4.86 from 7 votes

Apple Crisp Bars

These Apple Crisp Bars are a delicious fall dessert that is easy to make and guaranteed to be enjoyed by all! I adore traditional apple crisp and this recipe is similar, but you can cut them into bars once they cool.

An apple crisp bar topped with whipped cream on a plate.

The bottom layer is a sweet oat cake and is followed by a mouthwatering layer of apples. The topping is another layer of oats that creates a streusel-like topping. 

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Why You’ll Love These Apple Crisp Bars 

  • You only need 8 simple pantry staple ingredients
  • Delicious dessert ready in under an hour
  • Perfect to take for parties, potlucks, get togethers, and bake sales
  • Wonderful fall dessert that can still be enjoyed year round
  • Great way to use up those fall apples


The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Oats
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
Ingredients to make apple crisp bars.

How to Make Apple Crisp Bars

  • Step One: Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a square baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
    Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oat mixture ingredients. Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared dish.
Steps to make apple crisp bars.
  • Step Three: Arrange apple slices over the oat mixture in the dish. Dot with butter. Sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Step Four: Cover the apples with the remaining oat mixture.
Steps to make apple crisp bars.
  • Step Five: Bake for 40 minutes or until the top oat mixture is a beautiful golden brown in color. Cool. Cut into squares and serve.
A pan of apple crisp bars with slice cuts.

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    What To Serve With These Crispy Apple Crisp Bars

    An apple crisp bar on a serving spatula.

    Helpful Tips and Tricks

    • Store them in the fridge, but heat them up before you enjoy the leftovers again.
    • If you burn the apple bars, you can combine some maple syrup and honey to drizzle over the bars. This helps disguise the burnt flavor from the sweetness of the two.
    • You can make these up to 2 days in advance. The top layer won’t be as crispy, but they’ll still be super delicious and flavorful. 

    Recipe Variations and Substitutions

    • Try one type of apple or use a variety of kinds to make each bite magical.
    • You can use salted butter or unsalted butter depending on your preference.
    • To the apple layer, you can also add a dash of vanilla extract if desired. 
    An apple crisp bar on a plate.

    Storage Instructions

    Leftover Apple Crisp Bars should be stored in an airtight container. I like to store mine in layers with parchment paper or wax paper in between the layers so they don’t stick together. You store these in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

    These crisp bars are best served room temp or warm. If you want to reheat them, pop them in a baking dish in the oven at 300F for about 10 minutes, or until they’re warmed all the way through again. 

    Our bars never last more than a day or two though since they’re so tasty!

    Can I Freeze These Bars?

    Sure can! I suggest wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before storing them in an airtight container that’s freezer-safe or in a freezer-safe zip top bag. 

    These dessert bars can be stored for up to 3 months. Let them thaw and come to room temperature before enjoying them. 

    A stack of apple crisp bars.

    What toppings can I add on top? 

    When I made my apple bars, I enjoyed mine with whipped cream. However, my first choice was vanilla ice cream but we were out. Vanilla ice cream and apple anything go together like peanut butter and jelly in my opinion. 

    You can also add some crushed nuts on top if you like them. Pecans and walnuts would be wonderful. 

    Don’t be afraid to drizzle on some chocolate sauce, caramel, honey, pure maple syrup, or even butterscotch sauce to really jazz these apple crisp squares up. 

    What kind of apple should I use? 

    I used Gala apples because I had them on hand. Gala Apples are mildly sweet. If you have a different variety of apples on hand, give them a try. 

    As long as they’re a type of apple that you typically enjoy, you’ll love them in this. Personally, if I used any of the tart apples, like Granny Smith, McIntosh, Pink Lady apples, and Cortland apples, for this recipe, I would try to add in some sweet type apples to even it out a bit. 

    But, you do what makes you and your belly happy!

    Can I use different fruits? 

    By all means, if this apple crisp bar recipe sounds like something you’d like, but you don’t have apples, feel free to swap them out for other fresh fruit. Berries, peaches, or even ripe pears would all be yummy. 

    Why is my apple crisp runny? 

    If your apple layer is more runny and not letting the rest of the crisp stay together or form nice bars, it’s probably because you didn’t use the right amount of baking soda and flour in the oat layer. 

    Using the baking soda and flour helps absorb some of the moisture from the apple layer and helps make the apple layer thicker instead of just apples, juices and other wet runny stuff.

    Remember not to dip your measuring cup straight in the flour when measuring it as that’s not the best way to get an accurate amount. Simply spoon your flour into the cup and use a knife to level it off at the top so you don’t overpack the measuring cup. 

    More Apple Recipes

    You’ll also like Individual Raspberry Crisp.

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    4.86 from 7 votes

    Apple Crisp Bars

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 12
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 55 minutes
    An easy fall dessert with fresh apples and oats. Perfect topped with whipped cream!


    Oat Mixture

    • 1 ¾ cups old-fashioned oats
    • ¾ cup salted butter melted
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • ¼ tsp baking soda

    Apple Mixture

    • 2 ½ cups apples sliced
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 2 tbsp salted butter
    • ¾ tsp cinnamon


    • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a square baking pan with butter or cooking spray.
    • In a large bowl, stir together ingredients in oat mixture. Press half of the oat mixture into pan.
    • Arrange apple slices over the oat mixture in the pan. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
    • Cover apples with remaining oat mixture.
    • Bake 40 minutes or until golden. Cool. Cut into squares and serve.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Apple Crisp Bars

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    1. Hi. Does it matter which type of oats? There are a few different kinds and I don’t know my oats well 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      Awesome recipe!
      Oats are very good for us. They lower your bad Cholesterol ! Plus very yummy!!!
      Many thanks for this recipe! It’s a Winner!

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