These super easy apple bars use a cookie mix for the base and the crumb topping!
Once upon a time, I thought you risked life and limb by not following package directions for mixes to a T. I thought disaster would ensue if I deviated even the slightest bit from what the instructions said.
I’ve since learned better.
Though mixes are intended for certain purposes, you won’t burn down the house or maim anyone by using a mix for something other than its intended purpose. So those Thai noodles soups? I use less water and make them pastas instead.
Cookie mix is a great mix to use for other purposes too. It can be transformed into a crust for a pie (double cookie pie, perhaps? Might have to develop that one!). It can be used as a crumbly topping on a fruit crumble.
Or, you can take cues from both of these and use it as a cookie-ish base AND crumble topping for Easy Apple Crumb Bars
With apple season fast approaching, now is the time to make some delicious apple-y treats like this.
Now, if you are worrying that these will be cloyingly sweet or just too much – don’t! The apple (I used a Fuji, but a Granny Smith would work too) lends a bit of tartness that offsets the sweetness. Also, since the cookie base is made with just mix and butter, it has a great undiluted buttery-ness to it as well.
Just try ‘em. You won’t be disappointed.
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Featured recipe: Easy Apple Crumb BarsSarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.