Apple Bars drizzled with a Cardamom Glaze.

Easy Apple Bars With Homemade Glaze

Our daughter Hatti has been on me to try cinnamon chips for quite some time already. Like, at least a year, I’m sad to admit. I don’t know why it took me so long to indulge her simple request. Especially since I really do like cinnamon a lot. Sometimes I just need to have an idea in my head before trying a new ingredient, I guess.

So I’m glad I was finally inspired with a recipe idea while picking apples recently. These Whole Wheat Apple Bars with Cinnamon Chips and Cardamom Glaze, made with my favorite Haralson apples, were a hit with the whole family!

three girls posing with apples on their heads

Our girls had so much fun picking apples with a friend last fall, that we had to repeat the experience this year. After school let out one deliciously warm fall day, we headed to a local orchard to pick. And eat apple doughnuts and fresh cider. And act silly, of course. I’m amazed I got these girls to sit still long enough to grab a photo of the apples on their heads!

A slice of an Apple Bar with whole, fresh apples.

Thanks to Hatti, I am now a fan of cinnamon chips, and she will always be able to find them in our pantry. I will continue to explore new ways to incorporate them in recipes, for sure.

Whole Wheat Apple Bars on a wood serving board.

These bars are soft and moist, full of delicious pockets of apple goodness. And the cinnamon chips? They not only add yummy pops of cinnamon flavor, but also great texture. (I’m a believer!) The whole family loved the bars plain, before the glaze was drizzled on. But after trying the bars with the cardamom glaze…well, there was no going back. The glaze is beautifully sweet and fragrant, and really puts these apple bars over the top.

Do you bake with cinnamon chips? What’s your favorite way to use them?!

a slice of an Apple Bar with whole, fresh apples

Whole Wheat Apple Bars with Cinnamon Chips and Cardamom Glaze

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

These apple bars are loaded with tender baked apples and drizzled with a cozy cardamom glaze for the perfect fall treat!


For the Whole Wheat Apple Bars with Cinnamon Chips:

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1.5 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2.5 cups peeled, small diced apples (Use firm tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Haralson.)
  • 1.5 cups cinnamon chips, divided
  • for the cardamom glaze:
  • 1.25 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


For the Whole Wheat Apple Bars with Cinnamon Chips:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray a 9''x13'' pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk again.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir together. Fold in the apples and 1 cup of the cinnamon chips. Pour batter into prepared pan, pushing the batter into the corners and spreading evenly. The batter will be thick. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cinnamon chips over batter.
  4. Bake for about 27 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Cardamom Glaze:
  1. Whisk together all glaze ingredients.
To Assemble the Whole Wheat Apple Bars with Cinnamon Chips and Cardamom Glaze:
  1. Use a fork or spoon to drizzle the glaze over cooled bars. Or place the glaze in a resealable baggie, snip off a small corner of the bag, and then pipe the glaze over the bars as desired.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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