Apple Coffee Streusel Bars

Looking for a holiday dessert that's easy to make but tastes like you spent hours on it? These streusel bars from Cooking with Books blogger Marnely Murray just might do the trick. The pastry chef transforms apples, coffee, and warm spices into a confection that's brimming with the flavors of the season and comes together in minutes. Talk about time well spent.

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Ingredients

For the streusel

For the filling

Preparation Instructions

Makes one 8" x 8" pan

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. 
  2. In a food processor, pulse the granola a few times to break it up. Add the rest of the streusel ingredients and pulse until a crumbly dough forms. 
  3. Press half of the dough onto the bottom of the pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, toss cored, sliced apples with honey and cornstarch. 
  4. Once half of dough has baked, slather with applesauce and top with sliced apples. Sprinkle other half of the streusel mixture over the apples and bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. 
  5. Let sit for an hour before cutting and serving.