Apple Butter Spice Bars

Total Time:
1 hr
20 min
40 min

Makes 12 bars

  • Nonstick vegetable cooking spray, Pam(R)
  • 1 package (18.25-ounce) spice cake mix, Betty Crocker(R)
  • 2 packets (0.74 ounce each) spiced cider drink mix, Alpine(R)
  • 1 1/4 cups apple juice, Tree Top(R)
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, Crisco(R)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, Diamond(R)
  • 1/2 cup dried sliced apples, chopped, Mariani(R)
  • 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened, Philadelphia(R)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, C&H(R)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  • In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix and 11?2 packets of the cider mix. Add apple juice, 1?4 cup of the apple butter, the oil, and eggs; beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, toss walnuts and dried apples with the remaining 1?2 packet cider mix; set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, the remaining 3?4 cup apple butter, the brown sugar, and flour; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

  • Remove pan from oven. Pour cream cheese mixture over partially baked cake. Sprinkle walnut and apple mixture on top. Return to oven; bake for 20 to 25 minutes more. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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