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Cinnamon Apple Streusel Bars

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These cinnamon apple streusel bars are the perfect mashup of Dutch apple pie and a crunchy apple bar dessert. Super simple to make and sure to be the hit of any party or family gathering. Plus you’re going to love the drizzle of vanilla bean maple glaze. 

Hooray for apple season! I haven’t been apple picking yet because the local farm I LOVE charges mad money to just pick the apples. I’m not paying $5 PER PERSON to go into an orchard, pick the apples, pay for the apples and deal with the massive amount of city people in their $400 boots picking apples and pretending to be country folk.

Can you tell I’m bitter? I just want to pick apples in silence without paying a fee to enter the grounds. Is this too much to ask for? Probably. So in the meantime, I just go to the farm and grab a bag of pre-picked apples and devour in the silence of my home. 

Also, these cinnamon apple streusel bars are perfect for apple season. A cross between Dutch apple pie and a traditional bar dessert. The crust is a combination of apple pie spice, graham cracker crumbs, flour, brown sugar and melted butter. It’s sturdy, crunchy and pairs perfectly with the slightly sweetened spiced apples.

Oh and that glaze! It’s not just your typical everyday glaze. NOPE. It’s a mix of vanilla bean paste and maple extract and it’s CRAZY good! It was so good I wanted to drink it but resisted the urge. I mean, I can’t just be sitting home on my couch doing shots of vanilla bean maple glaze.

I mean, I could. But I’m pretty sure my sugar numbers would skyrocket and I would go into a sugar coma.


{Looking for more delicious apple recipes? Try my Vanilla Spiced Apples, Crispy Chicken Apple Cabbage Salad, Apple Butter Waffle Donuts, Vanilla Bean Apple Pie Phyllo Bites, Boozy Caramel Apple Butter Milkshake or my Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza}

Cinnamon Apple Streusel Bars with Vanilla Maple Glaze

These cinnamon apple streusel bars are the perfect mashup of Dutch apple pie and a crunchy apple bar dessert. Simple to make and delicious to devour.

Yield: 9x13 pan

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes


For crust and topping:

  • 1-1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

For apples: 

  • 2-1/2 cups medium diced apples
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

For glaze:


For crust and topping:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl add all ingredients and stir to combine. Reserve 1 cup of the graham cracker mixture for topping.

Add the remaining crust ingredients to your prepared pan and press into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes, remove and set aside.

For apples:
Mix all ingredients together.

For glaze:
Whisk together until thick and creamy. If the mixture is too thick to drizzle simply add a few more splashes of milk.

For assembly and baking:
Add the apples over baked crust and top with reserved graham cracker crust.

Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven, drizzle with glaze and let cool.