You should read past this recipe; the post includes a bit of a surprise.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup apple butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
- One 20-ounce can apple pie filling
- Coat a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick spray, and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine cake mix and oats in a mixing bowl.
- Add apple butter, vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix, and mix, and mix until you get a crumbly, dry dough. Warning: you will get an arm workout.
- Spread 2/3 of the mixture into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Pour apple pie filling on top. Crumble the remaining 1/3 of the dough on top of the apple pie filling. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until the top is golden. Let cool.
- Eat and enjoy! Top with vanilla ice cream for a real treat!
A few weeks ago, when I spent the night at a hotel waiting for a delayed plane, I watched two episodes of Kids Baking Championship. On one episode, Buff and Valerie assigned a boy to make cookie bars. Having never heard of cookie bars, the boy rolled out sugar cookies and cut them into rectangles. After some discussion, the judges decided that a cookie bar has to be sweet, rectangular, and packed with “a lot of stuff.” Thus, a lemon bar is a bar cookie, but a casserole is not a bar cookie.
These apple pie bars are bar cookies, but a square of jalapeño cornbread is not a bar cookie.
For years, I have considered writing a cookie of the month series, but I always put it off for various reasons. In 2019, I will finally start that series…sort of… Instead of cookies, I am going to make cookie bars, and each recipe will start with a cake mix. I have chosen some really fun flavor combinations (Neapolitan cookie bars, anyone?), so I hope you follow the year-long series!
Let me know in the comments:
- Do you like cookie bars? If so, what is your favorite type?
- If you could put anything in a cookie bar, what would you choose?