Glazed Apple Bars

  • Yield: 2 dozens


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


  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.