I love baking with apples, especially in the fall. As much as I love chocolate, apples and pumpkin come in a pretty close second. I made these delicious bars last year after a football game when we had people over to hang out (unfortunately we lost that game), so I will forever associate these bars with football, slightly cooler weather, and fall. Last time I made them, I even made some caramel sauce to pour over the bars. Apples and caramel is one of my favorite combinations. These bars had a caramel taste to them and were perfectly sweet with the slight crunch of the apples to create a great texture. These are also good keepers, as they stay soft and moist for several days (not that they will last that long!).
Apple Spice Bars
Source: Good Things Catered
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
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 apples, cored and diced (a little less than 2 c.)
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 9×13 pan with foil and baking spray.
-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)