Danish Pastry Apple Bars


Feed a crowd with these apple squares that taste like your favorite apple pie--just in a larger, less fussy format. Top your fresh-from-the-oven Danish Pastry Apple Bars with powdered sugar icing for a sweet finish.

Danish Pastry Apple Bars
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
32 bars


  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 egg yolk

  • Milk

  • 1 cup cornflakes

  • 8 cup peeled and sliced tart cooking apples (8 medium)

  • ¾ - 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 - 4 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. For pastry, in a large bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a glass measuring cup beat egg yolk lightly with a fork. Stir in enough milk to measure 2/3 cup total liquid. Add egg yolk mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir lightly with fork until combined (pastry will be slightly sticky). Divide pastry in half.

  2. On a well-floured surface, roll half of the pastry into a 17x12-inch rectangle. Fold pastry crosswise into thirds. Transfer to a 15x10x1-inch baking pan and unfold pastry, pressing to fit into the bottom and sides of the pan. Sprinkle with cornflakes; top with apple slices. In a small bowl stir together granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples. Roll the remaining pastry into a 15x10-inch rectangle. Fold pastry crosswise into thirds. Place on top of apples and unfold pastry. Crimp edges or seal with the tines of a fork. Cut slits in top pastry; brush surface with beaten egg white.

  3. Bake about 50 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is light brown, covering loosely with foil for the last 25 minutes of baking.

  4. For icing, in a small bowl combine powdered sugar and 3 to 4 teaspoons milk to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle warm uncut bars with icing. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

155 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 69mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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