So – ‘tis the season for apples. There are buckets of them for giveaway at work and I have a few bags of them laying around the house. It was my birthday this month, so that means my turn to bring a treat to work. That is actually a good idea. So let’s put those apples to use! I was really busy the night I made these so I don’t have many photos and no good ones at all so I am posting a few of the original authors photos. I don’t want to steal so I’ll let you know which are hers and the recipe is from Lemons for Lulu blog. The one below is. This is what they look like. I like the ratio of cookie bar to frosting!
Photo from Lemons for Lulu.
Before baking and after. Just you your hands to spread out the dough. These make a big pan – perfect for sharing. Of course, you can always make apple crisp, apple bread, apple pie, etc., but this is a fun twist. These taste like sugar cookie bars, but with apples and cinnamon and they are frosted so that is even better.
Frosting is my life. These was some seriously good stuff!
All frosted and ready for sharing.
Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars, recipe only slightly adapted from here
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 5 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups diced, peeled apples
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the sugar cookies:
For the frosting:
- 1 cup butter
- 4 (ish) cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Cinnamon – for the top
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×18 baking sheet and set aside.
- In a mixer, combine butter and sugar and mix on medium until creamy. Mix in eggs one at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Blend in flour mixture on low until completely incorporated. Stir in apples by hand. Mixture will be very thick.
- Spread bars onto prepared sheet using your fingers. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
- For the frosting, cook butter in a small saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly for about 8-10 minutes or until butter starts to turn a golden brown color. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate butter for an hour or until it begins to solidify.
- In a mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add vanilla. Carefully add powdered sugar alternately with the milk beginning and ending with the powdered sugar. This will be about 4 cups, use as much as you need to get a good spreading consistency. Spread frosting over cooled sugar cookie bars. Garnish with a few sprinkles of cinnamon.
By the time I grabbed my phone to get a photo, this was all that was left! On a side note – this always happens at my work. No one will take the last small bit in fear they might actually have to wash the pan. I mean I brought treats, that is the least someone could do. So frustrating, but kind of funny too. I have even brought goodies in a plastic baggie and people won’t take the last one. Like, are you afraid to throw the baggie out? LOLz.
Photo above from Lemons for Lulu website. Give these a try. Enjoy!