Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
My mom was the cook for our church preschool, and these were always a hit with the kids there.
- 3 cups unpeeled diced apples
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 3⁄4 cup oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1⁄2 cup chopped nuts
- 1 3⁄4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Stir together apples, sugar, oil, eggs and nuts.
- Sift together dry ingredients and stir into apple mixture.
- Pour into a greased jelly roll pan and bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
For a healthier bar, I subbed unsweetened applesauce for the oil, whole wheat flour for the flour, 2 egg subs, Splenda for the sugar, omitted the nuts (had none on hand), used 2 medium Granny Smiths (made 3-1/2 cups diced), and doubled the cinnamon (LOVE the stuff!!) I like that substitutions can easily be made, BUT it made for VERY thin bars - PAPER thin. Maybe it's because I used a 17-1/4 x 11-1/2 jelly roll pan and not the standard 15x10. Could THAT be it? Perhaps this recipe is better suited for a 9x9 or a 13x8 at the most if you like thicker bars (such as myself). Because they were so paper thin, they were done WELL before the time specified. I must have taken them out 10 minutes early and the bars turned a bit dry and tough from the overbaking. Doubt I'll make these again, but I will happily finish the leftovers :) If I do make them again, I'll try it in a 9x9 or 8x8
Cooked fine in 10"x15" bar pan, but they are just too oily for my taste. My kids didn't like them that much. Don't plan to make again.
Well, I messed up on these and forgot the egg! But they were so darn good (though they did not stay together of course), that I know they would be excellent with the egg to bind them. I did use 1/2 splenda and 1/2 sugar but otherwise left it the same. I am a little unclear on the size of the pan needed, though. But a nice bar cookie with a good flavor and crunch.