Apple Pie Bars

I made these yummy Apple Pie Bars the other night when the family came over for dinner. I found the recipe in an old Taste Of Home magazine. It won the grand prize for their Dessert bar contest and I definitely now know why. These Apple Pie Bars had all of the delicious goodness of a home-made apple pie in the form of a bar cookie. This is a very good way to serve apple pie to a larger crowd. My very bad picture-taking skills does these no justice, (to dark) sorry! Anyway……. Here’s the recipe..

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 to 10 Tablespoons cold water


  • 7 cups finely chopped peeled apples
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • dash ground nutmeg


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  1. In a bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, lemon juice and water; gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide in half. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out one portion of dough between two large sheets of waxed paper into a 17-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Press pastry onto the bottom and up the sides of pan; trim pastry even with top edge.
  3. In a bowl, toss the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; spread over crust. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pan; place over filling. Trim edges; brush edges between pastry with water or milk; pinch to seal. Cut slits in top. Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over bars before cutting.

Morning Glory Muffins

I have seen so many recipes for Morning Glory Muffins over the years and I have always wanted to try to make them. I liked the idea of these muffins being packed with so many good for you ingredients like carrot, apple, and raisins. I’m so glad that I finally did because we really liked these muffins! I don’t know if the kids realized that they were getting fruit and veggies in their muffin. I would definitely make these again. The recipe came from my Taste of Home 30-Minute Cookbook.

The ingredients are:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and shredded
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in carrots, raisins, coconut and pecans.
  2.  Combine eggs, oil, apple and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until muffins test done.

Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen

Baked Oatmeal

About 5 years ago we went to visit some friends in Texas. For breakfast one morning my friend Angie made us all baked oatmeal. It was so good and we all loved it. So I asked her for the recipe and have been making it for my family ever since. I serve it warm right out of the oven with a little bit of milk and it’s delicious. I normally double this recipe but this time I didn’t and by the time we were done there wasn’t a crumb left. I used chopped green apple but you could also use raisins, blueberries, peaches or what ever else you might like. The ingredients are:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar

In a medium bowl, mix all theses dry ingredients together

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 eggs

In a small bowl mix all of these wet ingredients.

Add wet ingredient to dry ingredients and mix together.

  • 1 small green apple chopped

Add chopped apple to the mixture and combine.

  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Pour mixture into a square baking dish. Sprinkle on the brown sugar and top with pats of cold butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with milk.

Apple-Raisin Bars

The women in my family love to cook. It is a passion and a bond that we share. We all try to get together once a week for family cook night. On this night we all bring a new recipe to share. One that we’ve either created ourselves or tried from a cookbook or magazine. Sometimes the recipes are great (we call those keepers), sometimes they are just OK (good enough to eat for the night but probably wouldn’t make it again), and then sometimes they are just plain Yukky (bummer but when you are trying new recipes that happens).

This last week we got together and all in all the recipes were pretty good. My mom made a Beef and Broccoli dish (the recipe was from an Everyday Food magazine) that was good but not as good as the Beef and Broccoli recipe she already has (I’ll have to share that recipe another day). I made a Paula Deen recipe for shrimp and vegetable tempura that was not good at all. It was not light and crunchy like tempura should be. After some doctoring up it was edible but I definitely won’t be sharing that recipe either. The star of the night was the Apple-Raisin Bars that my Aunt made. She found the recipe in a Family Circle magazine. We all really enjoyed these bars! The apples and raisins with the spice of the cinnamon was perfect. This recipe was definitely a keeper, so I’ll share this one with you.

The ingredients are:

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups diced Golden Delicious apple
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Liberally coat a 13×9″ baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, blend together sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla for 3 minutes or until smooth.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.


Apple Crunch Muffins

I made these Apple Crunch Muffins this morning for breakfast and Oh My Goodness are they good! I can’t believe that this recipe has been lying in my bin of recipes to try for 7 years! Everyone really enjoyed them. They are moist with the perfect amount of apple and cinnamon taste. Not to mention they made my house smell heavenly. I’m so glad I finally tried this recipe and I will definitely be making them again!

The ingredients are:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 t. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 1 1/2 t. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Shortening (I used butter flavored)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Tart Apples, unpeeled and shredded


  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 t. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans (Optional, I did not use)

Mix all together and set aside.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into mixing bowl.
  3. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until fine crumbs form.
  4. Combine egg and milk. add to dry ingredients, stirring just enough to moisten. Stir in apples.
  5. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. (I was able to fill 11 cups) Sprinkle with crunch topping.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  7. Serve warm with butter.