Apple Shortbread Bars

Don’t let these simple Apple Shortbread Bars fool you! While they are “just a bar” they are quite possibly the most amazing dessert ever!

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Apple Shortbread Bars: these little bites of perfection are so delicious! I enjoy them served cold!!

I have a feeling you guys are going to roll your eyes when I tell you these bars are in my top 10 favorite dessert recipes EVER made.

I know, I say it all the time!

“this is my favorite” “I love these more than anything”

But this time, haha, it’s so true. They start with an easy shortbread crust. Then you top with a delicious cinnamon apple mixture. Bake to perfection and add the cinnamon glaze.

I found these taste best COLD. Which is odd for me, since I LOVE warm apple pie and warm apple crumbles! But, having made these a couple times, I can tell you for sure, try them cold.

Crunch Pak products

I love using Crunch Pak apples in my baking! You may only be familiar with their snack size bags, but you can also purchase the larger bags of sliced apples. Perfect for baking. Or making a big platter of Apple Nachos. And they won’t go brown! I have also recently discovered that my Costco sells the Organic Crunch Pak apple slices. SCORE!

But, back to these bars…will you please trust me and give them a go?

Go HERE to get the recipe for these Apple Shortbread Bars!

Apple Shortbread Bars: these little bites of perfection are so delicious! I enjoy them served cold!!

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Yield: 18 bars

Apple Shortbread Bars

Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 ½ cup Crunch Pak apple slices, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup quick cook oats


  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Add 2 cup flour, salt and vanilla until combined. Press into a 13×9 baking dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, using your hands, combine brown sugar, 2Tbsp flour, 2 Tbsp butter, cinnamon and oats. Mix until coarse crumbles. Add diced apples (you want to make sure your apples are diced very very small. Sprinkle mixture over top of crust. Bake for about 25 minutes (crust may appear to be under cooked, that’s okay).
  4. Cool on counter, then move to refrigerator for at least 2 hours until chilled.
  5. Cut bars into squares (or triangles). In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over cut bars. Glaze will harden slightly in fridge. Enjoy!
  6. Keep bars covered loosely in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Apple Shortbread Bars: these little bites of perfection are so delicious! I enjoy them served cold!!

**Today’s recipe is sponsored by Crunch Pak apples. While I have been compensated to be a part of their Blogger Ambassador program, all opinions are 100% my own**


About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on March 1, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. Just made these. Crust did not cook through even after 40 minutes. Recommend cooking the crust before adding the apple topping, and bake again.:)

    1. Having made these several times, I would double check the recipe ingredients you used. 40 minutes is a LONG time to bake these. Seems like maybe one of the measurements you made was off 🙂

  2. I made these on Friday…if you are on a diet, don’t make these! Haha! 😉 These are my favorite bars now! They are SO good and super easy to make! I love your recipes and they never fail. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment. I wasn’t kidding about these bars…beware of their deliciousness 🙂

  3. I made these and brought them to snack time at church. Everyone loved them, and many came back for seconds. My only complaint is, all I got was one teensy little bite! Solution: I’m making another batch tomorrow! Thanks for this recipe.

  4. Apples and shortbread. Basically the 2 things in love that I want to eat everyday forever…and now they are one, and I kind of want to marry these bars! Pinned!

  5. I need to make these as soon as possible! Wishing I had them right now, such a great recipe!

  6. These sound absolutely marvelous. I have not had shortbread in quite some time…wish I had one right now while I work on the computer. Pinning! xo, Catherine

  7. I can see why these would be in your top ten most favorite desserts ever, they look incredible! Love how simple they are – must make!

  8. What a great idea! These look like perfect apple pie bites. And then they surprise you with SHORTBREAD – brilliant!

  9. I would be able to have a whole meal just with a full dish of these apple shortbreads, but no coffee for me thanks!

  10. These look so delicious! Apples have never been my favorite in desserts, but I’m quickly coming around to it!

  11. Ahh! Love these! And I so need some of those apple packs (hate carrying around apples and knives…don’t search my purse…)

  12. These are my favorite too, Aimee! I love apple desserts. These shortbread bars need to happen soon! Love them!

  13. I don’t have a hard time believing that these are your favorites…they look absolutely addictive! From the apples to that shortbread crust, I’d happily munch on these any day of the week.

  14. I sooo want a dozen of these for breakfast this morning. Can you make that happen girlfriend?

  15. Hahaha! I totally get it because every new treat becomes my “new fav”. These do look amazing and if you say they are best cold, I’m going to have to try it that way!!!

  16. Not a huge pie crust fan so I love that this uses shortbread instead. Hopping over to see the full recipe now!

  17. Shortbread with coffee is amazing; these look like they’d be a new favorite in my house. I love keeping Autumn flavors alive in the heart of winter. This recipe looks delicious. I can’t wait to try some of these.

  18. I have no doubt that these are more than “just a bar.” I am fairly certain I could eat the whole batch in one sitting!

  19. You crack me up, I say the same thing to my family after each and every dessert I bake. “Like, OMG this is my newest fave.” and repeat x-infinity!

    I love apple pies cold, yet apple crumbles or any crumbles in general warm (and smothered in custard). I love the crumbly topping, and awesome idea to pair the cinnamon icing.

  20. I LOVE cold apple pie, so you don’t need to convince me to have these babies cold! They look ridiculously amazing. And very much needing to be made, ASAP.

  21. Love that you made an apple recipe this time of year. I recently did one too (apples aren’t just for the fall! they’re so great to bake with year round!) and I bet your bars are so good!

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