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Apple Bars

by Jamie on September 15, 2009

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If you frequent my blog, you may know that I am smitten with Autumn: the aromas, the clothing and most importantly the crisp, cool air. When it comes to Fall baking I am all about apples, Honey Crisp apples to be precise. If you have never experienced the deliciousness of this type of apple, pick some up asap!

Here is a little 411 on Honey Crisp Apples. According to Wikipedia, they were developed at the University of Minnesota in 1974 and are a hybrid of Macoun and Honeygold apples. These apples are only available for a limited time in my area, so plan on seeing more recipes using them in coming weeks!

For this dessert, I slightly adapted a recipe for apple squares from allrecipes. I used this base for my Caramel Apple Squares from last Fall and the results were stellar! This time instead of the caramel topping, I drizzled them with a cream cheese glaze. However, they are positively scrumptious served as-is!

Have a delectable day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Apple Bars

September 15th, 2009

Ingredients:

For the Bars

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Cream Cheese Glaze

1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

For the Bars

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9"x9" inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, stir in the apples and pecans. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.

3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.

For the Cream Cheese Glaze

1. Mix the cream cheese with the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and milk in a bowl.

2. Heat in a microwave for 15 seconds.

3. Drizzle spoonfuls over the cooled bars. Note: I cut my bars before drizzling them with glaze.

adapted from allrecipes


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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

ABowlOfMush September 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Oooh I like these! Yum!

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Maria September 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I can't wait to make these. Great fall treat!

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Eliana September 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Although I'm clinging on to summer, these bars are a great way to welcome the fall.

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Sara September 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Cream cheese glaze? Yum, yum, yum!

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thereddeer September 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Looks fantastic!

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Palidor September 16, 2009 at 4:51 am

Mmmm, nothing says fall like apple desserts. These bars look soooo yummy!!

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Ingrid September 16, 2009 at 7:57 am

My one twin would be gaga over these as he's fiend for apple-y desserts.
~ingrid

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Rachel September 16, 2009 at 8:28 am

Mmm, they looks delicious! I can't wait to try them! Unfortunately our oven is broken right now, so these will have to wait. :(

Blessings!
~Miss Rachel~

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Karin September 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

Yum! Honeycrisp apples are my absolute favorite! I was so excited when I walked into the produce store last week and they were sitting front and center! I'll have to try these bars sometime soon.

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Trish September 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

Oh my….I just need to keep following your blog for the best ever recipes. I can tell we have very similar tastes and you know what?…..I am 'smitten with fall' too. Grin. Happy Wednesday

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Cookie September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

Apples just went on sale and I've been looking all over for a good recipe. Found it!

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fried blue September 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

looks delish delish! :)
am printing this one out. thanks!

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Trish September 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm

oooooooooooooh. I have this in the oven and it smells so wonderful. It is a rainy evening but inside it smells of sunshiny fall weather!!!!

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Deeba @Passionate About Baking September 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

A beautiful way to welcome fall Jamie…awesome goodness here! I love these apple bars!

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Katy September 17, 2009 at 11:31 am

I starred this recipe in my Google reader just from seeing the title of it! Apple bars and cream cheese? Instant favourite! I will be making this next week as my treat for the week and I'm looking forward to it.

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Kami September 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Those look fantastic! I think I'll have to add you to my blogroll. Yum!

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Trish September 18, 2009 at 7:27 am

Made it…as I have been telling you…grin….and it was superb! Love your style gal…you have great recipes that don't disappoint. Anyway…I posted it's success on today's post….if you want to come on by.!

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Prudy September 18, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Honeycrisps are my favorites, but I've never baked with them. Tskk! Thanks for the heads up and the recipe to get me going!

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Jaime Richardson September 19, 2009 at 9:58 am

I love honey crisp apples, too, but where I live, they are SO EXPENSIVE that when I buy them, I usually just eat them straight. Plus, everyone loves them so much at my house, they don't sit around long enough to make it into a pie.

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daniel vincent john September 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm

my, oh my. am going to attempt making those.

thank you.

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The Food Librarian September 19, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Lovely! Fall is about to hit Los Angeles…with 90 degree temps! :) At least I can "eat" fall! :)

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Stefanie September 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm

A friend of mine just brought me a huge bag of apples and I plan on using some of them to try this recipe! Thank you!

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delightfullysweet September 20, 2009 at 7:52 am

These look amazing! Perfect for the fall that is on its way!

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sherri September 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

The recipe sounds wonderful and this photo is beautiful- as always!

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elenis October 15, 2009 at 6:44 am

Very nice!!! Thanks for the recipe.

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Sweet and Savory November 15, 2009 at 2:58 am

These look absolutely delicious. I have to try the recipe. Love apples cooked.

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Megan February 27, 2011 at 1:53 am

I just made these. I doubled the batch and cooked in 2 9×9 pans. I doubled everything except for the pecans. Instead I did 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 cinnamon chips. They taste AMAZING! Although doubling the cream cheese glaze made way too much. Doing the original amount would be just fine. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! You are my go-to resource for scrumptious recipes. :)

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