Apple Butter Bars

Right when my sister, my official taste tester, took her first bite of my apple butter bars, she proceeded to name me the official “baking goddess.” These bars are moist and light, making them great for any summer picnic! The cake tastes like a warm mix of cinnamon and apples, while the frosting is perfectly sweet and citrus with the lemon zest. image-1

 

Apple Butter Bar Recipe: For the Bars:ssc

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups apple butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 3  cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, one stick, softened
  • 5 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Apple Butter Batter
  2. Measure all ingredients for bars, and place in a large mixing bowl.  Beat at low speed until moistened, then at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour into greased 10×15-inch jelly roll pan, a cookie sheet with sides will also work. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.
  5. For the frosting, place all frosting ingredients in a small bowl, and simply beat until smooth.
  6. Once the bars are cool, spread frosting over bars. Feel free to grade more lemon zest to top the bars, if you want to increase the lemony citrus taste.

This recipe makes 4 dozen bars.

Enjoy! Follow for more recipes and tips!

Apple Butter Bars

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3 thoughts on “Apple Butter Bars

  1. These look amazing! I would love to give them a go 🙂 I love apple with all the spices you have used; they all go so amazingly well with eachother. I have never tried or even seen apple butter before, it sounds great though. I will have to try and see if i can find it somewhere! Great recipe and photos 🙂

    • Aw thank you so much! I actually go to school in Indiana, and I guess apple butter is pretty common there! I am home for the summer in California, and I found the apple butter in the jelly aisle at my local Von’s! Let me know if you end up making the recipe, I’d love to hear what you think of it!

      • That is awesome,It must be amazing to be in California for the summer! I am living in Spain so I am not too sure where I will be able to find it, but I have looked up a recipe to make homemade apple butter! So I will have a go at making that and then I will attempt your apple butter bars 🙂

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