Last Day of Summer & Apple Streusel Bars

I can’t believe the summer has come to an end for us!  It has been unusually cool for Oklahoma, and we  just had to spend our last day of summer outside this morning!

Love my happy and carefree girls.  
Although there can be a LOT of fighting, pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth in our house…these girls truly do love and care for one another!  It’s such a beautiful thing to watch them grow up together.  
I also have to share this recipe.  I have been craving apple pie, apple crisp and apple oatmeal lately.  These are wonderful.  They have a wonderful, flaky, pastry-like crust and a nice crumble topping.  I did make a few changes to the recipe which I will post in italics!  I hope y’all have a wonderful rest of your summer!

Apple Streusel Bars
Sweet Pastry:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
Apple Filling:
1/2 cup sugar (i used 1/4)
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon (i used 2 teaspoons)
4 cups sliced, peeled apples (i used gala and fuji)
Glaze: (i cut the glaze recipe in half)
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon almond extract (i used vanilla)
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish (i used a 9×9 to have thicker bars…just increased baking time by about 10 minutes).
For the crust mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until you have pea-sized crumbles.  Stir in the beaten egg.  Gently press about 2/3 of the mixture onto the bottom of the dish.
To prepare the filling toss the apples with the sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Spread over the crust.
Sprinkle the remaining pastry mixture over the apples and bake for 40 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.
Allow to cool completely and prepare the glaze.  Whisk the powdered sugar, milk and extract until blended.  Drizzle over the bars and allow the glaze to set.

ENJOY!!!

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