Whether it's Fall and it's apple season, or you just need a quick crazy good dessert then these bars are you friend for sure. There is something about the smell of cinnamon that just puts me in a good mood. And I love when I can put them in a bar dessert for you that I know you and anyone who gets to try one is going to love.
Apple pie gooey bars. I mean what's not to love about that title right? Anytime I'm coming up with a new recipe I'm always nervous will it pan out? When I took my first bite out of these bars I knew instantly. Oh yea baby, these worked out for sure. They are like if a cinnamon roll and an apple pie got together and had a baby- it would be these bars.
They start with a blondie base that I've used countless times. Like for these M&M brown butter blondies, Kitchen Sink Blondies, Reese's Pretzel blondies, and these Bourbon Caramel Chocolate Walnut bar. Yea I like my blondies,what can I say. Blondies are easily thrown together in and in the oven in minutes, and bake in under 25 minutes. Whenever I need a quick dessert- blondies are the answer.So this time, to change things up a bit, I decided to turn them into a gooey bar. A gooey what? Gooey bar. I am not the first to come up with the idea of a gooey bar but I love putting my twist on this super simple dessert. Gooey bars are simple a bar cookie with a layer of condensed milk (sometimes caramel too!) baked right in the middle. Making them well gooey! I've made Oreo brownie gooey bars before, but this time I wanted apple pie. But I didn't really feel like busting out my rolling pin this time. So to create an apple pie in an easy bar dessert, I added some apples, spices, and a a drizzle of a vanilla glaze on top. Cinnamon roll + apple pie together as one. What's great about this recipe is you only 2 apples to make these bars! I used cinnamon in this recipe, but you definitely could use apple pie spice instead. You could even try switching out the condensed milk for some caramel. Mm, if you do let me know how those bad boys turn out. Because this version sure didn't last long around here. To send your eyes rolling back into your head and having you mutter phrases like "ohmygawd" as if it's all one word I had to finish these bars off with a simple vanilla glaze. When I first took a bite of these, I knew they needed something. And the glaze was it. The glaze makes these bars have a cinnamon roll resemblance, and completely make these bars. I mean sweet vanilla glaze, cinnamon, apples, brown sugar goodness? Come on what's not to love? I mean you could leave the glaze off, but seriously why would you?Below is the list of tools and equipment you will need to make these bars. These are affiliate links which will re-direct you to Amazon. If you decide to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. This does not cost you anything extra, but that little extra helps to continue to make this blog wicked good 😉 So thank you in advance! And as always, all the products recommended are products I actually own and love and would not recommend otherwise. To Make These Bars You Will Need:
- 9×9 Square Pan- I love my Cuisinart pan
- Whisk- this is my NEW favorite whisk (comes with a bowl scraper!!!)
- Mixing bowls- I love my Pyrex bowls!
- Liquid measuring cup
- Dry measuring cups
- Measuring Spoons
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted, cooled
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 apples, chopped
- 1 14-ounce can of condensed milk
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350° F. Line a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with foil, leaving enough overhang to help you lift the blondies from the pan when they're done. Turn the pan upside down, and form the foil over the bottom to make the shape of the pan with the foil. Turn the pan back over and press the pre-shaped foil in the bottom. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
- 2. Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in medium bowl; set aside. Melt the butter over medium heat and allow to cool slightly. Whisk melted butter and sugar together in medium bowl until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Using rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the chopped apple and turn 1/2 of the batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with rubber spatula. Pour the condensed milk over the batter. Top with the remaining batter. This part can get a little tricky, some of the condsend milk may be peeking through. Don't be afraid to use your fingers to help spread the batter around.
- 3. Bake until top is shiny, cracked, and light golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes; do not overbake. Cool on wire rack to room temperature. Remove bars from pan by lifting foil overhang and transfer to cutting board.
- 4. While the bars are cooling prepare the glaze. In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients. Use a fork or whisk to combine. Drizzle over the cooled bars. Cut into 12 large or 16 small(ish) bars and serve.
- You could try using apple pie spice instead of the cinnamon and caramel instead of the condensed milk as well!