Spiced Apple Bars with Brown Sugar Buttercream
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
For the Bars
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 C white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ⅛ tsp cardamom
  • 1 C finely chopped apples
For the Frosting
  • 2 C confectioner's sugar
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and cardamom.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until combined. Stir in chopped apples.
  5. Press dough into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bars just start to turn light golden brown. Do not over bake.
  6. Remove dish to wire rack to cool. While bars are cooling, beat together frosting ingredients for frosting until light and fluffy.
  7. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Cut into bars and serve.
Recipe by A Kitchen Addiction at https://www.a-kitchen-addiction.com/spiced-apple-bars-brown-sugar-buttercream/