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Apple Cinnamon Bars

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Susan Reid

Apple Cinnamon Bars Recipe

These chewy bars use apple butter to stand in for much of the fat you'd normally find in a bar cookie. Their robust apple flavor is out in front, with just enough sweetness to make them equally welcome for a snack as dessert. For a change, try making with them pumpkin butter instead of apple butter; the pumpkin is an excellent partner for the whole-grain flour in the recipe.

At a glance

16 bars
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon boiled cider (optional)
  • 1 cup apple or pumpkin butter (See "tips," below.)
  • 1 1/4 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apples
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans or walnuts

Cinnamon Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup glazing sugar or confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon boiled cider or milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" square pan, or line with a parchment paper "sling" and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. For the bars: In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until soft. Add the egg and boiled cider (if using) beat until fluffy.
  3. Add the apple (or pumpkin) butter and mix to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, dried apples, and nuts. Stir into the butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and mix for 30 seconds more.
  5. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.
  7. Once cool, loosen the edges and use the sling to pull the slab out of the pan to cut and glaze.
  8. For the glaze (if using): Stir together the confectioners' sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  9. Add the boiled cider (or milk) and stir until smooth, adding a few drops more milk as needed\ to achieve a good consistency for drizzling.
  10. Drizzle over each square to glaze.
  11. Store, covered, for 5 days on the counter. Freeze for up to a month.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 bar, 46g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 153 cal
  • Calories from Fat 54
  • Total Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 31mg
  • Sodium 87mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 25g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 18g
  • Protein 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.