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Two Peas and Their Pod: Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bars

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bars

First of all, Happy Veterans Day to the soldiers (past & present). Thank you for your service and sacrifice! Josh and I have the day off today, yippee! We are meeting our good friend Lincoln for lunch and plan on enjoying our day together.

I am a firm believer in the theory, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." I eat at least one apple every day. I just love them. I like all varieties, but Josh is picky, he only likes the really tart apples-Granny Smith are his favorite. Honey crisp, Jazz, and
Mutsu are my top three, but again, I have a special place in my heart for all apples:)

Fall is the perfect season for baking with apples. The apples are so good right now...and cheap too:) I decided to create an apple cinnamon cookie bar since I already created an
apple cinnamon cookie earlier this fall. You all know I love my cookies:)

I started with a basic bar dough and added in lots of cinnamon and spices. I am in love with nutmeg, all spice, and cloves-so I added in a little bit of each. I decided to add in a handful of too, because I personally love the shriveled little guys, but you can omit them if you wish. I used Granny Smith apples so Josh would be happy and tart apples really are great for baking. I sprinkled the dough with extra cinnamon sugar before putting them into the oven.

It is important to let the bars cool before cutting/serving because they are very soft when they are warm. I know it is hard to wait, but these are well worth the wait, I promise. I am going to be making these every fall. I hope you will too!

Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bars

(Printable Recipe)

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 T vanilla extract
1/2-3/4 cup raisins (you can leave these out or try dried cranberries)
2 apples, cored and diced, I used Granny Smith
Cinnamon Sugar mixture to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter with the sugars on medium until creamy. This will take a minute or two. Scrape down the sides if necessary.
On low, add the eggs, one at a time. Beat until combined. Add in the vanilla. Beat on medium until everything is smooth and mixed together.
Turn mixer on low. Add a little flour. Slowly mix and add until all of the flour is combined. Don't over mix.
Stir in the raisins and apples.
Spread the dough evenly into prepared pan. Use a spatula to make sure the dough is nice and even. Sprinkle the dough with the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Bake for about about 30 minutes. You want the bars to be golden brown.
Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a rack. Cut the bars once they are cool. Serve and enjoy!

If you like these bars, you might also like:
Apple, Pecan, and Cinnamon Crumble Bars from Dessert First
Caramel Apple Bars from Recipe Girl
Apple Pie Bars from Cookie Baker Lynn
Applesauce Spice Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod

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Anonymous Jessica said...

These look delicious! I love all things apple-cinnamon!

4:50 AM  
Blogger Half Baked said...

Those bars look delish! My husband only likes Granny Smith's too! I keep telling him he's missing out...oh well:)

5:20 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Yum! I'd add cinnamon chips too just cause I'm addicted to those ;)

Thanks for the link to my Caramel Apple Bars!

5:42 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I love apples, too and eat them as often as possible. This recipe looks fantastic. I can't wait to try it with the dried cranberries you suggested. They look delicious!

5:42 AM  
Anonymous Melissa @BakingfortheBoys said...

These look so scrumptious! I don't know if I could wait until they completely cool. ;)

Honeycrisp Apples are my fave!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

This is a great way to get more apples in my diet!

6:31 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

YUM! Perfect fall treat. Love that they have Granny Smiths in them!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Fabulous Maria! I bet they were delish :)

6:50 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Ah! These look awesome! I love love love apples- I eat one, two or ..sometimes three a day (I'm a nut ;) when they're in season and usually 1 a day when they're not.

I made the pumpkin cookies! They're in the kitchen now and I think someone already broke into them hehe

6:57 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

PS- Enjoy your day off- I'm so jealous!

6:57 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Great tribute to our soldiers - amen!

Awesome way to eat seasonal apples!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

absolutely scrumptious!

7:09 AM  
Blogger tspegar said...

These look so tasty and full of fall goodness! I need a dessert for a dinner this Monday and this just might be it!

