Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars
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Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

This easy recipe will produce a large dish of delicious Apple Butter Bars. The crumb topping tastes like vanilla shortbread, while the thin apple butter layer adds just the right amount of spice and sweetness.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: apple, bars
Author: Beth Cato


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped finely
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 sticks, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups apple butter or other fruit butter


  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
  • In a large bowl, blend together flour, walnuts, confectioners' sugar, butter, and vanilla, until it is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of crumbs; press the rest into the ready pan.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges are turning golden brown and crust is set.
  • Pour apple butter over crust and smooth to edges. Crumble reserved flour mixture all over the top. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Cool to room temperature then chill in fridge. Use foil to lift out bars to slice. Store in sealed container in the fridge for maximum flavor and cohesiveness.