Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars

Apple crisp bars with a shortbread crust, mascarpone filling and honeycrisp apple and crumbly oat topping.




  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour*
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

Mascarpone Filling:

  • 8 ounce tub mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Apple Crisp Topping:

  • 1 large or 2 small apples (any variety), skins on, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup rolled old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer, until fluffy. Add the egg yolk and mix until fluffy.
  3. Slowly mix in flour, cornstarch and salt, until mixture forms small pea-sized balls (like pie dough).
  4. Press into an ungreased 8-inch brownie or cake pan. Bake 10 minutes, until shortbread starts to rise.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool.
  6. In a separate mixing bowl, whip mascarpone, honey, egg and vanilla extract with a hand mixer, until fluffy.
  7. When shortbread is slightly cooled, pour mixture onto the crust and spread evenly.
  8. In a mixing bowl, toss apple slices, oats, butter, honey and cinnamon until combined.
  9. Line apple slices on mascarpone filling, and sprinkle with remaining oat topping.
  10. Bake 30-40 minutes, until mascarpone filling is set.
  11. Allow to completely cool in the refrigerator or freezer before slicing.


Substitution Tip*: Try with all-purpose, whole wheat pastry, whole wheat white, whole wheat, oat or gluten free all-purpose flour.


Keywords: easy, oatmeal, oats, apples, mascarpone, apple fritter, fall dessert recipe