Apples and cinnamon sugar – two of my favorite ingredients in one perfect bar recipe. These apple cinnamon sugar cookie bars are sort of a cross between a cookie and a cake. It puffs up on top while cooking, but is pressed into the pan like a bar so is somewhat dense. The brown butter frosting is a perfect match for it.
Treat your Family to these Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars
The recipe makes a huge baking sheet – I got 30 bars out of mine. They are scrumptious!
The bars are easy to make. Just combine everything in a big (make sure it is big!) mixing bowl and then press it firmly into a large cookie sheetand bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
The frosting is made by making cooking butter to the brown butter stage and then hardening it and using it for the frosting base. The brown butter gives a lovely flavor to the frosting that plain butter just cannot do.
The butter is cooked for about 8 minutes until it turns a light golden brown. Place in the fridge to re-harden and then make your frosting.
Frost your cake and whole cake. The hollows where the apples sit have sort of indentations where an extra dollop of frosting will sit.
Cut into squares. It makes 30 good sized bars or even more if you cut them a bit smaller.
This calorie count is if you make 310 of these apple cinnamon sugar cookie bars. For lots of other bar recipes be sure to have a look at this bar recipe round up.
Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bars
For the bars
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp baking soda
2 cups diced, peeled Granny Smith apples
2 tsp cinnamon
For the frosting
1 cup butter
1 16 oz package powdered sugar
½ cup skim milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 º F. Grease a 13x18 baking sheet with Bakers Joy and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and mix on medium speed until it is creamy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.
In a smaller bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda and whisk well.
Stir in the flour mixture on low speed until completely incorporated.
Stir in cinnamon and the apples. The mixture will be very thick.
Spread bars onto the prepared sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. (don't cook too long or it will get too dry.) Let cool completely.
To make the frosting, cook the 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 the heat and pour into a bowl.
Cover the and refrigerate for an hour until it starts to harden.
In a mixer bowl, beat the hardened butter until it is smooth. Carefully add powdered sugar and the skim milk starting and ending with the powdered sugar.
Add the vanilla extract. Spread frosting over cooled apple cinnamon cookie bars.