An All-American Dessert in a bar form! The perfect dessert or snack for upcoming springtime and summertime holidays and events!
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
For Apple Pie Filling:
3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (I used red apples, but use any apple you prefer)
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Topping
½ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup butter –room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon milk, add more to desired consistency
No nutrition information available
1.Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. For an easy lift out of the pan later on, make sure your parchment paper goes over the edges.
2.For the Shortbread: First you have to cream your butter. Place butter into your mixer and turn on high for 5 minutes or until the butter turns white, which means it’s done creaming. Next mix in the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Once combined, add in the flour and stir well. The mixture will look like lumpy playdough. Press the mixture into the parchment lined pan and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
3.Apply Pie filling: In a bowl, combine by hand the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until the apples are well coated.
4.Topping: Mix flour, ¾ up brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a fork and knead together. Set aside.
5.Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle one half of the Topping over the short bread, then layer the apples on top. Layer the apples until all used up–keep the apple slices level so that the bars come out evenly.
6.Drizzle lemon juice evenly over the top layer of apples. Once this is finished, sprinkle the remainder of the Topping evenly on top and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
7.Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before placing in the fridge to set for 1 to 2 hours. Once it’s set, remove from the baking dish by lifting out the parchment paper and cut into 16 squares.
8.Drizzle white icing or powdered sugar on top before digging in!