These bars bake up quickly and taste fantastic. They're full of apple and carmel bits, and the top is dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Baking these makes the whole house smell like the holidays. I offer three ingredient variations - one for a more cookie like texture, one that's more cake like, and one that is more like biscotti (which is wonderful for dipping in coffee or hot cocoa.) They are fantastic warm from the oven (especially with a bit of vanilla ice cream), but a bit crumbly. Once they cool they are much less crumbly, and the soft apple contrasts with the texture of the rest of the bar.
I prefer bars to individual cookies because they take so much less time to make. This is based on my mom's snickerdoodle cookie recipe, which I've baked over and over making variations each time to get them to be as good or better than her classic cookies!
Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment
- 1 large or two small apples, peeled cored and diced (and tossed in lemon juice if you're moving slowly)
- 1 cups softened margarine OR 1 cup butter flavored Crisco + 6 tablespoons water*
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar or Splenda**
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup of carmel bits or cut up carmels
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
*Use margarine if you want a cookie-like texture, use Crisco if you want something more like cake.
**Replacing some or all of the sugar with Splenda will result in a drier, more biscotti-like texture.
- Standard kitchen gear (bowls, spoons, knives, etc)
- Parchment/baking paper
- A baking sheet that's about 11 x 16 or so.
- A healthy sense of how not to hurt yourself on sharp and hot things while cooking.