If you are looking for a flavorful Fall or Holiday apple recipe, try these yummy Apple Spice Bar Cookies (or Apple Spice Cake). The Apple Spice cookies have lots of cinnamon and nutmeg in them, plus molasses. They have an almost gingerbread flavor and are delicious with a cup of tea or mulled cider on a chilly Fall day.
These cookies are cake-soft. Bake them in a 9×12 pan if you prefer a cake or a 10×15 if you prefer bar cookies.
I grew up in 4-H, where I learned many life skills, including baking. One of the projects I entered in the County Fair was an apple recipe collection. New York State is known for many fantastic apple varieties. We had to pick a main ingredient and then make at least ten recipes using that ingredient. We then had to write a review, as well as try and make the recipes as healthy as possible. I think I was about 12 at the time. Check out that snazzy handwriting! I don’t know what happened to the rest of the cookbook, but as you can see, I did happen to save the original Apple Spice Bar Cookies page I created for my recipe collection. This page has been well loved over the years. You can see some of my later notes. I also added a lemon sauce to the recipe.
My mother taught me one of the best baking tricks: If you want raisins to be plump and soft in your cookie and cake recipes, simmer them on the stove for a few minutes before adding them to your recipe. Measure out the raisins first then place them in a saucepan. Cover the raisins with water (1 to 2 cups). Then place them on medium heat until they almost boil. Simmer for several minutes until the raisins soften up. Drain the raisins and then let them cool. Stir them in the colander a few times to help the raisins cool faster and release extra water.
If you add boiling hot raisins to your recipe directly, the eggs will curdle. Also, you can use some of the leftover raisin water in your recipes in place of other types of liquids. I don’t use the raisin water in this particular recipe, but with some experimenting you could probably replace some or all of the milk.
Apple Spice Bar Cookies (Or Apple Spice Cake) with Warmed Lemon Sauce
¼ cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ cup milk
1 cup simmered raisins, (drained and cooled)
2 cups diced apple
1. Simmer the raisins on the stove, then drain and cool. Also peel and dice the apples. Set aside.
2. Cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and molasses.
4. Sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the batter alternating with the milk.
5. Add the raisins and apple and carefully stir.
6. Pour into a greased 10×15 pan for apple spice bar cookies or 9×12 pan for apple spice cake.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. (Insert a knife or toothpick in the middle to test. It should come out clean of batter).
8. When cool, cut into bars and serve with warmed lemon sauce or lemon yogurt.
1 ½ T. cornstarch
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup cold water
½ cup hot water
½ lemon, juice and zest
2 T. butter
1. In a saucepan, blend cornstarch, sugar, and salt until no lumps.
2. Slowly add the cold and hot water while cooking over medium-low heat, stirring regularly to dissolve the dry ingrdients.
3.Cook 10 minutes, then add the lemon juice and zest and the butter. Stir well.
4. Drizzle over the Apple Spice Bar Cookies (Or Apple Spice Cake).
We hope these Apple Spice Bar Cookies become a delicious Fall tradition in your house! Enjoy!
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