Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar cookies in a thick and delicious bar!

Lots of apples and cinnamon make these bars the perfect fall treat!

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars 1

Each major holiday comes with a “to do” list.  I’m not talking about shopping or decorating, but more of an itinerary of things we need to do as a family.  When the start of school rolls around, I start planning our fall activities. The season will NOT be complete for me unless we find time to do all the fun things autumn has to offer.  Since our kids have been babies, we’ve gone to the zoo, we’ve done hayrides, we’ve picked and carved pumpkins, we’ve done corn mazes and made all sorts of Halloween treats.   These are the reason I absolutely love the fall.  There is so much to do, the weather is cool and crisp and I love the autumn colors we find everywhere we look.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars

Our oldest is almost 10.  She still enjoys most of our fall festivities.  She’s a good big sister and will enjoy them for the sake of my 4 year old for as long as possible.  In the back of my mind, I am aware that our lives are changing.  We do so much together as a family.  All the activities listed above hold so many special family memories.  I know it’s only a matter of time before one of them asks to bring a friend, and then the whole dynamic of that outing will change.  The next thing that will happen is one will ask to stay back with a friend and before we know it, we won’t be going at all.  I’m dreading that day.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars

The one thing that we will always have is the flavors of fall.  Each September our kitchen starts filling up with the spiced aromas that only the flavors of autumn can bring.  Our senses are filled with the scent of apples, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin, maple and nutmeg.  Our kids love eating pumpkin cupcakes and chili, cinnamon bread and gingerbread cookies.  And I’m confident they always will.  I suppose no matter what each season brings, we always have food to bring us together.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars

These apple cinnamon sugar cookie bars were the perfect recipe to get us in the mood for fall!  Each bite is loaded with cinnamon and fresh chunks of apples.  I frosted them with a simple browned butter frosting.  The combination left us anxious for fall and the bounty it has to offer!


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Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Bars
For the sugar cookies:
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups diced, peeled apples
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 16oz package powdered sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13x18 baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a mixer, combine butter and sugar and mix on medium until creamy. Mix in eggs one at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Blend in flour mixture on low until completely incorporated. Stir in cinnamon and apples.
  3. Spread bars onto prepared sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, cook butter in a small saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly for about 8-10 minutes or until butter starts to turn a golden brown color. Remove from heat and pour until a bowl. Cover and refrigerate butter for an hour or until it begins to solidify.
  5. In a mixer, beat butter until smooth. Carefully add powdered sugar alternately with the milk beginning and ending with the powdered sugar. When frosting is a spreadable consistency, stir in vanilla. Spread frosting over cooled sugar cookie bars.


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82 Responses

    • Thank you Shannon! My family devoured these!

  1. I am determined to experience Fall this year and not let it pass me by! Thanks for the reminder Tanya. :) And I heart these bars SO much!

  2. huntfortheverybest

    wow the frosting looks amazing in that photo taken from above. yum!

  3. I love scheduling things for us to do for Fall, too. And, I know exactly what you mean by when the kids start asking if friends can go or they go with a friend (“because it’s more fun with another family”)…it’s hard. My thing is trying to do events for ALL of my boys as a family. Since they are in their 20s, teens, and 6…I’m mean, what do you do? Other than force them to do these kinds of things. So, the only events that we can “enjoy” as a family (without the bickering) are road trips to rock concerts and the amusement park we have outside of Salt Lake City. So, enjoy these young years while you can! (=
    PS… Pinning these wonderful bars! (They must taste amazing! I can smell them now!)

  4. I saw your bars on Whimsy Wednesday and HAD to come check these babies out! They look sooooo good. I think my family and I will be doing some apple-picking in the near future, and these will definitely be on the list to try. Thanks so much!

    • Thank you Erin! The frosting was so good, I could’ve just eaten a bowl full of that for dessert! I need to go apple picking, I bet it would be so fun!

  5. A Sweet Baker

    Love the apples and cinnamon in these sugar cookie bars! I need them in my life ASAP! Pinned! :)

    • And now, I need them again-we ate them all!

  6. I love the picture of the big slab and then a few cut away from it! Turn it in to food gawker!

  7. ohsweetbasil

    love those photos and that thick bar! YUM!

  8. Although I’m certainly in no hurry to welcome Fall, Tanya, I do love the aromas of Fall cooking. A kitchen with something containing apple & cinnamon baking in the oven is just about perfect. I bet these cookie bars taste every bit as good as their aroma.

