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brown butter apple bars on white plates with a gold fork and apples next to it

Brown Butter Apple Bars

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  • Author: Heather Bilyeu
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x


Brown butter apple bars are tender, full of fall spices, and topped with a sweet maple glaze. The perfect treat for these chilly falls and the holiday season!


  • 2/3 Cup Brown Butter
  • 2 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 2/3 Cup Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 Apples - peeled, cored, and shredded - Granny Smith and Honey Crisp are best for this recipe

Maple Glaze

  • 1 1/4 C Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream or Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter - softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place butter in a large shallow skillet on medium heat. Cook until butter is melted and starting to turn brown. Once melted keep an eye on the color and smell. It can go from brown butter to burnt butter very quickly. This whole process will take around 10 minutes. The butter once melted will start to bubble and foam. You will know when it is done when there are brown bits on the bottom of the skillet, it’s a caramel color and starts to smell nutty. Remove from heat and let cool completely (place in the fridge or freezer to speed the process up)
  3. Add butter to a large bowl with brown sugar. Whisk until combined. This can be done by hand or with a mixer.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until the mixture is light and smooth.
  5. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gently mix until combined. The dough will be thick and sticky.
  6. Grate 2 large peeled and cored apples with a food processor or cheese garter. Add to the dough and stir until all is incorporated and combined.
  7. Pour dough into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Place in the oven and bake for 65-70 minutes. At 60 minutes check the center with a toothpick. The toothpick will come out clean with just a few crumbs on it. If not finished yet, continue to bake for 5-10 more minutes until finished. 
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  9. While the cake is cooling, add all the glaze ingredients to a bowl and whisk until smooth with no lumps remaining. 
  10. Drizzle then glaze over the bars and serve!


  • Store leftovers covered tightly in the fridge for 2 days
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 440
  • Sugar: 53.9 g
  • Sodium: 226.9 mg
  • Fat: 13.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 78 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 77.6 mg
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