If you love snickerdoodles, like my Home-made Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars, you will absolutely love these Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars just as much! Maybe even more? They are moist, buttery delicious snickerdoodle bars bursting with apple bits and generously sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar!
I can't decide which I like more, so I'm not even going to try to go there. Just load me up!
Apples are definitely a fall favorite, especially around here in the Midwest!
Don't bake with any old apples. You'll want baking apples. The best apples for baking will keep their structure instead of turning into apple mush after spending some time in the oven. No thanks! Granny Smith is my go to apple for everything. They are juicy, tart and firm and super delicious. For slightly sweet and crisp apples, use Honeycrisp. Other good varieties include Northern Spy, Pink Lady, Braeburn and Winesap.
Here's my tip for baking bars that makes or breaks a bar recipe...
The key to baking bars, is to under-bake a tad and not over-bake. That way you keep the bars moist and delish! Overbaking can make bars crumbly and dry.
Addicting. 🙂 Perfect snack for the kids with a cold glass of milk!
And it's definitely a recipe keeper! So easy to make, you'll fall in love with them! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Other delicious bars you might crave!
Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 large Granny Smith apples finely chopped
- Pinch or two of ground cinnamon
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkle Topping
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Melt butter in saucepan and add in the diced apples and a pinch of cinnamon, and cook over medium-high heat for about 5-6 minutes.
- Place cooked apples onto a paper towel and place in fridge or freezer and allow the to cool completely.
- While apples are cooling, preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray or line with tin foil for easy removal, leaving tin foil overhang on sides to pull out of pan easily.
- In a large bowl, add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, ground cinnamon and salt to a bowl, and whisk to combine and set aside.
- Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars and mix together in a bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 - 3 minutes.
- Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, and beat until smooth.
- Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined and then fold in the apple mixture.
- Add batter into baking pan and spread evenly.
- Make Sugar Cinnamon Topping by placing in a cup and stirring together with a fork until mixed well.
- Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar topping mixture over the top of the batter.
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool before cutting. Makes 20-24 bars.