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Apple Bran Bars

Makes 24 BarsPike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Baking Time: 25-30 min.



Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 15- by 10-inch jelly roll pan.

  1. In large bowl, with electric mixer, beat together shortening and sugar until light in texture-about 3 minutes.  Add egg and beat well.  Add molasses and milk, beating until well combined.

  2. In small bowl, combine flour, bran, baking soda, and salt.  Add flour mixture to shortening mixture, beating on low speed just until combined.  Spread batter in prepared pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare Cream Cheese Frosting, if desired. When bar mixture has cooled, spread with Cream Cheese Frosting.  Cut into 24 bars and serve.

Cream Cheese Frosting



  1. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat together 1 3-ounce package cream cheese and 1/4 cup softened butter or margarine.

  2. Add 1 teaspoon grated orange peel and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

  3. Beat in 2 cups confectioners' sugar until smooth.

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