Apple Bars

Apple Bars Recipe at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Andrea Green

If you are looking for a sweet treat to pack in lunch boxes or serve as an after school snack, look no further. Homemade Apple Bars are chock full of apples tucked into a delightful cinnamon batter.

These blondies are quick to make. In fact, you can get fall flavor in a plate with minimal effort.

Apple Bars


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped apple


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 7 x 11 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg for 2 minutes or until creamy.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat another 30 seconds.
  6. Carefully stir in chopped apple.
  7. Spread batter into prepared pan. It will be thick. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool on a wire rack before cutting into bars.


I always make these without nuts because I personally feel that nuts have no place in desserts. However, should you be in the nuts-in-dessert camp, you can add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the batter when you add the apples. Use any sweet apple in this recipe. My favorites to use are Gala or Braeburn.

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  1. I just made these today, and were they ever tasty. I added a couple grates of nutmeg with the dry and a splash of vanilla in with the wet ingredients. I also had to bake mine in a smaller pan, an 8×8, so mine came out a little more cake-like than yours seem to be and thicker, but they were great just the same. I’ll be making these again, and will probably try baking them in two pans, or maybe even picking up a bigger one to use because I think I’d like them a lot with the denser texture too. I’m also thinking a streusel topping on top might be good, because I can never leave well enough alone.

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