I was first introduced to these delicious apple treats while I was a young girl still attending the Amish church in Holmes County, Ohio. The ladies from church would take turns bringing the cookies/bars for the noon meal and these always disappeared quickly. The original recipe calls for raw apples but I use my home canned pie filling for convenience. Both versions are yummy!
Preheat oven to 350°.
For the crust:
1 cup butter, softened
2½ cups flour (Gold Medal)
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 egg yolks, beaten (reserve egg whites)
Cut butter into flour until fine crumbs form. I use my Bosch mixer instead of a pastry cutter.
Add sugar and baking powder and mix. Then add beaten egg yolks and mix again until they are evenly distributed. Press 2/3 of the crumbs into and up the sides of a greased 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
4-5 cups apple pie filling
Pour canned apple pie filling into crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.
Put the rest of the crumbs on top and spread evenly. Pat down gently. Beat the reserved egg white until soft peaks form and spread over top.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar.
Cool on a wire rack. In the meantime whip up the glaze to drizzle on top and brew some fresh coffee and break out the ice cream and call a friend and say,"I have some Apple Bars fresh out of the oven, would you like to come eat them with me?"
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon warm milk, or
enough to make it the right
Stir until smooth and drizzle over the bars. They perform best if you let them cool completely before serving but if you are serving them with ice cream they are really good warm.
Enjoy, while you try to imagine me as a young Amish girl who looked forward to the Sunday cookie selection.☺
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