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Hello! Today I share with you a delectable fall treat: nutty apple bars. When faced with an open Friday night & nothing to do, I deemed baking the perfect activity and these bars the winning recipe. I tore this recipe out of a magazine long ago, always it seemed, out of an ingredient when I desired to bake them. But, with the ingredients on hand two years later, I was finally prepared to give these bars a whirl!

Nutty Apple Bars recipe adapted from Family Circle Magazine

  • 1 stick butter (or a good quality margarine for the dairy-frees)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I substituted in 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour and will try 1 cup next time.)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (1 teaspoon if using Kosher salt)
  • 1 cup apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 handful pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 handful walnuts, finely chopped

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.

2. Cream the butter and sugar until a smooth consistency is reached.

3. Add in eggs and vanilla, combining thoroughly.

4. Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.

5. Fold in the apple pieces, raisins, and nuts.

6. Spread batter into baking pan (It may seem like there isn’t enough batter, but there is; just continue to work the batter over the entire surface of the pan.)

7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

These bars are buttery and nutty, a flavor combination I love. The apples and raisins bring a bite of sweetness, and the cinnamon ties all of the flavors together with its depth and warmth.

Unfortunately, I’ve lost my camera, and can’t provide you (yet, hopefully) any pictures of these scrumptious bars (sad face).

Have a wonderful weekend!

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