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Apple Cake Bars Recipe

Apple Cake Bars Recipe

Looking for a fast and easy way to make your house smell amazing and have a delicious desert? These apple pie bars are to die for! So so good.

Apple Cake Bars


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or freshly grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4lb salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (coursely chopped, tossed with 1 tsp flour)
  • 2 granny smith apples (diced)


  • 1 tablespoon brandy, rum, whiskey (if desired)


Adapted from a recipe found in the Milpitas Post on Friday January 22, 2021. The recipe was not fully printed, it stopped at the second step and had a glaze which I felt was overkill as the cake was very sweet. I cannot find the recipe online from their website.


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Step 2
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Set aside.
Step 3
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat up the butter on low until melted. Add the brown sugar and continue cooking on low while whisking until brown sugar is completely incorporated and melted. Remove from heat.
Step 4
Add the apple sauce and vanilla and whisk together until smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk again until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing (whisk or wooden spoon) to fully incorporate. Add the walnuts and apples and mix in. Pour in to 9x13 baking pan that is lined with parchment paper. Bake for 18-22 minutes at 350 degrees or until done.
Step 5
Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into squares. Or just keep in the pan and cut it as you go. So yummy!!! (oh and yes, you can eat it while warm, just let it cool for at least 10 minutes or you will burn your mouth and wait to cool before cutting up completely)

Indulge in the heavenly flavors of apple cake bars, a delightful treat that combines the natural sweetness of juicy apples with a moist and tender cake base. This recipe is a delightful fusion of fruity goodness and comforting spices that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg fills the air as the bars bake, making your kitchen feel warm and inviting.

The magic begins with a buttery and crumbly crust that forms the foundation of these delectable bars. The crust provides a delightful contrast to the soft and luscious apple filling. Generous layers of thinly sliced apples are nestled within the cake, ensuring each bite bursts with the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness. As you take a bite, your palate is greeted with the warm embrace of cinnamon, which harmonizes beautifully with the natural flavors of the apples. With a dusting of powdered sugar on top, these apple cake bars are not only a treat for the taste buds but also a sight to behold. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to savor the irresistible goodness of these apple cake bars.

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