    • Yes John, I have to admit that these tasted as good as they smelled!

  9. Can’t wait to try these! Looks delicious!

  10. Tanya, these look so delicious–and perfect for fall! I love the flavors and the fact that they are sugar cookie bars. What could be better!? I also have a fall bucket list and can’t wait to get piping hot pumpkin donuts from our local farm stand.

    • Oh man, I love pumpkin donuts!! I think I have to make some very soon!

  11. Love that you added chopped apples to a sugar cookie bar! And you can’t go wrong topping them with a brown butter frosting!

    • I’m a browned butter convert! These were so addicting!

  12. I was in love with this recipe as soon as I read the title! These bars look delicious.

    I am looking forward to fall activities (and food) too. I love taking the boys to pumpkin patches. Last year my little one fell and landed with his nose right on the end of a pumpkin stem. He had a huge red scrape on the tip of his nose all Halloween season, and I had to tell everyone he fell on a pumpkin every time they asked.

    • I’m so glad others have their favorite fall traditions too! Thanks Andi!

  13. Oh my gosh these look amazing! What a great idea to add the apples and cinnamon to a sugar cookie base, perfect for the Fall. Pinning to make. :)

  14. I feel the same way about the holidays, there are always a bunch of family things I want to do. I might have to start making these bars as a tradition every fall – they look amazing and like something we all would love!

  15. I love anything apple and spice this time of year. Your cookie bars look delicious, especially the icing.

  16. So listen. My kids are bigger than yours! My oldest is 13 and you know what? i still make them do ALLLLL of that stuff. They like it. And if they don’t like it they won’t tell me for fear that I will hold all the cookies hostage.
    And speaking of holding all the cookies hostage — I’m pretty sure I could eat a whole pan of these Apple Sugar Cookie Bars. YUP.

    • I guess I will make them do these things for as long as possible-and I will always have cookies!

  17. cookingwithcurls

    We used to do all of those fun fall activities, and then the kids grew up…and got jobs. They no longer find those things fun, and don’t want to hang out with their parents. It’s sad :( I wish I lived closer to you, so I could go do all of those fun things with you! Those bars looks heavenly. I need to start baking!!!

    • I love fall baking too Emily. I can’t wait to do more!

  18. These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve pinned it. :) Found your recipe at the Link Party Palooza. :)

  19. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and your blog on the OBC Friday Pin Party. I have enjoyed visiting your blog. It is baking time, can you hear my pans rattling… Deb@kneaded creations

    • Me too Carrie! The frosting has to be as thick as the bar!

  20. I think I need to make these this weekend! Perfect fall dessert!! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  21. Rhonda

    Will be making these today! I know exactly how you feel. My son is 24, a Marine and married. Sometimes I wonder where the days went to. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thanks Rhonda! Time flies doesn’t it?

  22. Tanya, these look and sound absolutely delicious! My hubby just loves anything with apples, so these are going on my must try list! Thanks for sharing and pinning! Have a wonderful week!

    • Oh Cindy these were so good! Thank you!

    • Heidi

      Looks yummy! Can’t figure out the pan size. Did you mean 9×13?

  23. Awe, I can’t wait to do fun things like that with my little one. She is only 10 months but I definitely plan to go apple picking with her. That is my favorite fall thing to do.

    I think I will be saving some extra for these bars!

    • You will love it Meg! I know I’m living through them, but we all have so much fun and are creating so many memories!

  24. Diane in Wisconsin

    Don’t know what I did wrong. Knewq 5 cups of flour was too much for a 13 x 8 pan as shown in the recipe so used a 10 x 15 and it still raised like cake. Much more a dry cake than a cookie texture. Frosting was good.

  25. Oh these look so good! I found them on the Time to Sparkle Link Party!

  26. Dena

    Glad to see the pan size was corrected. I was going to say that I had to bake it alot longer in my 9×13 pan (it had said 13×8 so I figured it would be fine)for the middle to get done. I’m eating a middle piece and it’s dense like a cookie and very thick obviously because of my pan choice and the frosting is awesome. I hope the edge pieces aren’t too dry.

    • I apologize for the pan size! Hope the middle tastes good? I loved the frosting too!

  27. Heidi

    What is the correct pan size?

  28. Jerry

    Exactly how small do you chop the apples ?

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  30. Barbara

    These are delish! And, the brown butter… OMG! It makes the icing different and so good!


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