Apples, nuts and cinnamon make these bars delicious. They hardly last a day at my house!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 9x9-inch pan
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 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 9x9 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and walnuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 22.1g 7% DV; fat 5.7g 9% DV; cholesterol 19.3mg 6% DV; sodium 93.8mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2004
Here are few tips that I learn from doing that recipe. First, I tripled most of the recipe, except for the topping. I baked it into big rectangular corning ware dish (about 16" x 9). I added a touch of almond extract. It gives it a nice taste. When baked, I topped it with a touch of icing sugar. It looked great. DO NOT over cook. I baked them for 30-35 minutes. These squares are better when they are moist. Do as the recipe says. Do not use a toothpick to judge if bake or not as it will come out as if it was not baked. Hope this help! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/04/2011
The taste was fine although I found it too doughy it baked longer then stated and the out-side became crispy with a gooey raw center. Also I didn't like the topping it just fell off. I could not cut these into neat squares as they fell apart and would not hold any shape. Im sorry that these did not turn out for me. Read More
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
Here are few tips that I learn from doing that recipe. First, I tripled most of the recipe, except for the topping. I baked it into big rectangular corning ware dish (about 16" x 9). I added a touch of almond extract. It gives it a nice taste. When baked, I topped it with a touch of icing sugar. It looked great. DO NOT over cook. I baked them for 30-35 minutes. These squares are better when they are moist. Do as the recipe says. Do not use a toothpick to judge if bake or not as it will come out as if it was not baked. Hope this help! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2004
I took these to work and everyone loved them! I doubled the recipe and baked them in a 9X13 pan instead so they were thicker, more like cake. I also used less brown sugar than it called for (because I ran out) and substituted with extra white sugar, and I used pecans instead of walnuts. It turned out great! The only thing I would do differently--if doubling the recipe in one pan again, I wouldn't double the cinnamon sugar topping because there was way too much. I used it all and when the bars were picked up, tons fell off---mostly sugar, leaving a VERY strong cinnamon taste, probably more than many people would want. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2006
Just made these this afternoon and the kids had already eaten half the pan before the bars finished cooling! These are really tasty. I doubled the recipe (but I cut down BOTH sugars to approx. 3/4c each) and increased the apples to 2 large chopped apples (just over 2c). Left out the nuts. The bars were still sweet enough and don't require any frosting (although the caramel drizzle one reviewer suggested would be delish). Did not double the cinn/sugar topping. Baked in 9x13 pan for 33 minutes. My daughter said to save this recipe and we'll definitely make again soon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2010
I didn't try these so I have to write this review based on Hubs' report. He said these were the kind of thing he could eat till he got sick on they were that good. Five stars, he said, and better than his all-time favorite butterscotch cookies. Wow! I used Granny Smith apple, left out the nuts at his request and glazed them (right on top of the cinnamon sugar topping) with a butterscotch glaze I kind of just threw together as an experiment: 2 T. each of butter, brown sugar and cream, boiled for a couple of minutes, added about 1/2 tsp. vanilla, then more cream and powdered sugar till desired consistency. These are chewy, subtley cinnamony and appley with a butterscotch finish (his words, not mine). Definitely a make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2007
I made this recipe 3 times in the last couple of days. I had bought apples in bulk and needed to use them. I made 2 recipes with a 9x9 pan, cutting both sugars down to less than 1/2 cup each. The first time, I used 1 cup of apples but the next time, I used 1 1/2 full apples and I liked it better with more apples. With more apples, the squares are more moist and cakey. I also made a batch in a 9x13 pan -- I doubled the recipe, used 3/4 cup of each sugar, used 2 1/2 full apples, and baked for 33 minutes. No need to double the sugar topping. Delicious! And I had all the ingredients in my pantry already. This is going to be one of my favorite recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2007
I have to say that with a little bit of this and a little less of that. This was the most incredible apple cake we have ever had. My husband who is very picky couldn't stop talking about it. He said it kicked but!!!! I added 2 cups of apples and only a 1/4 cup of sugar. I also added a 1/4 cup of apple juice. It was so moist it melted in your mouth. I also made a creamcheese topping to spread on top. OH MY GOSH!!!! You can get the creamcheese topping from this website as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2004
I have made these several times now and thought that it was about time that I put my review in. These are wonderful!! Everytime that I make them they disappear quickly. I use 1 and a 1/2 times the recipe and bake in a 13'X 9' pan. Then I put a carmel glaze drizzled over the top. Just put powdered sugar (about 1/2 to 3/4 Cup)in a small bowl with enough milk to make a semi-thin glaze and stir a couple of tablespoonsfull of the carmel used for dipping apples etc.(Found in the produce section of your market). Drizzle over the top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2010
Love this basis of this recipie but I did tweek it the second time. I made the first batch exactly as specified and would rate it a 3.5, mainly because it was too sugary for me and not enough apples. Second batch was 5 stars, here's what i did: I doubled most of the ingredients and used 5 nice size apples (about 2 1/2 cups) and added 1/2 cup apple juice. I also cut down on the sugar, using just 1/2 cup brown, 1/2 cup white. It turned out less sugary, moist and delicious! The second time I didn't even finish by sprinkling the cinnamon and sugar on top - the family didn't even notice! They've been begging for more apple brownies ever since. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2007
Really moist and gooey. I doubled the recipe too except for the sugar and cinnamon topping. For the sugar I used only 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar and it was plenty sweet. Next time I think I'll add about 1/2 cup apple juice for more apple flavor and tang. I will also use Granny Smith and double the apples. I used a braeburn apple this time and the flavor was too flat. I doubled the recipe but still used a 9x9 dish and baked exactly 40 min. Like a gooey coffee cake. Just make sure to cool completely before cutting since the cake is so moist. Will make again. (I gave only 4 star since it wasn't 100% perfect. Doubling the apples is a must!) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/04/2011
The taste was fine although I found it too doughy it baked longer then stated and the out-side became crispy with a gooey raw center. Also I didn't like the topping it just fell off. I could not cut these into neat squares as they fell apart and would not hold any shape. Im sorry that these did not turn out for me. Read More
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