Homemade Apple Bars

Homemade Apple Bars | A Recipe from On Sutton PlaceLast week when I was at my Dad’s for dinner, he told me he had something for me. When he says this I never know what I’m going to get. The past few years he has tried to “clear out” drawers, cabinets and closets. It’s a slow but steady job and he really is making progress. Anyway, he handed me a large envelope that he found in one of my Mom’s desk drawers. It was full of random recipes. Some were cut from magazines or newspapers, some were hand written on scrap paper or envelopes, most were very old. As I was looking through them, I came across a yellowed, torn piece of newspaper that said “$25,000 Apple Squares.” It looked easy and it called for sour cream which, in my opinion, makes any recipe amazing. I was not disappointed. These bars are so simple yet so good and they totally live up to their $25,000 title!

Homemade Apple Bars

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  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 in t. salt cuthalf if you use salted butter
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. chopped apples about 2 medium


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl add flour, brown sugar and butter.
  • Mix on low until incorporated. Will look like fine crumbles.
  • Stir in chopped nuts.
  • Press 3 c. of the flour mixture into an ungreased 9 x 13 pan.

To remaining mixture add

  • Cinnamon, soda, salt, sour cream, egg and vanilla.
  • Mix well.
  • Fold in apples.
  • Pour evenly over base.
  • Bake 30 - 35 min. until nicely browned. A knife inserted in the middle should come out clean.
  • Cut into squares.
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They literally took 10 minutes to throw together and put in the oven. Half of that time was spent chopping the apples. The best part about these bars is the bottom layer. It’s a buttery, crispy crust that holds the bars together after they are cut. This would be a great dessert to take to a pot-luck or family dinner. A crowd pleaser for sure.

Homemade Apple Bars | A Recipe from On Sutton PlaceMake sure and chop the apples rather small so the bars can be easily cut. The apples were completely cooked but were not mushy which I was very happy about. I’m not really a fan of mushy apples!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a little Fall Wreath Inspiration.
Until then…enjoy!

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  1. Ann, your recipes never disapoint! Mmmmm

  2. Ann, these look amazing and I can’t wait to make some. I just have to tell you that I’m new to your site and I’m already addicted!! I can’t wait to get another email with more good reading and info. One blog only takes me to another, and another….I just can’t get enough! I love seeing the garden, and projects that you’ve done to your home only inspires me. I’m always looking for new ideas to improve my home.

  3. Dean Briley says:

    Made these today….cooked for one hour and they were still not good…what did I do wrong….have been cooking for 60 years…..

  4. I made these bars this afternoon. Super easy and great tasting. I warmed up and drizzled a little Carmel topping over the bars-it was a perfect match for this recipe.

  5. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Ann, I just had to let you know that one of my sweet sister-in-laws made these apple bars and your homemade ice cream for my birthday today! Both were declicious. I have a few of the bars in my kitchen right now to have with my coffee in the morning! So your recipe made its way to South Carolina!

    1. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

      I meant to say sisters-in-law! Oh, lordy! I’ve been celebrating all day!

      1. Ann Drake says:

        Yay! What a great combo…hope you had a lovely day!

  6. Linda Sangirardi says:

    This sounds good….and easy too! I made your Apple Wanut Bread and had an extra one in the freezer which I took to a friend’s house last week. She shared it with her company and they all loved it! I passed the recipe along!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      You can never have too many apple recipes! Thanks for letting me know about the bread. Glad you liked it!

  7. These look so good! I love anything with apples, and your blog is one of my very favorites. I really like the variety of your posts. There is always something inspiring!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you Martha…what a nice thing to say. I am glad you are following along. Have a great week!

  8. Mary Carlson says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe Ann! I always love the stories that are attached with your post.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thanks for telling me that Mary…sometimes I wonder if I should share that sort of thing. I’m glad you don’t mind! Have a lovely week, Ann

  9. I love apple type cakes and bars. Always make me think of fall. I’ve pinned these! Any idea on the calories?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Oh Nanci I have no idea on the calories. Probably a lot. You can cut the bars any size you want though so portion control would be possible. I gave part of my batch away so that helped. My husband and I didn’t eat the whole pan!

  10. What a great gift via your Dad. And, just what I’ll need in a few weeks, with apple season coming up! Thanks…and have a great weekend! ;)

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thanks Donnamae…hope your weekend was great! It was a hot one here. I am more than ready for Fall!

  11. Such a treasured gift! Recipes given like this make them all the more special. Perfect timing for an apple treat since Fall is in the air, thanks for sharing :)
    P.S. I LOVE your recipes!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thanks Deni…when I see a comment from you it always makes me smile. You are the best. :)

  12. Nice Fall recipe. I’m going to try it next weekend when family comes into town. Always look forward to your posts!!

  13. Lindsay Eidahl says:

    These look amazing! I will have to try these!

  14. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    These look and sound wonderful! Apple season is starting too. Perfect timing!

  15. Cindy Kline says:

    Looks delicious! Which kind of apple did you use?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I used one golden delicious and one gala. I usually like to use honey crisp but they aren’t out yet. Hope you like it!

  16. This sounds like a good one, Ann! and I have all the ingredients .. so it just might be a “baking” day for me! :) Thank you!

  17. Peggy Zortman says:

    Yum! These look so good! And I am feeling fallish even with the 100 degree weather we are having. And apples say fall to me. Can’t wait to try these.

  18. debbiedoos says:

    Oh my those look so mouth watering Ann! I will take two this morning with my coffee!

  19. Kathleen G says:

    I wish I had some to go with my coffee. I treasure trove from your dad. Do you remembered having these Apple Bars baked by your mom? Kathleen in Az

    1. Ann Drake says:

      No Kathleen I can’t remember her ever making these. There were some recipes in that envelope that I remember though. She fed a family of 6 every night for years and years. They were on one income so I’m sure there were times the refrig. was getting low. We always, always had good food and plenty to eat though. Brings back nice memories!

  20. Yummy. I most definitely will borrow your recipe and bake this treat often. I am a fan of apple recipes and bake during the autumn. My dear mother-in-law gave me a delicious apple cake recipe that she often made for the church bake sales. People would arrive early to buy her apple cake. Your camera shots are awesome.