Saturday, March 6, 2010

Apple Cinnamon Bars

I loved this recipe! The chunks of apple and smattering of raisins, the chewy sweet cake, and the cinnamon and sugar crust on top was everything I was hoping for! SO good! I'll keep this recipe in mind during apple season. And the rest of the year, too.

Apple Cinnamon Bars
(adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)
Printable Recipe
Serves 12

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar (or the BiH equivalent, which isn't very much like brown sugar at all)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
2 large green apples, cored and diced
cinnamon sugar mixture

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
3) Using a mixer or by hand, beat the butter with the sugars on medium. Scrape down the sides if necessary. On low, add the eggs, one at a time. Beat until combined. Add vanilla. Mix until everything is smooth.
4) Slowly stir in flour until all is combined. Don’t over mix. Stir in the raisins and apples. Dough will be chunky.
5) Spread the dough evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle the dough lightly with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
6) Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow bars to cool before cutting. Enjoy!

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