Apple Butter Bars

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Apple Butter Bars

Apple butter bars are a delicious and autumn-inspired dessert that feature the rich and spiced flavor of apple butter. They are a great treat to enjoy during the fall season or any time you’re craving a sweet and comforting dessert. Here’s a basic recipe to make apple butter bars:

Ingredients:

For the Crust and Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups apple butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350Β°F (175Β°C). Grease a 9Γ—13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter, fork, or your hands to cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. The mixture should hold together when pressed.
  4. Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture for the topping, and press the remaining mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Press it down firmly to create a crust.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the apple butter, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg until well combined.
  6. Spread the apple butter mixture evenly over the crust in the baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture evenly over the apple butter layer, creating a crumbly topping.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the edges are slightly bubbly.
  9. Remove the apple butter bars from the oven and let them cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  10. Once cooled, refrigerate the bars for a few hours or overnight to allow them to set and make cutting easier.
  11. Cut into squares or bars and serve.

These apple butter bars are wonderfully sweet and spiced, making them a perfect treat for the fall season or anytime you have a craving for apple-flavored desserts. Enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee for a delightful treat.