We are leaving today for a long weekend vacation to the beach with my parents. I knew I wanted to take a couple of homemade desserts for everyone to enjoy. So, I made my peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for the healthier option, but I also wanted a dessert using apples, since they are so appropriate for the season. I found this yummy recipe on Good Things Catered. These apple cookie bars are the perfect dessert for fall. They are soft and chewy and full of apple spice flavor. I made a few minor changes below, and they still came out great! I will definitely be making these again.
Apple Spice Cookie Bars
2 c. plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice (I didn’t have this so I used apple pie spice)
small pinch ground cloves (omitted because they make Adam not feel so good)
1/2 c. butter, melted (used light margarine)
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs (used egg substitute)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 apples, cored and diced (a little less than 2 c.)
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 9×13 pan with foil and baking spray.
2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
3. Whisk to combine well and set aside.
4. In bowl of stand mixer, combine sugars and butter and beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine.
6. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.
7. Turn mixer on slow and fold in flour mixture a little at a time until just combined.
8. Fold in apples.
9. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan and sprinkle top generously with cinnamon sugar.
10. Place in oven and bake until cooked through, when top slightly bounces back to the touch, about 30 minutes.
11. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan, cutting and serving. (bars will be very soft)