Monday, October 29, 2012

Apple Bars

Waiting for a hurricane is strange.  Things get cancelled, everyone is supposed to stock up, try to take care of the important things.  Then you sit around and wait for the power to go out, afraid to start something in case you can't finish.

One good thing has come of this time though, I am starting to catch up on things like this blog!  I'm excited to share yet another version of everyone's favorite Seven Layers.  This time they're apple-themed and they were a hit with my lab, so I'm sure you'll enjoy them as well!!

Apple Bars
adapted from Beantown Baker & my Seven Layer Bars

1 stick butter
1c TJ's ginger cats crumbs (or another ginger spice cookie)
3/4c homemade applesauce (w/cinnamon)
1/2t cinnamon (increase if you have plain applesauce)
1/4t nutmeg
1/8t cloves
2 apples, peeled, cored & thinly sliced
3/4c white chocolate chips (or 3oz chopped)
1/2c cinnamon chips
1c chopped pecans
1 14oz can (fat free) sweetened condensed milk
1c unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350deg.  Add a stick of butter to a 9x13" pan and place it in the preheating oven until melted.

In a small bowl, mix applesauce with spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves) and set aside.

Once butter is melted, sprinkle cookie crumbs over and pat so there's an even layer of crumbs.  Gently spread spiced applesauce over the cookie base.  Layer the apple slices over the applesauce.  Sprinkle on the white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips and pecans.  Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the pan, and then top with coconut.

Place pan in oven and bake for 30-35min, until edges are browned and bubbly.  Let cool completely on a wire rack and then transfer to the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before cutting.  These are pretty sweet, so I cut my bars into ~1" squares, feel free to cut as you see fit!

What's the best thing you've done with your apples this season??


Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew said...

Oh wow, I wish I had all the ingredients to make these! These look incredible! Stay safe in Boston!

Jen said...

I agree, it's really weird just sitting around waiting like this. I want to bake a pie, but would hate for the power to go out while it's baking. I should have just done it by now! Glad to hear these were a hit at the lab.

Natalie said...

ooh love this variation!!

stay safe!

Ricki said...

Yum! Sounds like my kind of bar! And hope you stay warm and dry and safe!!

Kristen said...

great way to use up your apples. these look like a good hurricane treat!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...


Delicious Dishings said...

These sound tasty! I made an apple cider doughnut cake -- it was a big hit this weekend. It is odd how there's a lot of waiting around.

Joanne said...

I hope you guys fared okay in the storm! We thankfully didn't lose power in my building...but I'm one of the few! Oh I wish I had one of those apple bars on my table right now!!

Erica said...

These sound amazing! I think I'd prefer these to the traditional seven layer bars!! Hope you're doing well and are nice and safe!

Laura said...

I know exactly what you mean about the waiting for the hurricane. I was completely unfocused and kept thinking I should run the dishwasher in case the power and water went out, but then, the dishwasher takes forever, maybe I should not run it in case the power goes out in the middle of the cycle.

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmm these look perfect! I kept wanting to bake yesterday, but was scared the power woul go out... It never did!


Ranjani said...

mmmm, I bet one of these bars would have made the hurricane waiting more enjoyable!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

These look wonderful. Glad you were able to finish them without losing power!

Angie's Recipes said...

These apple bars look incredible!

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