Become a Better Cook in 4 Days!

These absolutely delicious apple bars are quick and easy to make!

Apple Kuchen Bars

After a trip to a local apple orchard this past weekend, we left as the proud owners of a half-bushel-sized bag of freshly picked apples. We initially bought a smaller peck-sized bag (half the size), but the orchard was brimming with so many different varieties of apples, we traded in for that larger bag – and loaded up!

On the drive back home, I spent some time googling apple recipes – and these Apple Kuchen Bars recipe from Taste of Home immediately caught my eye. In addition to looking very delicious, I loved that this apple dessert looked very easy to bake!


What is Apple Kuchen?

Kuchen is German for cake – and there are many different apple kuchen recipes. These Apple Kuchen Bars have all of the same wonderful flavors of the traditional cake recipes, but with the texture of a bar cookie.

Apple Kuchen Bars

How do you make Apple Kuchen Bars?

These Apple Kuchen bars have three enticing layers – a buttery shortbread cookie crumb bottom, sweet slices of apples and cinnamon in the middle, and a crackly sugar topping.  As the pan bakes in the oven, the apple slices cook down to a luscious and sweet filling.

Apple Kuchen Bars

You can enjoy these Apple Kuchen Bars warm out of the oven (with some vanilla ice cream on the side), or cool the pan completely before cutting into bars.


Apple Kuchen Bars

This recipe is very easy to make with a food processor. Both the bottom crust and the top layer are mixed up quickly by pulsing the ingredients to a crumbly consistency. But – if you don’t have a food processor, you could also make this delicious dessert with a pastry cutter and a little more elbow grease.

These Apple Kuchen Bars are a must-make recipe for apple season and the upcoming holiday season!

Apple Kuchen Bars

You may enjoy these other delicious apple recipes:

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Apple Kuchen Bars

Apple Kuchen Bars

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 24 bars
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


3 cups all-purpose flour, divided

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups cold unsalted butter, divided

4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

8 cups thinly sliced tart apples (68 medium to large apples)

2 cups granulated sugar, divided

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease the bottom of a 9×13” baking pan or dish. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, place 2 cups of flour and the salt and pulse once or twice to combine. Cut 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter into pieces, then add to flour mixture. Pulse again until butter is the size of peas. Add one tablespoon of ice water at a time, pulsing after each addition until moist crumbs form. (Avoid adding too much water – you still want a crumbly texture.)

Pour the crumbs into the prepared baking dish and evenly spread across the bottom, pressing gently down with your fingers.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly

While the crust is baking, peel and slice your apples, then place in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup sugar and cinnamon, then toss to coat the apples. Pour the apple slices over the baked crust and spread evenly in the pan.

Place the remaining 1 cup flour, ½ cup butter, and 1 cup sugar into the bowl of the same food processor. Pulse to combine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Evenly sprinkle the mixture on top of the apples in the baking pan.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until golden brown and the apples are hot and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack until firm. (You may refrigerate the bars.)  Cut into 12 large squares or 24 smaller squares.

Keywords: apples


Apple Kuchen Bars


Featured in this Apple Kuchen Bars recipe

  • Share
  • Pin
  • Tweet
  • Email
  • Meet The Author: Martha

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe rating

    What type of comment do you have?

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  • Ecfinn wrote:

    Thanks for sharing. I have a question: when you say “thinly peeled,” do you mean “thinly sliced”?

    • Martha wrote:

      Yes! Thanks for catching that…I’ll fix the description as soon as possible!

  • Melissa wrote:

    Amazing recipe!
    Absolutely delicious!
    Reminds me of something I used to eat as a kid.

    • Martha wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Melissa!

  • Kathie Simmons wrote:

    Made this today. I only used 1/2 the sugar in the apples and it came out just right. My husband and I loved it. Taking it to my son’s tomorrow for a birthday celebration for my grandson. I’m sure they all will enjoy it also. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Kathie – hope everyone enjoys the recipe!

  • Linda Sauter wrote:

    These are absolutely fabulous!! The only problem was that 3 of us finished them in less than 24 hours! Do you know if these bars freeze well? Thank you.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Linda – We have the same issue! 🙂 We actually haven’t tried freezing this recipe ourselves, but I do think they would be OK to freeze. I’d suggest freezing them in a flat layer, then once fully frozen, you could probably stack the bars with parchment paper in between. If you try freezing them, please let us know how it comes out!

  • Natalia wrote:

    This came up in my news feed and caught my attention because of its name since I am German!! I literally jumped up and made it since I had everything at home. I used fresh honeycrisp apples and it is so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this!!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Natalia! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Ali wrote:

    I am excited to try this recipe. My family and I just processed about 80cups pealed and sliced apples. I froze in 10 gallon bags. I will have to make these soon. Can’t wait.

    • Martha wrote:

      Wow Ali! How wonderful – you’ll enjoy apples for a long time! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • margaret ruesch wrote:

    we truly enjoy your website, new to us. when apples are in season, we are in season with apples, using them whenever we conceive of a way to use them…..sauce, fried, roasted, blended with hot peppers for a hp-sauce, cake, cookies, stollen, apple crumble, and so many others.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Margaret! We love apple season too! (My favorite time of the year!)

  • A Family Feast ® is a registered trademark of A Family Feast, Inc. All content, including recipes, text, visual elements, and photographs are copyright © A Family Feast, Inc. 2012-2020, unless otherwise stated. All rights reserved.