Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cooking with the Journal-Spicy Apple Bars




With apple picking season in full swing here, it was time to make something with apples.  This recipe can be eaten either as bar cookies or cut larger and served as a dessert with caramel sauce poured over it.

This has a small amount of cocoa in it.  If one is not a fan of chocolate, it can be omitted.  Chuck full of apple and nuts, held together by a little batter and brightened with spices this is a little different dessert.

The recipe comes from Farm Journal “Homemade Cookies” 1971.

Spicy Apple Bars
Homemade Cookies
Farm Journal Books, 1971

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. sifted flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 T. cocoa
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
1 1/2 c. diced peeled apples (about 1 large)
1 c. quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 c. coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
Powdered Sugar

Cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time.  Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa and spices.  Add to creamed mixture.  Stir in oats, apples and walnuts.  Batter will be stiff.  Spread in greased 9x13x2-inch pan.  Bake in 375 degree oven about 25 minutes.  Cool slightly in pan on rack;  cut in 2 x 1 1/2-inch bars.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Or cut in larger squares and serve as dessert.  Makes about 3 doz. bars.

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  1. Sounds delicious, the added cocoa is interesting.

  2. OH YUUUM! Can I come get one (or 3) to have with my morning coffee? These look very tasty! ~ The Better Baker

  3. Mmmmm! Desserts with fruit are my favorite, and your apple bars look fantastic.

  4. These look really good and I can make them gluten free for my hubby :)

  5. These are in the oven now. I'm looking forward to tasting them. I have a question. How much oats are supposed to be in them? My hubby can't have oats so I added some extra rice flour. The batter looked great so we will see how they come out.

  6. Sorry, I will fix the post. The amount is 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats.


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