Peanut Butter Apple Bars

One of my all time favorite snacks is apple slices dipped in peanut butter. I usually have an apple with peanut butter every afternoon. I never get tired of this classic snack. I decided to transform my favorite snack into a dessert by making Peanut Butter Apple Bars. I think I may have a new favorite snack now, because these bars are delicious! They may not be as  healthy, but definitely worth splurging on once in awhile.

I used Granny Smith apples for this recipe, because I like to bake with tart apples. Feel free to use your favorite apples or whatever you have on hand. The peanut butter bars are loaded with apple chunks, which keep the bars soft and moist. When the bars were done cooling, I drizzled a creamy peanut butter glaze over the top of the bars. Don’t skip this step, because the peanut butter glaze is amazing. I will warn you, it is addicting. I couldn’t stay out of the glaze, I licked the bowl clean:)

If you like apples and peanut butter together, you will fall in love with these bars. Apples are in season right now, so put them to good use by making these Peanut Butter Apple Bars. They make a great fall sweet snack or dessert.

Peanut Butter Apple Bars

Ingredients
  

  • For the bars:
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup diced apples peel removed (I used Granny Smith apples)
  • For the peanut butter glaze:
  • 1 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350ยฐF. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and set aside.
  • 2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter, until creamy and combined. Set mixture aside to cool.
  • 3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • 4. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the peanut butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared dry ingredients, and stir until batter is smooth. Fold in the diced apples.
  • 5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading the batter evenly to the edges of the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and the edges are slightly browned. Remove bars from oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
  • 6. While the bars are cooling, make the peanut butter glaze. In a medium bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, milk, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars. Cut into squares and serve.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. These look amazing!! I made PB Apple Bars last week but I used caramel in the bars rather than going with frosting. I think your glaze looks..divine. I’d like to drink that in a shotglass ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. i have never heard of these before but you can bet i’ll be making them now! apples and peanut butter – heavenly combination!

  3. I am also a huge fan of apples and peanut butter (although really, anything with pb!). These sound delicious.

  4. Okay seriously, these look amazing!! Can’t believe I’ve never baked with peanut butter and apples before – just eaten them separately as a snack. That needs to change.

  5. Whew, those bars look like gooey deliciousness! And I would never skip on a peanut butter glaze. These look fantastic, bookmarked!

  6. Peanut butter and apple, just as good as peanut butter and chocolate, but healthier and will less guilt!

  7. These look amazing! I’m not sure how much of that glaze would make it onto the peanut butter bars… my boys might eat it right out of the bowl.

  8. At first the mention of apples and peanut butter baked together did not appeal to me. But then you mentioned dipping slices of apple into peanut butter and it all came together in my mind. Totally want these now.

  9. I just tasted one from the fresh batch… divine! *i didn’t have any brown sugar, so substituted with mostly white sugar and a couple tablespoons of honey, it worked quite well* THANK YOU!

  10. Yum! I think I’m going to make these tonight! I’ll whip up a batch of Peanut Butter and make this delish dish! Very excited for this one! Thanks! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  11. Trading in a healthy snack every once in a while is never a bad thing…especially when the replacement is as delicious as this! I love the PB+apple combo…makes me feel like a happy five year old again!

  12. These look so yummy, Maria! They seem like an ultimate comfort food snack with a healthy twist. I, like you, love apples and peanut butter together, and yet I’ve never married them into a dessert! I hope you, Josh, and baby pea are all doing well. xo

  13. I LOVE LOVE LOVE apples and peanut butter! These bars are such a great idea and I especially love the glaze on the bars. YUM! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I usually eat an apple and peanut butter for a snack everyday too! It’s like the perfect healthy snack! Maybe I should whip up some of that peanut butter glaze and dip my apples in it tomorrow!

  15. Ok, I feel like you’re a subconscious mind reader. Every time I visit your blog it is a recipe that looks exactly like something I want to make/eat that I didn’t even know I wanted until I saw your pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ You are taking over my pinterest baking board – thanks for the constant inspiration!

  16. These look sooo good. Not quite as healthy as apple dipped in peanut butter but so much better! I bet a banana version would be gorgeous too. Discovered your blog recently and am loving your recipes – great site ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Thanks for coming up with this recipe! I too love apples and peanut butter. I’m really looking forward to giving them a try.

  18. hands down, the best part of this is the glaze. thanks for reminding me how much i enjoy an apple slice slathered with peanut butter!

  19. The bars look great, but the glaze sounds amazing! I could probably just eat that with a spoon.

    Hope you guys are doing well with the new little pea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Oh wow–a baked good made from my favorite afternoon snack! Too perfect to be allowed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope little pea is doing well!

  21. I always love the old fashioned pb on apple slices, so I am sure that this would be taking it up about 10 notches in deliciousness!

  22. I, too, am a big fan of apples and peanut butter, and this is such a cute and creative way to use that great flavor combination! Super yummy looking bars, Maria. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Guess I need to try that combo. Because these are looking really, really good to me right now! I think they could be a hit around here.

  24. I want to knock on your door for Halloween and be presented with all of your wonderful confections! What should I dress up as? ; )

  25. Peanut Butter and apples…yum. What a great combo and not one you see in baked goods often enough. The drizzle on top looks like a great way to top these off!

  26. These are in the oven right now and the batter was delicious (I have a thing about eating batter…oops)! Cannot wait to glaze them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

  27. I am in LOVE with your peanut butter apple bars. I love them so much I had to make them for my second post on my new food blog! Thanks for sharing such delicious recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I made these last night. Oh my, they were so good. The only thing is 30 minutes would have been way to long. I checked after 15 and they were done. I don’t know if it has to do with my oven. Anyway, followed the recipe exact and these things are so good. My husband at 3 before I could even blink. I will be making these again. Thanks for such a good reicpe.

  29. WOW!!!! I made this about 35 minutes ago, just finished putting the glaze on it and of course I had to try it while it was warm, and WOW! This is definitely a great way to use apple. I just told my husband and my son that they are poison and to save them I would eat it all myself! Thank you for this recipe!

  30. Just made these! An incredibly easy and convenient recipe for someone who works long days and doesn’t want to spend two hours baking at 9pm. I’m an American living in Europe, working at an international organization, and we’re having an office potluck on Friday where everyone is supposed to bring something from their country. I figured, what’s more American than apples and peanut butter? They’re on the cooling rack now, so I can’t give taste test results yet, but based on how my entire apartment smells, they’re going to be divine. The only difference I made to the recipe — not by choice — was that I already had about 10 medium eggs, so I added an extra white to make up for them not being large eggs. In retrospect, I should’ve added the yolk instead, but c’est la vie. I’ll try that next time, because there will definitely be a next time.