More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but this recipe just calls for one - your favorite. That's my take on this recipe from great- great- grandma Nellie's recipe collection. This sweet little recipe makes scrumptious apple bars that have a few of my favorite ingredients: brown sugar, apples, and chopped nuts. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
I've put an * by the items I can purchase at my Illinois farmers market.
2 cups flour*
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon (for sprinkle at end)
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar + 2 Tablespoons (for sprinkle at end)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are great!)*
1 cup apples (your favorite variety of apple)*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
In a medium pot melt 1/2 cup margarine over low heat.
Remove pot from heat, and with a wooden spoon, beat in the brown sugar, 1 cup of white sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and then add the nuts and apples.
Add the flour mixture from the bowl to the warm mixture in the pot. Mix until smooth.
Pour into a 9x13 inch greased pan and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Natalie's Note: This is so yummy served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and/or a spoonful of whipped cream.
Serving size: 18 -24 servings depending on how big of a slice you cut and serve!