Spiced Apple Bars

For dessert, Michelle shared a Spiced Apple Bars from the Joy of Cooking in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

Fall is the season for apples. If you can get organic apples, leave the peel on the apples as you grate them for additional fiber. You can reduce the sugar by about half but it will result in a less firm bar that is still delicious, but must be refrigerated.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 1/2 cups grated apples (approximately 5 apples)
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins


Source: this recipe is adapted from Joy of Cooking: Cookies


IMG_2106Preheat oven to 350F.Line a 9×13″ pan with greased aluminium foil or parchment paper.

Melt butter in a large saucepan, remove from heat.

IMG_2108Stir in brown and white sugar.
IMG_2110Add eggs and vanilla.Stir with whisk.
IMG_2111Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger.
IMG_2118Stir in apples and raisins.Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread to the edges.
IMG_2128Bake until firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out slightly wet, about 30 to 35 minutes.Remove to a cooling rack and let stand until completely cool.Using the overhanging paper, remove to cutting board.

Dusk with powder sugar if desired.

Cut into bars.

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