The Cookie Jar – Apple Bars

Last weekend the girls, Jim and I attended the Apple Tasting Festival at the Portland Nursery , a fun yearly event they do.  It will occur again this weekend so check it out if are here in Portland.  Unlike the weather today, cold, rain and windy, it was a perfect fall weekend – 65 degrees and sunny!  We had a great time tasting all kinds of apples as well as apple strudel, caramel apples, apples and brie – yum!  We each picked out some of our favorites (cameo, ambrosia) and brought them home so of course I have lots of apples to play with now.  The recipe I am sharing today would be a great one for the holiday cookie plate too.

The Apple Bar recipe was given to me by one of my “Beach Babe’ friends April.  April and I have known each other a long time and have had some fun “cooking adventures” including canning peaches and pears (and her giving birth to her 3rd child the next morning), and April is a Candy Making Expert – she taught me everything I know about candy making and we have fun getting together at the holidays to make candy – as long as the refrigerator is stocked with eggnog and Dr. Pepper!!

These Apple Bars might be a little more labor intensive (you have to core,  peel and chop the apples) but worth it.

The Cookie Jar – Apple Bars


    Cookie Layer:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • Apple Layer:
  • 2 or 3 Golden Delicious Apples
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk ( I used 1/2 and 1/2 I had in the frig)


    Cookie Layer:
  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Blend in flour
  • Pat on bottom of 10 x 15 pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until light brown
  • Apple Layer:
  • Core and chop apples to equal 2 cups
  • Melt butter in saucepan
  • Blend in brown sugar, apples, lemon peel, beaten egg and vanilla
  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt
  • Sir into apple mixture
  • Spread evenly over cookie layer and bake at 350 for 25 minutes
  • Glaze:
  • Combine powdered sugar, cinnamon and milk.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Glaze top of apple layer while still slightly warm and cut into bars.
  • Yum!


  1. Melanie says

    I’m thinking about making these for my daughter’s fall preschool luncheon…The cookie layer calls for shortening but you didn’t mention it in the directions. I assume it needs to be creamed with the butter & sugar?? Let me know if you can. Thanks!!

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