Moist bars drizzled with icing.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.

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  • Beat butter or margarine until creamy. Add half of the flour, the brown sugar, white sugar, egg, apple butter, baking soda and the apple pie spice. Beat together until well blended. Beat in remaining flour and stir in raisins. Spread in prepared baking pan.

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or till toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with icing. Cut into bars.

  • To Make Icing: Mix 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 - 2 tablespoons milk. Mix to drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts

192.6 calories; 1.8 g protein; 34.9 g carbohydrates; 24 mg cholesterol; 80.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (76)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2004
These are great! I used a chopped granny smith apple instead of raisins and made the glaze with apple juice instead of the milk and vanilla. Very moist and apple-y. I also used muffin pans and reduced the baking time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2008
This recipe was a great way to use up some apple butter I found in my pantry. I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. My family thought they were ok but we're more chocolate people. I took a batch to work and they went fast! I'm going to take another batch to work for Thanksgiving. Read More
(8)
98 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2004
These are great! I used a chopped granny smith apple instead of raisins and made the glaze with apple juice instead of the milk and vanilla. Very moist and apple-y. I also used muffin pans and reduced the baking time. Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2004
These are great! I used a chopped granny smith apple instead of raisins and made the glaze with apple juice instead of the milk and vanilla. Very moist and apple-y. I also used muffin pans and reduced the baking time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2007
These are easy and taste great. This is a very versatile recipe. Try making them usingpumpkin butter and pumpkin pie spice OR peach butter and cinnamon. I love fruit butters so I'll definitely be making this more often especially in the Fall. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2010
These are good. I like my bars moist dense and chewy. To accomplish that in these bars I substituted 2 Tbsp. of Egg Beaters for the egg and used only 1/4 tsp. of baking soda. That way the batter doesn't rise very much and the bars become more chewy. I doubled the powdered sugar and used 1/2 tsp. clear vanilla and 2 1/2 Tbsp. milk for the glaze. My daughter also liked them. These would be great for people that don't like or can't have chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2011
I made this for a class party and it was a big hit! Very moist and naturally sweet; not so much the overbearingly artificial sweetness that so many desserts have nowadays. Instead of raisins I chopped up a granny smith apple into little bits and put that into the mix. My one teacher even said "Now that's what I'm talking about!" when I gave him a piece haha! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
I had never had apple butter before but really wanted to try baking with it. I didn't use the raisins in the bars because my kids don't like them. After drizzling these with frosting I sprinkled some with golden raisins and I liked them much better with the raisins. If I were to make again I would definitely add the raisins or even craisins into the batter. These were very moist and even now into the 3rd day they are very good and my husband and I are enjoying them in our lunches. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2010
Loved this! Tastes a lot like a spice cake. My fiance and I substituted an apple for the raisins and it was a nice touch. I don't have apple pie spice so I added a combination of allspice cinnamon ginger and nutmeg (basically homemade apple pie spice minus cardamom). Only change I'll make next time is using baking powder instead of baking soda so it won't rise as much (it would be less cakey this way). A lot of reviews say it doesn't need the glaze but I think it added the perfect touch. Paired with some ice cream and coffee it was a great end to a nice fall day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
Delicious. Soft tender cake nicely spiced quick and easy to whip up. I was a little leery of just throwing all the ingredients in together and beating as directed but there was no problem. Nice as it makes for easier cleanup. I followed this recipe but used half whole wheat flour and pumpkin butter along with pumpkin pie spice. I also left out the raisins. These truly don't need the glaze but they are much prettier with it so I just drizzled it on lightly. Thank you for sharing a great little recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2008
This recipe was a great way to use up some apple butter I found in my pantry. I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. My family thought they were ok but we're more chocolate people. I took a batch to work and they went fast! I'm going to take another batch to work for Thanksgiving. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
Moist and Yummy! I made a few changes only because of what I had/didn't have in the cupboard. Did not have raisins and had an overabundance of apple butter so I added a full cup of apple butter. Didn't frost but baked in muffin pans and they were DELICIOUS! Read More
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