars

It’s like apple pie smushed between to layers of apple pie crumble… so good!!! These bars are a fusion of the beloved apple crisp and a convenient, portable bar format. They are easy to make and even easier to enjoy, making them the ideal treat for cozy gatherings, picnics, or a simple family dessert. Let’s dive into this delightful recipe!

Homemade Apple Crisp Bars


Easy Homemade Apple Crisp Bars

Apple pie with the crumble topping is one of my favorite pies, so turning it into a delicious bar seemed like a great idea. I love making apple crisp during the fall months, so this is like an updated version. It’s almost like a cookie bar in that you could eat it with your hands if you want, but it’s also so good warm with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Making the Apple Crisp Bars

1. Preheat and Prepare:

  • Preheat your oven. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal. (you don’t need parchment paper if you want to serve it from your baking dish.

2. Prepare the Crust and Topping:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the melted butter drizzling it over the other ingredients. Then mix to combine. Side aside 2 cups of the topping for later.

3. Layer the Crust and Topping:

  • Press about rest of the streusel topping evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan to form the crust.

4. Make the Apple Filling:

  • In a separate bowl, combine the chunks of apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, flour, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Mix until the apples are evenly coated.

5. Layer the Apple Filling:

  • Spread the apple mixture evenly over the crust in the baking pan.

6. Add the Topping:

  • Sprinkle the remaining crust and topping mixture over the apple layer, ensuring an even distribution.

7. Bake to Perfection:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling.

8. Cool and Serve:

  • Allow the apple crisp bars to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, lift the bars using the parchment paper overhang and cut into squares.

These delectable apple crisp bars perfectly capture the essence of autumn with their tender apples, sweet and crunchy crust, and comforting spices. Enjoy them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for the ultimate indulgence. Or you can take a slice of these apple crumble bars and give it a caramel apple vibe by finishing with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Whether you serve them at a fall gathering or savor them as a cozy night treat, these apple crisp bars are sure to become a seasonal favorite.

5 from 3 votes

Apple Crisp Bars

Delicious and easy to make – these Apple Crisp Bars are filled with at crumble that we all love.
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Prep Time:25 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 15 minutes



  • 6 cups apples ( I used granny smith apples) peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Crust and Topping

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the ingredients for the crust and topping into a bowl.  Mix until evenly combined.
  • Take 2 cups of the crust and topping mix and reserve for later.  Take the remaining crust and topping mix and press evenly into a 9×13 baking dish.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Filling Prep

  • Once you have peeled and cut your apples add them to a bowl.  Pour the lemon juice on top of the apples and toss until coated well.
  • Add the remaining Filing ingredients to the apples.

Finishing up the Apple Crisp Bars

  • Once the crust has baked for 10 minutes remove from the oven.  Add the apple filling mixture to the top of the crust and evenly spread out the apples on top.
  • Take the remaining 2 cups of topping and evenly sprinkle on top of the apple filling.
  • Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes until the top is golden brown.


You can use your favorite apples, but a firmer apple will bake up better.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple
Servings: 12 pieces

I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe for fall!  I know it was a hit with my family.

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Easy Homemade Apple Crisp Bars are loaded with that crumble you love!!! Both the crust and topping are made with that favorite crumble topping.


  1. 5 stars
    These bars look crazy delicious! Apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts. I’m pinning this recipe for fall, when I always pick waaaay more apples than I can realistically eat!

  2. Thanks for the recipe Maryann. I have all these apples leftover that friends picked and was trying to get some ideas how to use them. Going to try this with GF flour.

  3. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe!
    I was just looking for ideas on what to make for my parent’s wedding anniversary and this fits the bill perfectly.
    Keep up the great work:-)

  4. I’m going to have to try those – I bet the house smelled heavenly! Must try the recipe for the pumpkin poppers, too! Bring on Fall baking!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious!
    I’m gonna make it for my mum’s birthday on Saturday.
    Also just wondered what’s you favorite guilty-pleasure snack at the mo?
    Keep up the great work:-)

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