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.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- Combine powdered sugar, cinnamon and milk.
- Blend until smooth.
- Glaze top of apple layer while still slightly warm and cut into bars.