apple cinnamon raisin bars
Look out. I’m warning you right now that this recipe is addictive…
My roommate, Christin, introduced me to these bars last week. I was just finishing a 12-hour day of work around 9pm and found a text from her inviting me to try these “new apple bars” when I got home. Never one to turn down homemade dessert, and super-hungry after a long day, I immediately grabbed one when I walked in the door. And oh my word. Looking at the recipe beforehand, I was expecting good. These were great!!! They are are everything a sweet, fruity, cinnamony, chewy bar should be.
Pretty sure I immediately made a second batch to bring to a choir potluck last night. Although this time I substituted in white whole wheat flour and added in some nutmeg, and loved the result! Definitely a great quick, delicious, and crowd-pleasing recipe to keep on file. I’m pretty sure it will be reappearing in my kitchen again verrrrry soon. :)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (or white whole-wheat flour)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Golden Delicious apple, diced into 1/4" cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmg and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, blend together sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla for 3 minutes or until smooth. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; mix for 2 minutes or until just incorporated. Stir in diced apples, raisins and (optional) nuts, and spread into prepared pan.
Bake at 350F degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.
This would also be delicious using pears instead of apples!
Adapted from Family Circle.