Apple Crumble Shortbread Bars

Tired of your classic apple crumble? This recipe adds a deliciously sweet twist with its shortbread base. The best part about this recipe is that you can actually cut them into squares, making them easier to serve and half the mess of a classic apple crumble!

 

Apple Crumble Shortbread Bars          |     Level: Medium     |     Serves: 18 bars     |

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Shortbread Bottom:

1 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Butterimg_6435

1/4 Cup Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Apple Filling:

3 Large Apples

2 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tbsp Flour

1/4 Tsp Nutmeg

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Crumble Topping:

1/2 Cup Flour

1/4 Cup Butter, Room Temperature

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Oats

 

WHAT TO DO

Line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper (it will be easier to lift your squares out when they’re done). Preheat the oven to 300°F. To make your shortbread base, whip the butter in an electric mixer until it becomes smooth and pale, about 3 minutes. Add in the sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Slowly add in the flour and mix until everything is combined. Place the mixture into the bottom of your pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, until the shortbread looks cooked and is firm to the touch. While the shortbread is baking, prepare your filling and topping. To make the filling, peel, slice and finely chop the apples. Put them in a bowl with the sugar, cinnamon, flour and nutmeg and mix together until apples are evenly coated. In another bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar and oats together. Cut in the butter until your mixture resembles loose crumbs. Remove your shortbread from the oven and turn the heat up to 350°F. Sprinkle a bit on the apple crumble on top of the shortbread bottom, then add your apple mixture. Smooth it out until you get an even layer. Add the rest of the crumble on top and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before refrigerating it. For best results, refrigerate the bars for at least 3 hours before cutting them so that they keep their shape (and they taste better cold too!). Serve with your favourite vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

 

 

 

Recipe adapted from Sober Julie’s Apple Crisp Bars

 

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