Apple Crisp Cookie Bars

I used to have this friend named Katie, who I LOVED to be invited to play after school with. She was a great girl and lots of fun, but it was her Mom’s Apple Crisp that really got me in the door. She would have it ready piping hot just as we walked in from school and I was in heaven! My kids love apple crisp too, but it is too hard to take to school for lunch. That was when it hit me: Apple Crisp Cookie bars! Yeah! All the goodness of Apple Crisp with no need for a fork! Let the drumrolls commence, I rock ON! Do these look good or what? The picture does not show it, but try them with the apple cider glaze for a boost of apple goodness.

Apple Crisp Cookie Bars

Apple Crisp Cookie Bars

For the crust

1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups quick cooling oats
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup butter cut into small chunks
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the filling (or just use 1 jar of apple butter)

6-7 tart apples like granny smith, diced
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cider

For the icing:

1 cup powdered sugar
1-3 T cider

Mix the cider into the powdered sugar 1 T at a time until an icing forms… (it should JUST be drizzling consistency, not too wet!)

Cook the filling ingredients on medium high, covered until the apples start to break down. (add cider if it gets too dry) Once softened, cook over medium heat until it has most of the liquid cooked out of it. It should not be too watery. Cool.

Mix the crust ingredients and then cut the butter into the mixture with your fingers until it resembles a course meal. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and press half of this mixture tightly into the pan patting it down until it is firm. Spread the apple mixture onto the crust until it uniformly covering the entire surface. Sprinkle the rest of the filling over the top of the apples uniformly. Bake at 350 deg for 25-30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, drizzle icing on if you wish, cool thoroughly, lift the foil out of the pan and cut into bars.

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