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Apple Oatmeal Bars: Cookie Jar

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Not too sweet and loaded the apple flavor, these bar cookies are practically healthy!
Ingredients
Main ingredients:
  Our 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Quick-cooking oats 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Brown sugar 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Baking soda 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Apple filling:
  Chopped apple 1 Pound (cut into chunks)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon zest 1
Directions

To make Filling:
MAKING:
1. Into a large saucepan place the chopped apples, sugar & water. Place lid on pan and cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
2. Turn heat down to medium and cook 18 minutes more, until apples start breaking up. Stir apples occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and break up apples with wooden spoon or potato masher.
4. Stir in butter, cinnamon & lemon zest. Spoon applesauce into bowl and let cool.

To make Bar Cookies:
GETTING READY:
5. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray an 8x8" or 9x9" pan with baking spray; make a sleeve with parchment paper and spray again. Set aside.
6. In a mixer combine together the flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda.
7. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until you get coarse crumbs. Then use your hands to press the butter and flour mixture together, making large crumbs.
8. Measure out 3/4 cup of this mixture and set aside.
9. Press the rest of the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Spoon on 1-1/2 cups of the apple filling and sprinkle the rest of the crumbs on top.

MAKING:
10. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
11. Run a knife on sides without parchment, then using parchment sleeve, lift bar cookies out of pan; let cool on rack. Cut into squares.

SERVING:
12. Serve with your favorite beverages and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Food Places: 
Bars
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Apple
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Perfect snack for the fall season. A fabulous video to prepare apple oatmeal bars with a dash of lemon. They are perfect treat with apple sauce filling, crunchy oats. This quick and rich bars are a hit with everyone. It is a perfect amalgamation of crispy and chewy healthy bars.

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