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Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing

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These sweet and soft Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing are the perfect fall treat. If you go apple picking this would be a nice way to use up your apples. The apple bars are topped with a creamy pumpkin pie icing to top off the delicious bars. 

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing on plate

APPLE BARS WITH PUMPKIN PIE SPICE ICING 

Apple season is here and a lot of you have been apple picking with your families. 

I know I am always looking for fun ways to use apples in baked goods. Today’s Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing are a favorite in my family. They are soft, flavorful and a great treat in the fall. If you are having a Halloween get together or pre-trick-or-treating festive make a batch of these to share with friends. 

You will especially love that creamy pumpkin pie spice icing. It adds an extra layer of deliciousness to the top of the apple bars.

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE APPLE SQUARES?

FOR THE APPLE BARS

  • BUTTER
  • SUGAR
  • EGGS
  • VANILLA
  • FLOUR
  • BAKING POWDER AND SODA
  • PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
  • APPLES

FOR THE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE ICING

  • BUTTER
  • CREAM CHEESE
  • POWDERED SUGAR
  • PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
  • VANILLA 

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing on plate

HOW DO YOU MAKE APPLE BARS?

TO MAKE THE BARS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13” quarter baking sheet and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl of an electric stand mixer. Add water, vanilla, and eggs in one at a time, beat until combined.

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing in bowl

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Gently add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.

Fold in chopped apples.

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing ingredients

Pour batter into the greased sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
When finished baking, let cool slightly before frosting.

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing with spatula

TO MAKE THE FROSTING

In a large bowl of a electric stand mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.

Add powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing with apple

OTHER APPLE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

EASY SKILLET APPLES

SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH APPLE SOUP 

APPLE PEAR SANGRIA 

Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing

Yield: 8 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the apple bars:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • For the pumpkin pie spice icing:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

    To Make the Bars:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13” quarter baking sheet and set aside.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl of an electric stand mixer. Add water, vanilla, and eggs in one at a time, beat until combined.
    3. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Gently add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
    4. Fold in chopped apples.
    5. Pour batter into the greased sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
      When finished baking, let cool slightly before frosting.

      To make the frosting:
    6. In a large bowl of a electric stand mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
    7. Add powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

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