Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars

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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.  :)

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Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Description

This delicious Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars recipe is perfect for snacking, or even for dessert. Try them today!


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Ingredients

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)


Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmg and salt; set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Notes

Adapted from Family Circle.

Ali’s Tip:

This would also be delicious using pears instead of apples!

Source:

Adapted from Family Circle.

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57 comments on “Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars”

  1. i made these last month for a church event and people loved them! the perfect fall bar!

  2. I love your idea of using pears in these too.

  3. These are amazing! I just made a batch and demolished them. Thank you!

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  7. I made this recipe at home, it was very good! thanks

  8. How much does the batch make?

    • Depending on how big you cut the squares — 20-30 bars probably. We hope you enjoy! :)

  9. Hello I did in my house and my family loved it, is practical and very tasty.
    I love your blog, I will recommend to my friends.
    Thank you…

    • Thank you Paulo — we’re glad you enjoy the blog, and that you enjoyed this recipe!

  10. I realy enjoy this recipe. My Boyfriend made this for me…

  11. Amazing recipe, thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow! I hit a hungry now just to see these pictures, picture this recipe ready, it should be a delight! I will try to do here at home. Thank you!

  13. Delicious recipe that my friends love it. Thank you

  14. Thanks, I love your idea of using pears in these too.

  15. I was made this recipe at home, it was very good! Many thanks

  16. humm delicious! Thanks

  17. Amazing recipe,Delicious. Thank you

  18. Everyone in the family liked it. Great recipe!

  19. I realy love this recipe, thanks for sharing with us!

  20. Delicious recipe with apples. I loved it. Thank you

  21. I liked this recipe, i love apple thank you

  22. Amazing recipe,Delicious. Thank you

  23. 5 stars
    Many thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. There, me and my lovely wife did together and it was delicious, very good.

    • You’re very welcome, Veja — we’re so glad you enjoyed them!

  24. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! We used to get similar bars at a nearby bakery, but they don’t make them anymore, (sad face) and I’ve been craving some!

  25. Thanks you for sharing. It’s delicous.

  26. This APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN BARS I gonna do tomorrow.

  27. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I just made these. Switched out the raisins for Craisins and did not add nuts. This recipe is off the charts amazing!! A bit denser than an apple cake, I was worried about it would turn out. But it has a beautiful crispy top and a dense chewy center. Exactly what bars should be like. I am so going to make these again!

  28. So lovely!!!

    Thanks =D

  29. 5 stars
    I just loved to do (and eat) it.

    So easy and delicious!!!

  30. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! I use 3-4 apples rather than just one and I often combine apples and pears. Today I have tried substituting some of the sugar with maple syrup. Hopefully it will be just as good.

  31. I can’t stop making these. I ate the first batch on my own over the course of a weekend. Then I made a batch for my coworkers just so I could have more without feeling so bad about it. I’m about to try again, but substitute some dried cranberries for the raisins and add a smidge of clove. I would describe them as having a fudgy brownie texture but tasting like an apple pie. Just make them, you will not be disappointed.

  32. These are very good! I may leave out the nutmeg next time, but I had to take some to the neighbors to keep from eating the whole pan!!

  33. Sometimes I make two or three different recipes at the same time. My 5 yr old grand daughter is in the kitchen with me at the moment as I’m not only making this recipe but am also concocting some raisin scones and some apple fritters. She was trying to help out and grabbed a cup of milk I had sitting out for one of the other recipes and quickly poured it into the creamed portion of this recipe. Rather than scold her or toss evertyhing out and start over, I decided to go ahead and bake it. We’re now waiting to see what the extra moisture will do. Something tells me that it will look and taste just fine – but with more of a cake texture than a bar texture, perhaps.

    • Here’s an update to the post I made earlier. These raisin bars turned out awesome – but were a little cake-like due to the 1 cup milk which was accidentally added (recipe didn’t call for milk). Despite the error with the milk, everyone in my household could hardly wait to try them because the smell of cinnamon was so tantalizing while they were baking. Though I’m sure they’d be delicious served cold or at room temperature, my family all agree that they’re especially delicious served warm with a glass of cold milk.

  34. Can you use can pears instead or must it be fresh pears? I have lots of canned pears from the food pantry.