Back in the Kitchen

by Cate on October 17, 2006

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve spent any length of time in the kitchen, but it hasn’t really been that long. Between getting the house ready to put on the market, and then going on vacation, everything I made was planned to get me in and out of the kitchen quickly.

I was doing some research for my next article for Cooking Light magazine, and stumbled upon a thread where a recipe for Frosted Apple Cinnamon Bars from Land ‘o Lakes was posted. I quickly scanned through the ingredient list – bonus! I had everything I needed on hand. As soon as Nicholas saw me pulling things out of the baking cabinet, he grabbed the stepstool and dragged it over to the oven. “Can I help?” “What are we making?” “Cookies?” “Can I have some?” Apparently he’s missed our kitchen time too.

Filled with oats and apples, the smell of Fall was wafting from the oven as the bars baked. Very simple to make, you can whip these up in no time. Lightly sweet, the bars are thick and somewhat dense, but oh so good. Dig in.

A year ago today … simple stuff.

FROSTED APPLE CINNAMON BARS
Rich and chunky, these bars are truly a homespun favorite.

Preparation time: 30 min Baking time: 33 min
Yield: 48 bars

Bar Ingredients:
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (10-ounce) package cinnamon-flavored baking chips*
1 medium (1 cup) apple, chopped

Frosting Ingredients:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Ground cinnamon, if desired

Heat oven to 350F. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in medium bowl; stir in oats.

Combine butter, brown sugar and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture. Beat until well mixed. Stir in cinnamon chips and apple by hand.

Spread batter into greased 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake for 33 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Combine all frosting ingredients in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Spread over cooled bars. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

*Substitute 1 (10 to 12-ounce) package white baking chips and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Recipe Tip
Cut bars with a wet knife to get a clean edge.

These bars are full of oatmeal and apples, plus sweet cinnamon chips. Oats are a wonderful source of fiber too. There’s no need to peel the apple before chopping; leave it on for added nutrition and fiber.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar): Calories: 150, Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 115mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Protein: 1g

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Claire October 17, 2006 at 1:12 am

You can also cut warm bars with a plastic knife! It doesn’t pull the bars and cuts down on the waiting time! These look really good.

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Dani October 17, 2006 at 1:28 am

They look great and I will try them but without the frosting. There is something about frosting I just don’t like

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Alisha October 17, 2006 at 4:17 am

That look fantastic! I have an old Land ‘o Lakes recipe for Applesauce Spice Bars this vaguely reminds me of (that is delicious, btw).

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Tina T-P October 17, 2006 at 6:09 am

Oh, those bars look yummy! I have a whole bunch of apples left over from our turn for church snacks yesterday – I’ll have to figure out if any of them would cook up OK to use for these bars. Hmm… :-) T.

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wheresmymind October 17, 2006 at 2:59 pm

mmm…extra frosting on mine please!

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Brilynn October 17, 2006 at 4:19 pm

A great recipe to return to!

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Anonymous October 17, 2006 at 4:19 pm

Those sound amazing! I’ve got an abundance of apples in the house at the moment, so I think I’ll give them a try.
Thanks!

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Jean October 17, 2006 at 7:27 pm

can you substitute chocolate chips instead of white chips/cinammon chips or would that taste funny??

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Cate October 17, 2006 at 8:34 pm

Claire – absolutely. I’m all for neat bars, I hate when they cut messy.

Dani – they are delish, but no frosting? Perish the thought!

Alisha – the Applesauce Spice Bars sound perfect for Fall too.

Tina t-p – I’m sure they would work fine. I used apples that we got on our cruise, not even sure what kind they were. ;)

Wheresmymind – this frosting is nice, sturdy, sweet without being overly sweet – yum.

Brilynn – I agree!

Cheryl – hope you like them.

Jean – I think it would be fine. I know cinnamon chips are hard to come by. I get mine from a friend in TN – haven’t found them in NJ, NY, PA or CT.

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Rebecca October 18, 2006 at 3:36 am

I was just looking for a different apple dessert to make for dinner tomorrow night when I stumbled across your blog – perfect! I’ve already made apple pie, crisp, and applesauce cake in the past three weeks and really needed some inspiration.

One tip, do not try to use York apples for baking or cooking! Check out my blog for my problems with them; they simply do not get soft.

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Jen(nifer) October 18, 2006 at 5:00 pm

Mmm. I can smell them here!

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