By Vanessa Greaves

Even easier than pie.

Everybody's going wild for pie bars, and for good reason. They follow the traditional pie construct of bottom crust + filling + top crust, but they're baked as flattened rectangles so you can cut them up into finger foods. So basically, they're everything you love about pie, but easier to prep, serve, and eat. You don't even need to use a fork! They're real game-changers for picnics, parties, snacks, and bake sales — and they're even showing up for Thanksgiving!

Here are nine of our favorite pie bar recipes to try.

1. Quick Pecan Pie Bars

Let's face it: A thick wedge of pecan pie can quickly become way too much of a good thing, so making pie bars is a smart alternative. Valerie Vestal says, "I have been making this recipe for years! Always a big hit anywhere I take them! I started lining my pan with foil and after they cool, slide it out of the pan onto the counter and use a pizza cutter to slice."

Photo by EmmasMomma

2. Blueberry Crumb Bars

Read how Blu's Chews added extra cinnamon and orange zest to the buttery crumb crust and stirred in a little extra cornstarch to keep the blueberry juice from getting runny.

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

3. Apple Pie Slices

CGMANN changes up this recipe by baking it on a jellyroll pan using all the crust on the bottom and a crumb topping over the apples. The result? Rave reviews!

Photo by It's A New Day

4. Lemon Pie Bars

Rishika's crew liked these so much, they finished a pan in about five minutes!

Photo by KGora

5. Apple Slab Pie

KACEYSHEP calls this a "blue ribbon kind of recipe," and says it's easy to serve and goes a long way. We agree! Watch the video to see how simple it is to make.

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

6. Pecan Turtles® Pie Bars

Here's a creative mash-up of Turtles candies and pecan pie. Combined, they create quick and simple dessert bars! Warm and gooey, with melted chocolate drizzled on top.

7. Pumpkin Pie Squares

KDURFEE suggests you follow the recipe the first time, then adjust to your liking. She likes it exactly as it's written, and her family even votes for this over their traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

Photo by csread

8. Rhubarb Dream Bars

Patricia Bennet calls this "an entirely delicious and new way of enjoying rhubarb." Read her whole review to get tips for making the crust extra buttery.

Photo by Sandra Barney

9. Peach Finger Pie

Jamie N. calls her grandmother's recipe a "peach pie in pick-up-able form," and says it's best when it's completely cooled. You can make this with fresh, frozen, or canned peaches.

Photo by Meredith


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