Apple Butter Bars

Presented by: Paula Nemzek from KCTS 9 Cooks

These easy bars are the perfect end to a holiday meal.

Makes 18 to 20 bars


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

Beat butter until creamy. Add half the flour, the brown sugar, white sugar, egg, apple butter baking soda and apple pie spice. Beat together until well blended, then beat in remaining flour. Stir in raisins and spread batter in prepared pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test in the center. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

For the icing, mix confectioners' sugar, vanilla and milk to drizzling consistency. Drizzle the bars with icing and cut into serving pieces.

Note: For apple pie spice you may substitute a mixture made from 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon allspice and 1/8 teaspoon cardamom.



Carol, I live in the Okanagan also and this is my fave Apple Butter recipe
5 1/2 lbs. apples, peeled and grated
3 cups sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook on high for about 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook for 9 to 11 hours and dark brown. It depends on the type of apples you use as some have a lot more juice than others. Stir occasionally at first but more frequent as it thickens or it will stick. Uncover and cook on low about 1 more hour to your desired thickness. You can freeze this in freezer containers or can in glass jars. This is highly adaptable to your own taste such as more or less sugar and spices. Enjoy!


How about a recipe for apple butter, so that I can make my own. I have loads of fresh apples from the Okanagan valley that I can use.

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