Sometimes the area we live in truly amazes me. We are so fortunate to live near many apple orchards. The variety of apples we have available to us within an hours drive has me completely spoiled. It makes for a fun weekend drive to head to the orchard, get some apples,
and maybe even a baked good.
On our last apple outing, we went to an orchard we hadn't been to before. Why? Because my mother was RAVING about the cookies she had at the bakery of this orchard. Well, that's a tease if I ever heard one, so we had to go. Once we got there, and were waiting in line, I am peeking at the bakery case and already disappointed because I don't see any of these cookies. Not a one. We finally get our turn, and I ask the lady about these cookies... Oh yes, they have them, they are already bagged and ready to go. Apparently so popular, they don't bother to put them in the display case!
They were soooo good!
I wanted to try and replicate this cookie! I couldn't get the cookie the way I wanted it to be, but I was able to get it into a bar! Just in time for Fill the Cookie Jar!
If you are interested in joining Fill The Cookie Jar group on facebook, fill out the form that can be found at Fill The Cookie Jar. Each month we bake a different theme for the cookie.
We bake, we share and we enjoy our cookies!
Caramel Apple Bars
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp apple pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 large apple, peeled and diced
11 ounces Caramel Bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9x13 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
In large bowl, cream butter until light and creamy. Add both sugars, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mix well. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, mixing until fully incorporated. Add oatmeal, mix well. Fold in diced apple and caramel bits.