Fresh Apple Cookies/Bars

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

I have had this recipe in my file for a number of years, I don't know the origin. My family loves the flavor but the cookies are hard to make and handle so I turned it into bars. The bars are much easier to make and handle. We most often omit the glaze because it can be too sweet; although powdered sugar sprinkled on the cooled bars would dress them up for guests.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Glaze: Blend with spoon until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°.
  3. Sift flour and baking soda together, set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer.
  5. Blend in salt, spices, and egg.
  6. Add half the flour mixture and blend well.
  7. Blend in half the apple cider.
  8. Add the chopped apples to the remaining flour mixture and stir to coat.
  9. Add this and the remaining apple cider to the creamed mixure and stir by hand.
  10. For cookies: Drop by VERY small spoonful on cookie sheet and bake 8-9 minutes.
  11. Remove from sheet while still warm (be very careful they are very hard to handle) and glaze while barely warm.
  12. For bars: Spread in a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  13. Bake 20-25 minutes or until they test done with toothpick.
  14. Cut while barely warm.


Most Helpful

I made these as bars and they were not crumbly at all. Moist and the fresh apples were a nice touch. A little spicy for me. Next time I will delete the cloves and use 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. I like the cinnamon amount.

paulclynnc February 12, 2012

just exceelnt in flavor! One thing is mine was alittle on the crumbly side, so next time I will add another egg. We all really enjoyed this wonderful bar. I will be making it again! It is easy too. What I did different, instead of milk in the frosting, I added apple cider instead. I halved the frosting part, just to drizzle a small mount on top, it was perfect. A Very nice recipe CJ !!!

michEgan April 24, 2009

Wonderful!!!! Nice and moist as well!

Analee October 10, 2007

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