Last week we went apple picking, and I’m nearing the end of my half-bushel of apples. I wanted to make a dessert to have tonight when my parents come for dinner. I wanted to make something new, so I decided to try this recipe that I found in the October 2011 issue of Family Circle.
It was fast and easy to make. I substituted chocolate chips instead of raisins because I like chocolate chips better. I liked that there was no white sugar in the recipe, but light brown instead. I’m sure that if you DID choose raisins rather than chocolate chips, it’d be even more healthy with the added fruit.
The recipe was quick and easy to prepare. I used my Kitchen Aid stand up mixer to do the prep. The house smelled delicious the entire time these were baking, and the batter, which I did taste despite having eggs in it, was delicious as well. You can always tell how good a recipe will be by how good the batter is!!
The recipe got rave reviews from my family and three thumbs up from the girls!
This weekend I still have one more apple recipe to try out before I’ve finished up with all of our handpicked apples; a recipe for apple bread from my friend Jenn, but for now, this one is up next!
Here is the recipe. Enjoy!
Apple Chocolate Chip Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups light packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (one stick) butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1 /2 cups diced Golden Delicious apple (this was about 4 medium apples for me)
1 cup chocolate chips (or you could do the original recipe: 3/4 cups raisins)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally coat a 13x9x2 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, blend together sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla for three minutes or until smooth.
Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; mix for two minutes or until just incorporated.
Stir in diced apples and raisins and spread into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.