Thursday, December 20, 2018


Here is another one of the delicious treats that Friend Anita brought to share with the congregation recently at church on Saturday night. The Saturday night worship is more casual and someone brings cookies and bars to be enjoyed with coffee before the worship begins.

These Apple Raisin Bars were almost gone but I did manage to get one to take home and enjoy after the handbell choir finished playing our songs.

Click here for a printable version of just this recipe.


2       cups flour
2       teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2    teaspoon salt
2       cups packed light brown sugar
2       eggs
1/2    cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1       teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups diced Golden Delicious apple
3/4    cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 - inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed. blend together the sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla for 3 minutes or until smooth.

Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; mix for 2 minutes or until just incorporated. Stir in diced apples and raisins and spread into prepared pan.

Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into bars and serving. Anita sifted some powdered sugar on them. (Always makes a nice presentation.)

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