Thursday, October 14, 2010

Apple Spice Cookie Bars

Caroline is under the assumption that any round fruit is an apple - peaches, oranges, plums, and pears are all apples.  Or as she calls them, "ah-holes."  Quite honestly I'm surprised I didn't get a note from her teacher last week for inappropriate language when they studied apples.  Joey and I laugh because over the past few months we've been commenting that we really need to pay attention to our language.  And here she is inadvertently cussing.  And the more we try to correct her pronunciation, the more adamently she repeats "Ah-hole!  Ah-hole!"  Anyway, I just thought I'd share our current situation, but I"ll also take the opportunity to share a picture of her on her first day of preschool - wearing her apple dress no less!

So I made these apple spice cookie bars a few weeks ago, and they were really delicious - somewhat of a cross between a cookie and a blondie, with lots of great apple-cinnamon flavor.  They are a cinch to throw together, travel well, and keep for several days.  An ideal treat for fall, and an great use for apples. 

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Apple Spice Cookie Bars
  • 2 cups plus 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extrac
  • 2 apples, cored and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbs ground cinnamon (for sprinkling)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil.  Spray with cooking spray.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the sugars and butter and beat at medium speed for about 1 minute.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add the vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed until just combined.  Fold in the apples, and spread the batter in the prepared dish.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Cook 30 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly pressed.  Allow to cool, then remove from the baking dish, cut into bars, and serve.

Source:  Good Things Catered


MaryMoh said...

Awww....Caroline is soooooo cute!! Love her picture and the way she pronounced 'apples' :D Love your apple bars. Looks very delicious.

amanda @ fake ginger said...

That picture is so cute! What a doll!

The bars looks delicious. I have a couple apples in the fridge that have been waiting for a recipe like this.

Jen said...

Hilarious... she's too cute and the bars sound great!

Unknown said...

Caroline is a beauty!

Ashlee said...

That's so funny! She's so adorable! And these bars look delicious!

Natalie said...

that picture is too darling for words!

i made similar bars a few weeks ago (but they also had caramel) and they were TO DIE FOR!!!

Jennifer said...

Too precious and I love the way she says apples :) These bars are great!

Jean said...

These cookie bars are a must-try and your daughter is just too cute for words. :-)

RecipeGirl said...

That's one happy little girl! Your spice bars sound delicious :)

Anonymous said...

This post had me giggling like crazy!

Anonymous said...

This post had me giggling like crazy!

Jen said...

First, I love any food that involves apples so these bars look fabulous.

Second, oh my gosh, Caroline is too cute. Thank you for sharing such a sweet story!

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh, as the mom of a toddler, I can completely relate! She is too cute!
These bars look delicious, and full of apples, yum!

Heather said...

These sound SO good! I definitely am going to make these this weekend! Do you think they would hold up okay if I swirled some caramel into the batter?

Josie said...

Heather, you could definitely try it. I would use a light hand though - from what I remember, they weren't incredibly sturdy. But I also made them over a year ago, so I could be remembering incorrectly.

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