Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brandy Apple Bars

 The Creative Cookie Exchange theme this month is apples.  I don't usually think about apples and cookies together.  Apple pie- yes.  Apple bread- yes.  Apple cake- yes.  Apple cookies -no. 

So, I had to think about this a bit and do some experimenting.  My first experiment was an apple caramel cookie.  I didn't really like it very much.  It was a little bland and the caramel in the middle didn't really work as I had envisioned.

Apple Bars seemed like a do-able project so I experimented with that and came up with this recipe. 
These are really yummy.  All the flavors come together to make a really comforting bar cookie. They disappeared quickly, which means they were a hit.  I hope you like them.

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Brandy Apple Bars

2 cooking apples, peeled and diced (I used Honey Crisp)
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Mix apples with cinnamon and spices; set aside.

1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp brandy flavoring
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Whisk butter and brown sugar together; stir in egg and brandy flavoring.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well.  Stir in apple mixture.  Spread in greased 8 or 9" square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees. Cut into bars.  Makes 16 bars.

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9peasMom said...

I think Pins from your blog are becoming my most repinned on Pinterest - that sounds like some updated Dr. Suess kinda quote!

Stacy said...

Those look chewy and delicious, Karen! I may have to add actual brandy though. I don't think I can get brandy flavoring here.

Renee said...

Brandy certainly caught my attention on these bars. They look scrumptious. I'd probably use regular brandy or perhaps apple brandy instead of flavoring though (only because it is what I have on hand).

KarenTrina said...

Brandy flavoring is what I had on hand, so that is what I used. I'm sure you can use what you have.

KarenTrina said...

Thanks for sharing! Yes, I think you could Seuss-ical that somehow.

Holly @ abakershouse.com said...

Apples in cookies was a first for me too and I am so impressed by all of the creative ways the group has baked with the ingredient this month. Great job!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I am a big fan of bar cookies, which in Australia we would call a slice. Apples and brandy seem like a great match, and I'm sure they wouldn't last long in my house either.

The Ninja Baker said...

Mmm. These do look good, Karen. And the spike of brandy with the spiced apples is brilliant!


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