So last week or so I made some amazing apple butter. Recipe is in another post so go check it out! With said apple butter, I made one of my favorite little baked goods, Streusel Bites. You can call them streusel bars as well, either way works, but they are a quick and easy recipe to whip up and make a great little snack for that afternoon hunger or a great treat to give to someone to let them know you're thinking of them. My favorite part is how well they freeze. Since I had so much apple butter I whipped up two batches and froze one of them for another day. This way I have something ready to go when I'm busy with other projects or just don't feel like baking something. (let's face it, that doesn't happen. But it's great if I'm working on other things and don't have something on a cake plate)
This is the first I'm sharing this recipe but you will probably see variations come around. I also have a video filmed for my digital baking program, Baking with the Unperfect Chef, on how to make a variation of these. The base recipe is the same except sometimes I change the nut for other flavors, then change the fruit filling and get so many different combinations. It's so fun to work with and it's one you'll want to keep in your back pocket to make with any fruit. When I have some fruit about to go bad in the bottom of the fridge or on the counter, this is the first recipe I go to for a solution before it goes to waste. Cook down the fruit or puree it, anything that will make it into a jammy consistency, and you got yourself a new variation! Check out this delicious apple butter version below!
Apple Butter Streusel Bites
135g Rolled Oats
190g All Purpose Flour
200g Brown Sugar, I prefer light but use dark for a deeper molasses flavor
50g Walnuts, finely chopped
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Sea Salt
225g Unsalted Butter, soft
275g Apple Butter
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix all ingredients except the butter and apple butter until uniform.
Add the softened butter and mix with a paddle attachment until butter is fully mixed and it forms a stiff dough like mixture that holds when squeezed.
Press ½ of the mixture into a greased 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan.
Spread apple butter in the pan evenly then crumble remaining oat mixture over the top.
Bake in a 350℉ oven for 45-50 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.
Allow to cool before removing from pan and cutting into bars.