Last updated on December 2nd, 2022.

These Angel Apple Bars are simple four layers of desserts. Buttery tender crust layered with sweet apple filling topped with fluffy meringue and sprinkled with toasted almonds.

Apple bars topped with meringue.

Angel Apple Bars.

This title tells a beautiful story of how a simple but lovable dessert got a brand new makeover, kinda like a day at the salon right before a fancy dinner with the in-laws.

Apple bars topped with meringue.

She is still the same deep down. Buttery and tender crust topped with sweet cinnamon apple filling. But today, she wears a beautiful fluffy crown of meringue sprinkled with toasted almonds.

Apple bars topped with meringue.

Yep, she will surprise her surrounding. And just when you figured there is not much to expect.

If this were a movie, it would be “The Devil Wears Prada,” playing the part of Ann Hathaway. However, a skit on Sesame Street starring Cookie Monster would be a good alternative.

Of course, you can always go with more traditional yet just as delicious recipes such as Jewish Apple Cake, Apple Muffins, or Honey apple cake (filled with Candied apple jam)

Apple bars topped with meringue.

Now Let’s Talk About This Angle Apple Bars Recipe:

  • If you are unsure what apples to use, check out my post about The Best Apples For Baking.
  • The shortcrust dough should be refrigerated overnight for the best result. The Apple filling should be at room temperature when used. Therefore, this recipe needs to be planned ahead.
  • The dough is enough for one 13″ x 9″ pan. 
  • In addition, If you wish to have a thick layer of meringue or apples, double the recipes below.
  • But If you prefer, you can use two 7″ square or even round pans. The size of the pan will determine the thickness of the layers and baking time. Larger pans will need a longer baking time.
  • VERY IMPORTANT! Removing the cake from the pan whole is VERY CHALLENGING! Therefore, I would recommend doing one of these two options: 1. Slice the bars in the pan. 2. Use a ” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>spring pan, a ” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>square pan with removable bottom or a ” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>cake ring.
  • If using a cake ring, firstly place the ring on top of a large piece of foil paper. Secondly, wrap the sides of the ring with the excess foil paper. Then, place the warped ring on a baking sheet.
  • The best timing to make the meringue would be right after the first bake of the crust. During the cooling time. (see more details in the recipe)


Here are some more recipes using short dough you might enjoy:

One more thing…

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Angle Apple Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple bars, apple recipe, Lemon Meringue Bars
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes


Short Crust Dough

  • 2 Sticks Unsalted butter, soften (226 g / 8 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 TBS Light corn syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar (100 g / 3.5 oz)
  • 1 Large Egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 Cups AP Flour  (340 g / 12 oz)

Apple Filling

  • 3 Large Apples (500 g / 18 oz)
  • 1 TSP Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar (100 g / 3.5 oz)
  • 2 TBS Potato Starch
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Meringue and toppings

  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 4 Large Egg Whites, room temperature.
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar (150 g / 5.5 oz)
  • 3/4 Cup Sliced toasted almonds


To Make The Dough

  1. In a bowl of a standing mixer, beat the sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt until light and smooth, 4-5 minutes.

  2. Scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl and on low speed add the beaten egg. Mix until fully incorporated.

  3. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time following the vanilla. Mix until you have a soft, smooth dough. Do not over mix!

  4. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 10-15 minutes before baking.

To Make The Apple Filling

  1. Peel and slice the apples into 1/8" cubes, place in a bowl and sprinkle the lemon juice.

  2. Place the apples and water in a pan over the stove, medium heat. Once it starts to boil reduce to simmer and let cook for 3-4 minutes.

  3. Place the apples in a bowl leaving the liquid in the pan.

  4. Add the sugar and cinnamon in the pan with the liquid stir until the sugar dissolves.

  5. Mix the potato starch with 1/4 cup water and add it to the pan. once thickened add apples and blend.

  6. Stir and remove from heat.

To Make the Meringue

  1. Place the egg whites and salt in a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.

  2. Gradually increase speed to high and beat until frothy.

  3. Reduce heat to low-medium and slowly sprinkle the sugar. Return speed to high.

  4. Beat until you have shiny strong meringue. 4-5 minutes.

To Assemble

  1. Preheat oven to 350F line a 13×9  baking pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.

  2. Roll the dough and flatten it evenly inside the baking pan. Using a fork prick it thoroughly and bake it for 12-14 minutes. Until the sides of the crust are starting to lightly brown.

  3. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes. Make the meringue at this point.

  4. Evenly spread the apple filling on top of the baked crust and top it with the meringue. Sprinkle the almonds and return to the oven to bake.

  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or just until the meringue is evenly golden on top.

  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing.

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