Apple-Brown Butter Bars


Even the brown butter used in this apple dessert recipe is extra special. It's spiced with your favorite fall spices (cinnamon and allspice). Drizzled atop this layered dessert it adds gooey enticement.

Apple-Brown Butter Bars
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ 8 ounce package almond paste, crumbled

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup almonds

  • ½ cup cold butter, cut up

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ teaspoon each ground cinnamon and ground allspice

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • cup granulated sugar

  • cup apple juice

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream

  • 2 - 3 medium apples (6 ounces each), such as Honeycrisp, Gala, and/or Granny Smith, cored, halved, and very thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoon apple jelly (optional)

  • Sea salt flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil; coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor combine 1 1/2 cups flour, the almond paste, brown sugar, and almonds. Cover and pulse until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup butter. Cover and pulse until crumbly. Pat mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until edges are light brown.

  2. Meanwhile, for spiced brown butter, place 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low 15 minutes or until brown. Remove from heat. Stir in spices; set aside.

  3. For filling: In a small bowl whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, apple juice, 2 tablespoons flour, and the cream. Pour over hot crust. Bake 15 minutes. (Filling will not be completely set.) Arrange apple slices over filling, overlapping as necessary. Brush with half the brown butter mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more or until apples are tender. Let cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with remaining brown butter. If desired, brush with apple jelly. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Makes 16 bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

257 Calories
13g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 102mg 2%
Folate, total 33.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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