Apple Bars with Lemon Glaze
Committee meeting working lunch, 8/16/12
These bars are a tasty way to use apples and show off fall flavors.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- scant 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup grated apple
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 – 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 10.5″ x 15.5″ jelly roll pan (or use both an 8×8 and a 9×9) very well.
In a stand mixer or by hand, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat to combine.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Add half the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and stir to combine. Add the grated pear and mix to combine. Then add milk and remaining flour mixture. Stir to combine completely.
Spread mixture in jelly roll pan. It should just fill it up (you may want to put a tray underneath just in case there’s any overflowing in the oven). Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and the bars spring back when poked.
To make the icing, whisk confectioners sugar into lemon juice. Add just enough to reach your desired drizzling thickness. Drizzle over bars, then cut and serve.
Makes 24 bars.