7:13 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Its like you & Stacey Snacks are channeling each other today...I feel a need to go make apple bars now

7:44 AM  
Blogger grace said...

pretty much everything you make is right up my alley, usually because cinnamon is involved in some way. these bars are yet another amazing creation--bravo!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

any chance you can come over and bring me some today? now? they look delish.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Gorgeous bars! Nice flavor combo!



9:48 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

that's a creative way to eat an apple :D love it!

10:04 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love apple anything - they look delish!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

Yum! Apples and cinnamon are my current faves.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Honey crisp is my favorite! Your bars look wonderful. I love the warm spices too! I always think of you when I'm looking for cinnamon chips. Haven't found them this season yet (small city)but when I do, I'm stocking up for the whole year.

12:07 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

fantastic! i'm going to ahve to try these too!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What delicious sounding bars, they look fantastic!

12:56 PM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

Delicious! I don't cook with apples enough.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great looking cookie bars! It was so good to see you on my blog! I enjoy hearing from you! It looks like your going to have a fun day sharing it with your husband! Enjoy!

1:00 PM  
Blogger La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I want to make these bars so bad. They look delicious.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

mmm.I am loving everything about these bars!!!

1:14 PM  
Blogger The Double Dipped Life said...

These look so good! How do you stay so skinny? :)

2:49 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

These bars look so good! I still have some apples from the orchard I need to use up!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

What a nice recipe, Maria. Apples and cinnamon are such a great combo. They work really well in this cookie. Thanks for the recipe.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous angela@spinachtiger said...

What a nice way to make your house smell divine.

5:15 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

I'm going to have to make these to take down to my parents for Thanksgiving. How yummy!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I bet your house smells so good right now! YUM!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

These look SOOOO good!! I love the idea of adding the cinnamon chips..Im all about as much cinnamon as possible!! :)

6:32 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I have more than one apple a day! My favourite is also honey crisp, but I love golden delicious and royal gala too.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous elly said...

Looks delicious! I made some apple blondies recently that are sort of similar. Perfect fall treats!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Sandie (Inn Cuisine) said...

I love apples too. One of God's perfect fruits!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Cant get enough of those spices in the Fall. These look yum yum.

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds really, really yummy... Apple Cinnamon, perfect for this time of year.

- I wanted to let you know I will be moving soon, and changing my blog, I have a few jealous.. I guess.. (can't figure out what other reason) hater (I think I know who it is) but got so bad I may have to change my domain and move my blog...

I'll send you an e-mail or come here to give you the new addy = )

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apple-cinnamon things rock!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

These bars look terrific - perfect for after school snacks for my kids.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Yum, the kids will definately like these!

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I was a devotee of Granny Smith until I discovered Honeycrisp. I do think GS are the best for baking though.

Love all of the flavors in these. Looks like a wonderful use for all of the apple abudnance of the season.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Those look and sound delish! I dont know why I dont cook with apples more often!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heart apples too, especially honeycrisp. Your bars look great!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

whoa awesome! my day isn't complete without an apple either!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

No cinnamon chips in them? They remind me of snickerdoodle blondies which is GOOOD thing!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Lot-O-Choc said...

Mmmmmm wow this looks so good!! I never used to like cinnamon but I;m addicted now!!

2:33 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh, very nice!!!!!!!! I love me some apples too!!!!

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Your cookie bars look delicious... Most apple cookie recipes I have seen end up being really cakey, but yours look fantastic!

6:44 PM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

I recently tried honey crisp and I must say, it's probably one of my favorites too.

3:27 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I'm thinking these might come to the office Thanksgiving party...

3:48 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

What a perfect bar for fall!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to make these. They look soo good!!

5:05 AM  
Blogger Edye said...

The apple cinnamon bars are a hit! Many thanks for offering something a little different for this autumn's apple booty. We made them last night and they didn't last through breakfast. Oops!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I made these the other day for my family and they loved them! I posted them on my blog this morning with a link back to you. Thank you!

7:36 AM  

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