Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Apple Almond Bars

This is a great, kid-friendly recipe, versatile, simple, easy enough to let the older kids practice baking on. I'm a big believer in letting kids learn their way around the kitchen - that's how I learned.

With most of my recipes for bars, its a simple dump-and-stir recipe, which keeps things a little easier when dealing with a lot of people/kids helping you. I've even used this recipe to teach adults that are unfamaliar with baking - and it works like a charm!

1 box classic white cake mix
2 eggs
1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce
1/3 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. apple juice or cider
2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. rum extract
1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
1/2 C. sliced almonds
2 medium apples (overripe work great), finely chopped

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 13x9" baking dish.

Mix well all ingredients. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with additional almonds, if desired.

Bake for 25-28 minutes. (Shorter for metal pan, longer for glass or ceramic dish).

Cool and cut.
Yield: 24-30 bars

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