There’s nothing quite as classic as good ol’ apple pie, but if that’s what you’ve brought to holiday gatherings every year, you may be in the mood to switch things up. To present that traditional, nostalgic flavor in a brand-new form, we’ve got just the thing: apple pie bars!
This recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T will walk you through how to create a dessert that’s part apple danish, part apple pie — and 100-percent delicious.
A major thing that separates this dessert from a traditional apple pie is the fact that it’s served up in a 9 x 13 pan, and can therefore yield more servings. No double-pie-baking for you this year.
Using little more than flour, butter, eggs and sugar, you’ll make your own crust. Next, layer on the apple slices and spices. Sounds like apple pie so far, right?
Here’s where it gets interesting: There’s a layer of crushed corn flakes in between the apples and the bottom layer of crust to keep the crust from becoming soggy. And if that wasn’t enough to set this dessert apart, you’ll also top it with an almond glaze.
If you like the idea of creating a pie bar instead of a pie this year, this is only the beginning. For instance, this recipe for apple pie bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction calls for a healthy amount of salted caramel and a crunchy streusel crust on top for a take on apple pie that’s delicious — and far from average.
This version from What Molly Made uses homemade snickerdoodles as the “crust,” giving this dessert even more cinnamon and brown sugar flavor, plus the ooey-gooey texture of a cookie.
If you’re really looking to mix things up, you could use this recipe from Mom On Timeout, which combines classic apple pie ingredients with cheesecake to yield a tasty treat that’s basically two desserts in one.
Ready to throw caution to the wind and create a new holiday tradition? Use these recipes as inspiration to change up the way you enjoy apple pie this year!