It’s 10AM and she’s ready for dessert, to top off the doughnut she had for breakfast an hour or two earlier with a cup of coffee.  My sweet Grandma Bartz, a woman with a heart of gold.  At 96 she swears that sugary treats are one of her secrets to a long and healthy life.  Naturally, this must be why I am the way I am, lurking for a dessert after every meal that I have and for snacks in between!  It has recently dawned on me that I think I get my itch to bake from her too, she is an AMAZING baker.  The smell of her homemade bread -omg!  And her banana cream pie -has me scraping my plate clean every time.  Another one of my all time favorites that she bakes are her Glazed Apple Bars which I’ll be sharing with you in this post!  Despite the 90+ degree temps we’ve been sweating through this week, fall is just around the corner and these are the perfect dessert to whip up for party or get together.  We’ve had a stressful week at work…only to increase through Friday…the office needed something.  I made these last night and brought them in for some emotional eating -sometimes ya just gotta!  Note: it is perfectly acceptable to bake these up and hog them for yourself at home too!   

Grandma Bartz's Glazed Apple Bars

Before I proceed with the recipe…can I just tell you that I bought two bags of apples at our local grocery store last night only to get home and realize 45 minutes later that I had left them there?!  Good news is I found out the dough holds up well while waiting extra long for the apples to be prepped :-).

There are 3 components to this recipe: 1) the crust, 2) the filling, and 3) the glaze.  I’m breaking the ingredients up accordingly below.

Crust
1 Cup Shortening
1 TBSP Sugar
1 TSP Salt
2 Cups Flour
1/3 Cup Milk
1 Egg Yolk (beaten)

Filling
8 Medium McINtosh Apples (sliced)
1 Cup Sugar
1 TBSP Flour
Cinnamon (to sprinkle on top of the above ingredients once mixed)
Butter (this is for on top of 2nd layer of dough)
Egg White (this is for on top of 2nd layer of dough)

Frosting
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 TBSP Butter
1.5 TSP Vanilla
3 TBSP Milk
1 TSP Cinnamon

Start by mixing the crust ingredients together to form your dough, I use a standup mixer to do this.  My 2 year old helped me with the dough and thought his handprint was pretty cool…me, I think it is adorable :-).  He’s so little, yet getting so big at the same time!Making dough with kids

Anyhow!  After you have your dough formed in a ball, roll it out with a rolling pin.  You are  going to half it; 1 half is going to be the bottom of your bars and the other half is eventually going to go on top.  I used a 9×13 pan, my grandma uses a cookie sheet.  I also put parchment paper down in the pan before pressing my first layer of dough into it. This is not necessary, but makes the bars less messy.  Just use some cooking spray if you opt out of the parchment paper.  Set your second layer of dough to the side while you mix up your filling.

Slice your apples up into very thin slices and then mix together all filling ingredients in a bowl.  Once mixed, spread the filling out onto the 1st layer of dough that you put in the pan.  (Yes – I made 2 batches!)  Sprinkle some cinnamon over the top and a little bit of brown sugar if ya want. Sliced apples for apple bars

Then spread your second layer of dough on top of your filling.  Brush the top of your dough with butter, beaten egg white, and a little cinnamon.  No need to measure this, just use as much as you want.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and spread with powdered sugar glaze.  For your glaze, literally just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and it will be ready to go.  Then eat, eat, eat away!  These are so yummy, the perfect amount of sweet without being too overpowering.  Plus the apples make them healthy 😉 …this is a joke, but hey -some fruit is better than no fruit, am I right?!Grandma Bartz's Glazed Apple Bars

The perfect amount of sweetness also makes them a little dangerous…it is easy to eat a lot of them without feeling sick on sweets right away….Worth It!!!

Grandma Bartz’s Glazed Apple Bars

Hope ya’ll enjoy this family recipe!!!

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