Glazed Apple Bars

  • Yield 2 dozens

Ingredients

Bars:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 medium chopped red apple, such as Gala, peeled if desired
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup 2 percent reduced-fat milk
Glaze:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons warm 2 percent reduced-fat milk
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 15 x 10-inch jellyroll pan.
  2. To prepare bars, cream butter and brown sugar with a mixer at medium-high speed. Add salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and egg; beat until well blended.
  3. Combine 1 cup flour and baking soda in a bowl; add to butter mixture. Stir in apple, raisins and pecans by hand. Add milk and remaining flour; mix well. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until light brown. Cool 10 minutes.
  4. To prepare glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, butter, vanilla and salt in a bowl; mix well. Spread glaze over cooled bars and cut to serve. Makes 2 dozen bars.

Recipe by Donna Roberts, Shumway, Ill.

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