Spice Apple Bars

When I saw this recipe in Katie’s blog in the fall, I knew I’d have to make it. And boy are we glad I did. These might be one of my favorite things I’ve ever baked. Definitely in the top 10. One of hubby’s coworkers said he would do any amount of manual labor we asked of him if I made a batch of these for him.

Apple Spice bars – from Katie
2 c. plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
small pinch ground cloves
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 apples, cored and diced (a little less than 2 c.) – I used Macintosh apples
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 9×13 pan with foil and baking spray (I doubled the recipe and used one 9×13 and one 8×8 pan because I wanted them to be thicker).

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Whisk to combine well and set aside.

In bowl of stand mixer, combine sugars and butter and beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.

Turn mixer on slow and fold in flour mixture a little at a time until just combined. Fold in apples.

Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan and sprinkle top generously with cinnamon sugar.

Place in oven and bake until cooked through, when top slightly bounces back to the touch, about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan, cutting and serving. Bars will be very soft.

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7 Responses to “Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    kimberly.ann — February 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I just love the combination of white chocolate and fruit. Cherry sounds like a great addition to these cookies!

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    Wendy — February 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Creamy white chocolate is perfect with cherries. Those two together in a chewy cookie sound wonderful.

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — February 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

    My brother is the same way – he loves maraschino cherries and will take any extras that he can get his hands on. I’m sure he would adore these!

    • beantownbaker — February 11th, 2013 @ 11:22 am

      I’m sure he would too!

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    Paula — February 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    What a great combination for a cookie! They look delicious.

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    Zahra — July 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Salted or unsalted butter?

    • beantownbaker — July 30th, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

      I always use unsalted butter in my baking.

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