Apple Cranberry Crumble Bars are a sweet and crunchy treat that celebrates the fall season.
This is a guest post from my friends Jackie and Keith of the blog, Superman Cooks. Be sure to check out their stunning blog for recipes like this Dark Chocolate Torte and this Quick and Easy Pumpkin Bread.
The sight of vibrant red apples coloring the farmers’ market is a sure sign that fall has arrived. Despite the date on the calendar, there has yet to be that cool, crispness in the air that we associate with fall here on the east coast. Yet the apple trees seem to be flourishing.
This year in particular, the apples appear brighter, sweeter, and juicy than ever. Maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder.
While I am normally not a dessert person, there is something about this time of year that makes my taste buds perk up for something sweet.
Everywhere we go lately, pumpkin-flavored desserts and sweets surround us. While pumpkin is a great choice for a dessert, I just could not forget the scent of the freshly-picked apples.
As we walked around the farmers’ market perusing the stands for inspiration, Jackie took one look at me and could tell that apples were stuck in my head.
We decided to buy the perfect apples with little idea of what dessert they would become. I began thinking about what flavors pair well with apples.
Cranberries seemed to be a good pairing, but finding fresh berries this time of year was a little tricky. So, we decided to use the dried variety and found that they worked well in this recipe because they are packed with sweetness and dry enough to soak up all the juice from the apples.
Therefore, this dessert is easily eaten with your hands. Fresh pecans added a layer of crunchy flavor to these sweet treats.
Apple Cranberry Crumble bars turned out to be a great on-the-go dessert, an indulgent breakfast treat, or a decadent snack that our whole family could enjoy.
They are an easy treat to take to work, or share at a bake sale because they don’t require a fork. The seasonal apple flavor shines through, and the texture of the crunchy, crumbly topping is instantly addicting.
Fall is definitely here, and these Apple Cranberry Crumble Bars are a great way to usher in the season.