Peanut Butter Cinnamon Raisin Apple Bars

by Erin

Apples and cinnamon and peanut butter and raisins, oh my! These peanut butter cinnamon raisin apple bars are the perfect fall treat.

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Is anyone else deprived of Trader Joe’s like I am? Memphis used to at least have World Market but those were all closed down for some reason unknown to me a couple years ago, leaving me completely out of the loop when it comes to fun food finds.

While visiting my family in east TN over the weekend, I made a trip into World Market (oh and btw they are getting a Trader Joe’s soon and I may start visiting a lot more) and snatched up a couple things.

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One thing I found was Peanut Butter & Co’s cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter. I have been wanting to try it out for so long, sweet victory! First things first, I had to do the plain spoon test which this passed with flying colors – as if there were any doubt.

But unfortunately, I decided I couldn’t eat the entire jar by itself, so I substituted it for regular peanut butter in a bar recipe I had seen awhile back on Two Peas & Their Pod.

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Peanut butter and apples definitely work (have you never dipped apples in peanut butter before?), and the combination was even more wonderful with the addition of cinnamon and raisins. Sure there’s a lot going on but none of it is overpowering. And the glaze on top seals the deal.

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Yield: 2 dozen Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat





  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper leaving overhang, grease,  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 to the peanut butter mixture, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the 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 35 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 small bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, milk, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Add more sugar if too thin, or more milk if too thick. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars. Cut into squares and serve.


*If you cannot find this, add some cinnamon and chopped raisins to regular peanut butter

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Source: Adapted slightly from Two Peas & Their Pod.

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Post updated 9/14/20, photo above is the original.


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Liz @ Southern Charm January 18, 2012 - 11:20 am

Ohhhh!! These look so stinking tasty!!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 18, 2012 - 10:54 am

I’ve been looking for a bar cookie that incorporates apples and peanuut butter. I need to make this! It looks simply delish!!

Tracey January 17, 2012 - 7:19 pm

This is the first I’ve heard of this cinnamon-raisin swirl peanut butter…I’m intrigued! Sadly we don’t have a World Market but we do have TJs, so I guess 1 out of 2 ain’t bad. The bars look great!

Maureen January 17, 2012 - 6:02 pm

oh wow, I can almost smell these beauties baking in my kitchen!

I don’t think there’s a Trader Joe in Australia anywhere. sad. :(

Steph@stephsbitebybite January 17, 2012 - 5:45 pm

These bars could easily become my favorite snack time treat! I love PB and apples. Better hide these things!

Chris January 17, 2012 - 4:26 pm

No Trader Joe store in Northern Indiana either. Very very sad. I would be there at least once or twice a month. I heard a ‘petition’ was made but the response was “insufficient consumer support” to pay for building one here. HOGWASH. I know a LOT of people who drive up to Ann Arbor (MI) just to shop there. That’s ridiculous!!! Can SOMEONE convince them to build one around here?!?!?

Stephanie January 17, 2012 - 4:03 pm

We don’t have a Trader Joe’s either :( These bars sound great! Love the flavor combination!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 17, 2012 - 4:02 pm

Oh my! I love that you love peanut butter as much as I do:-)

spiffycookie January 17, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Me too :-)

Cassie January 17, 2012 - 2:19 pm

I’m obsessed with the texture of these. Love everything about them!

Julia January 17, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Looooove these bars! And I feel REAL bad for you not having TJ’s!!! Like, real bad!

Alexis @ There She Goes January 17, 2012 - 12:54 pm

i cant imagine life without trader joes- eeep!

kitchenarian January 17, 2012 - 12:50 pm

This has everything in it that I love: apples, cinnamon, peanut butter and, of course, butter. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

Cara January 17, 2012 - 12:23 pm

I love TJ’s! and I live in East TN! So where is this store going!?!?!??

spiffycookie January 17, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Not sure, somewhere in Knoxville.

Choc Chip Uru January 17, 2012 - 12:11 pm

These bars combine a lot of favourite ingredients into one smashing bar :D
It’s like a cross between apple pie and peanut butter blondies!!! All I need now is a caramel drizzle…

spiffycookie January 17, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Oo I like that idea

christina @ ovenadventures January 17, 2012 - 11:57 am

i love pb and apple. its my go to snack. i don’t have anything cool like trader joes or world market :(

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 17, 2012 - 11:20 am

I have to limit my visits to Trader Joe’s or I will come home with the whole store. And believe it or not, I live near the Peanut Butter & Co. brick-and-mortar store too–there’s a temptation!

spiffycookie January 17, 2012 - 11:21 am

Yea you shouldn’t have said that, I am coming to visit now.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 17, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Field trip!

DessertForTwo January 17, 2012 - 11:03 am

I lived without a Trader Joe’s for a while, then we got one and now I’m hooked. If you eat lots of healthy food (bulk bin items), the prices can’t be beat!
Love these bars!

Kaitlin January 17, 2012 - 9:36 am

ooh. These sound divine! Great recipe!

Maria January 17, 2012 - 8:24 am

We don’t have a TJ’s either! The bars look great!

Kathryn January 17, 2012 - 8:09 am

These sound like such a delicious combination of flavours – that peanut butter sounds magic!


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