I can’t stop baking. Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chocolate chip bars, cake batter blondies, the list is endless. The more and more I actually read through recipes, the more I actually understand the right makeup for cookies, cakes, bars, and the like, and want to invent some of my own.
It’s a funny thing, baking. Because well, as opposed to cooking where you can pretty much always cover up massive taste fails with gobs of ketchup, soy sauce, or (insert fave condiment here), baking has more of a consistency factor. Bars can be too cake-y, cake too mushy, cupcakes too dry … You get the idea.
No, the mix for these apple cinnamon chocolate chip bars does not at all look like vomit. I don’t know where you got that idea from. Okay, maybe it does. Just a little. But I swear on my life it tastes better than gumdrops. I don’t really like gumdrops, now that I think about it. They always get stuck in my teeth.
Back to the bars. They’re delicious. They’re cake like without being too crumbly. Sweet but not sugar-rushtastic. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: for even better flavor the next day, that is — if there are any leftovers — microwave them for 12 seconds and eat with a glass of warm apple cider. If fall had a taste, that’s it. Trust me, I know — I asked fall.
Apple cinnamon chocolate chip bars
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 whole diced apples, skin removed
Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the sugar and eggs together in a large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Not peaks fluffy,but close.
2. Mix in the flour, baking soda, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Stir well. Then fold in the chocolate chips and apples carefully. Your batter will be thick and you’ll need a rubber spatula to get it all out of your bowl. Or you could leave the extra in there, and just eat it. I went for the ladder.
3. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9 pan, coated with non-stick cooking spray and lightly floured. Sprinkle top with extra cinnamon sugar. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a light golden brown on top.
Happy almost weekend!