5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

5-Ingredient Apple Pie Cookie Bars

You should read past this recipe; the post includes a bit of a surprise.

apple pie cookie bars


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • One 20-ounce can apple pie filling


  • Coat a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick spray, and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine cake mix and oats in a mixing bowl.
  • Add apple butter, vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Mix, and mix, and mix until you get a crumbly, dry dough.  Warning:  you will get an arm workout.
  • Spread 2/3 of the mixture into an even layer in the bottom of the pan.  Pour apple pie filling on top.  Crumble the remaining 1/3 of the dough on top of the apple pie filling.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until the top is golden.  Let cool.
  • Eat and enjoy! Top with vanilla ice cream for a real treat!


A few weeks ago, when I spent the night at a hotel waiting for a delayed plane, I watched two episodes of Kids Baking Championship.  On one episode, Buff and Valerie assigned a boy to make cookie bars.  Having never heard of cookie bars, the boy rolled out sugar cookies and cut them into rectangles.  After some discussion, the judges decided that a cookie bar has to be sweet, rectangular, and packed with “a lot of stuff.”  Thus, a lemon bar is a bar cookie, but a casserole is not a bar cookie.


These apple pie bars are bar cookies, but a square of jalapeño cornbread is not a bar cookie.


For years, I have considered writing a cookie of the month series, but I always put it off for various reasons.  In 2019, I will finally start that series…sort of…  Instead of cookies, I am going to make cookie bars, and each recipe will start with a cake mix.  I have chosen some really fun flavor combinations (Neapolitan cookie bars, anyone?), so I hope you follow the year-long series!

Let me know in the comments:

  • Do you like cookie bars?  If so, what is your favorite type?
  • If you could put anything in a cookie bar, what would you choose?


P. S.  I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Ai @ Ai Made It For You and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook for Fiesta Friday.

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