John and I took Kayleigh apple picking at a local orchard a couple of weeks ago. She had an absolute blast picking apples, while John held her high up inside of the trees. It was so cute watching her cup both of her tiny hands around whatever apple happened to catch her eye, and then proceed to pull and tug as hard as she could until it came loose. She had also just learned to say “apple” a few days before our visit to the apple orchard, so of course we heard that word come out of her mouth about 1,000 times while we were there.
Since our visit to the apple orchard, she has become quite obsessed with apples. She begs me for at least one apple each day, and as soon as she sees me pull one from the bag, her eyes light up with excitement. She has a mouth full of teeth now, and it’s quite amusing to watch her try to bite into an apple. Most of the time I will cut it up into bite-sized pieces for her, but some times she likes to try to eat them like a big girl.
Our big bag of apples is almost gone already, due to her obsession with them, so I decided to sneak a few to bake up a sweet treat before they were completely gone!
I had this idea to take my favorite Thumbprint Cookie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens and combine it with an apple pie filling and lots and lots of cinnamon sugar mixture to create Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Bars. The thumbprint cookie base and topping is so light and buttery and just melts in your mouth, and blends so well with the tasty apple pie filling. It’s a match made in heaven!
Here’s how you make this yummy treat!
1. Make a double batch of the Thumbprint Cookie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
2. Spread 2/3 of the Thumbprint Cookie mixture into the bottom of an 8×8 or 9×9 pan.
3. Make the cinnamon sugar mixture by combining 1/4 cup of sugar with 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
4. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the thumbprint cookie layer.
5. Make the Apple Pie Filling as follows:
Apple Pie Filling
3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1.5 tbsp. flour
Combine flour, sugars and spices in a small bowl, set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples slices with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture and toss well to coat apples completely.
6. Pour your apple pie mixture on top of the thumbprint cookie base.
7. Drop small pieces of the remaining thumbprint cookie dough evenly over the top of the apple pie mixture.
8. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
9. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until cookie dough is baked.
10. Allow bars to cool and cut into squares.