Filled with apples and cinnamon, these Apple Pie Bars are a fun and tasty Fall treat!
As a young boy growing up in South Carolina, I always loved taking the trip up to the rolling hills outside of Greenville to visit my grandparents. We’d pick blackberries, go fishing and eat watermelon by (and sometimes in) the pool all day. Sometimes we’d mix it up and hunt for pirates’ treasure near the barn. (My grandparents didn’t live anywhere near the ocean, but that didn’t keep me from stubbornly believing that pirates’ treasure was indeed buried somewhere in that old barn.)
While there were many awesome things about my grandparent’s huge yard, one of the things that I didn’t care much for was the fig tree. This tree was rather large, and it leaned up against the side of the old garage. It seemed like that tree was always loaded with figs…but I actually didn’t care much for figs back then. My grandfather would make jars upon jars upon jars of fig preserves, but I just didn’t care for the flavor. (Now I would be all about those figs, but that’s another story.)
Now that we’ve established that figs weren’t my favorite fruit as a kid, can we talk about Fig Newtons? Ah, those iconic little treats that always ended up in my lunchbox at school. But I didn’t like them! I’d trade my Fig Newtons for something else. On a side note, how funny is it to think back to trading lunch items? Can you imagine doing that with your coworkers today? “Hey, I’ll trade you half of my tuna fish sandwich for some of those salt-and-vinegar chips?”
While Fig Newtons weren’t exactly my favorite, I did love Apple Newtons. They’re essentially the same chewy cookie as Fig Newtons, but just filled with apples instead. Score! So in an effort to recreate this childhood favorite, I hit the kitchen the other day with the intention of making my own version of Apple Newtons.
The result wasn’t exactly the same as an Apple Newton, though. The dough wasn’t nearly chewy enough to call these apple newtons. But as soon as I took the tray out of the oven, I realized that I had essentially created apple pie bars. The dough was crumbly in a good way like pie dough, and the filling was perfect. Needless to say, I was pretty happy about this creation. It wasn’t the Apple Newton that I had set out to make, but these bad boys were still quite delicious!
Note: These Apple Pie Bars taste best when served fresh from the oven. Once allowed to rest, the dough becomes soft. To serve leftovers, just reheat them for about 5 minutes in the oven or until the tops are lightly crispy again. We actually just tossed the leftovers in the toaster oven for 3-4 minutes, and they were delicious. Oh, and we served these with a scoop of Maple Bourbon Ice Cream on top. Perfection!