A few years ago, before I discovered the Foolproof Pie Crust recipe, my pie-making skills left much to be desired and I avoided making pie as much as possible. So I was thrilled when I came across this apple bar recipe that tastes very similar to apple pie without the traditional crust!
These bars are bursting with apple flavor with just a hint of almond that adds a delicious twist. These Apple Almond Bars are a family favorite and a must-try dessert for a fall menu.
Apple Almond Bars
Makes: approx. 24 bars
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
4 cups (approx. 4 medium) Granny Smith apples
or other cooking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. milk
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1. Make the crust: In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly and pieces are the size of small peas. With a fork, stir in the almonds and egg yolks. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
2. In another large bowl mix together the filling ingredients, add apples and toss to coat. Place the apple slices evenly over the crust. Sprinkle remaining crust mixture over the apples.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until topping is golden. Let cool.
4. Mix the icing ingredients and drizzle over bars. Let stand until set.
More apple recipes:
Whole Wheat Apple Oatmeal Muffins