Apple Butter Bars

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Apple Butter Bars

Apple Butter Bars recipe
Prep: 25 mins
Bake: 35 mins
Cool: 25 mins
Total: 1 hrs 25 mins
Yield: 12-16 bars

I know this sounds like heresy, but not everything needs to be a pie. Here’s a great way to get the taste of fall apples without much effort– Apple Butter Bars. The recipe follows, adapted from Crazy for Crust (https://www.crazyforcrust.com). I cut down the sugar to 1/2 cup because apple butter is concentrated sweetness, and I added a half-teaspoon of Allspice because– hey, I like Allspice! I also left out the nuts (personal choice). Be sure to choose a good brand of apple butter, preferably from a local farm stand near you. Enjoy!

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST & CRUMBLE:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

FOR THE FILLING:

  •  1 1/2 cups Apple Butter about 12 ounces
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust & crumble: add butter, flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon to a large bowl.
  3. Mix with a hand mixer until it becomes crumbly. (You may need to use your fingers to break up any larger chunks of butter.)
  4. Press into half into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove crust from the oven.
  7. Spread the apple butter over the crust in an even layer.
  8. Sprinkle with walnuts (if desired). Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling and press gently to compact.
  9. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until topping starts to turn golden.
  10. Cool completely before removing from pan.
  11. Cut into squares and enjoy!
apple butter bars baked
Apple Butter Bars Baked

 

There you have a simple recipe for Apple Butter Bars! And now you have some homemade snacks for home and you can also pack these up for the kids to take to school or on trips in the car. Much better than those snacks that are loaded with preservatives. Much healthier and a lot less expensive than the prepackaged, store-bought snacks!

(Adapted from Crazy for Crust (https://www.crazyforcrust.com)

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