apple crumb bars

Apple Crumb Bars

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, I guess you could say that I invented these Apple Crumb bars! (In other words, I ran out of raspberry jam and decided to use apple pie filling instead!) Wow! Were they good! I was planning to make these raspberry crumb bars, but ended up making Apple Crumb Bars for our Sunday dinner dessert instead.

The next thing I knew, the entire 13 x 9″ pan of Apple Crumb Bars was gone! (My 6-year-old granddaughter told me that her dad ate them all!)  Hmmm…

The recipe for Raspberry Crumb Bars is found on (click HERE.) But, in a pinch, you could use pie filling instead of jam, like I did. I have been dreaming about trying Blueberry Crumb Bars with blueberry pie filling. (Or what about lemon pie filling?)

1 box yellow cake mix, dry
1 1/2 cups quick oats, dry
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 can apple pie filling

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix and the dry oats.  Add the melted butter and stir until the mixture is crumbly.


Press 2/3 of this crumb mixture into a 13 x 9″ pan and press down to cover the bottom of the pan.

Pour the apple pie filling onto the crumb crust and spread out evenly. (The apples should be in a single layer.)

apple pie filling

Top with the remaining crumb mixture.

crumb topping

Bake at 375° for 25 minutes.  Cool and cut into bars.

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