Applelicious Bars

apple bars

Perfectly paired with coffee or hot tea, these Applelicious Bars hit the spot on a Fall day. I’m taking advantage of seasonal apples and putting them to use in this sweet treat. It’s a moderate amount of sugar than I normally use, but it’s a wonderful recipe to share with friends or family, which is exactly what I did with this pan. ┬áDon’t shy away from the steps, you can always omit the crumble topping or glaze, but they are both easy to make and make the bars sweeter and more desirable at a potluck or gathering.

Applelicious Bars

adapted from Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature or 1 stick softened for fifteen seconds in microwave
  • 1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour {I use white whole wheat flour}
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream {I use my homemade crock pot yogurt}
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled, peeeled and chopped apples

Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour {I use white wheat flour}
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

Brown Sugar Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the dry ingredients and fold in the the yogurt and vanilla. Fold in the apples. Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.

3. Topping: In a clean mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, and mix with paddle attachment until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts if desired. Sprinkle the topping over the cake and bake until golden brown and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.

4. Glaze: In a small bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and water and mix until smooth. Drizzle the cake with the glaze and let harden slightly. Cut into squares and serve warm or cold.

Which fall gathering will you take and share these Applelicious Bars to?

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