As part of a Kauffmans Fruit Farm Blog Program I received a complimentary item in return for this apple recipe for Apple Butter Bars. All opinions are 100% my own.
Fall will be here before you know it and the varieties of apples will be abundant in our markets. I do not make my own apple butter but do enjoy it when I get a jar in our pantry. As part of a year long program I will be trying out different Kauffman’s Fruit Farm Boxes. I am so thrilled, nothing like food coming to your house. Not that its enough to avoid the grocery, but I am excited to try things that I may not try on our own. The first was the Gift Box of Orchard Samples. A modest box filled with my choice of 4 apples and Kauffman’s Apple Butter.
First a little about Kauffman’s Fruit Farm.
Kauffman’s “Family Orchard” products have been recognized and enjoyed since the early 1900’s. Founder Amos L. Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911, and today the 3rd, 4th, & 5th generations own & operate the business.
Our warehouse and country market are located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country. Our nearby orchards produce over 135 varieties of tree fruits on 100 acres and are managed with a visionary focus that watches changing consumer needs and national market conditions.
This year is an exception but we love going to family owned pick your own farms to pick seasonal fruit. We were thrilled to be part of this program.
Back to the Apple Butter Bars. The real reason you are here. I have used apple butter on bread before but never for baking. While it is amazing right out of the jar, yes with a spoon is acceptable folks, it brings a rich flavor to these apple butter bars.
The apples were crisp, and juicy even a little out of season, you never know. The varieties obviously only red or yellow since its in the middle of the summer. Even if they were not so perfect, cutting up mealy apples for a recipe is the best way to use them instead of throwing them out.
The batter is simple and can be made by hand or in a mixer, I am lazy so the mixer is my go to! DO NOT use the mixer to add the apples. This you must do by hand or you will not have the nice chunks of apple in your bars.
Once they are cooled, Cut them into bars and drizzle with a simple glaze. (Wish I had cider that would have been an amazing addition to the glaze).
Allow the glaze to harden and then eat. (if you can wait that long).
These were softer than a blonde but were so flavorful with the addition of the apple butter. Will definitely double this recipe next time
Apple Butter Bars
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup apple butter
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 cup chopped apples
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk or cider
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. (9x9 pan for half a recipe) Cream butter and sugar then beat in egg and apple butter in a mixer. Mix in half of the flour sifted with the baking soda and the apple pie spice. Beat in remaining flour, then stir in apples with a spoon. Spread into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or till toothpick in center comes out clean. Be sure to check it early. Cool in pan and cut into bars.
To Make Icing: Mix 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 - 2 tablespoons milk or cider. Mix to drizzling consistency and drizzle over cooled bars.