I had a drawer overflowing with fresh delicious apples, but unfortunately we were never going to eat all of them in time. I wanted to make a special treat for the teens to enjoy, but I was looking for a new way to use my apples. I've made plenty of apple pies (always a hit!) and a few varieties of apple cinnamon bread, but I wanted a bar cookie of some sort. I used a Betty Crocker recipe as a springboard to create my own version, and I love how they turned out!
The base crust is perfectly crunchy and infused with the cinnamon flavor I love, the apples are sweetened and spiced and topped with the remaining oat mixture to form a streusel topping. Yum!!
Apple Cinnamon Bars
recipe by adorkablerecipes.blogspot.com
Makes 24 bars
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1-3/4 cup flour
1-1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
4-1/2 cups peeled, chopped baking apples (4 medium, I used Golden Delicious)
3 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cream brown sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl. Stir in flour, oats, salt, baking soda, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Reserve 2 cups oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture in ungreased 13x9 inch pan.
Toss apples with 3 Tbsp flour and 1 tsp cinnamon; spread over mixture in pan. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press lightly.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender. For 36 bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows while warm. Store covered in refrigerator.
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