Let’s be real, the biggest reason why I came up with this recipe is because I wanted to have another excuse to make one of my favorite foods!
Apple pie, I love you.
Specifically this recipe since it’s based off of the best apple pie recipe in da world: Grandma Ople’s. I randomly found the recipe while prepping for Thanksgiving years ago and it’s been a staple at every family gathering since. I think I’ve probably made her pie well over 50 times and it comes out perfect every time! The secret is making your own caramel and pouring it over the apples to bake into them. I’ve added the very small (but notable!) addition of a bit of sea salt to give the recipe the last bump it needs to be out of this world.
And now, you can have your apple pie in bar form! It’s perfect for easier serving since the bars can be pre-sliced and don’t ooze everywhere/fall apart like normal apple pie does after cutting. These bars also have the most perfect crumb topping, so you get the best of both worlds with crust the bottom and crumble up above. Even my mom (who’s one of my biggest food critics) took a bite and fell in love! They are delicious and perfect for the holidays!
Enjoy! They look as delicious as they taste
- 1 pre-packaged pie crust
- 4-6 Granny Smith apples (use 4 if extra large apples), cut into thin slices
- 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup water
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 stick butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the pie crust in an 8x8 baking tin.
- Place the apple slices evenly on the crust.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and whisk to combine. Stir in the water, sugar, brown sugar, and sea salt and bring to a boil before reducing heat and letting simmer for 3 minutes.
- Pour the caramel mixture over the apples.
- Combine the 1 cup flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Cut in the butter and sprinkle the crumble on top of the apples.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until crumble is golden brown and apples are cooked through.
- Let cool before slicing!