Our daughter Hatti has been on me to try cinnamon chips for quite some time already. Like, at least a year, I’m sad to admit. I don’t know why it took me so long to indulge her simple request. Especially since I really do like cinnamon alot. Sometimes I just need to have an idea in my head before trying a new ingredient, I guess.
So I’m glad I was finally inspired with a recipe idea while picking apples recently. These Whole Wheat Apple Bars with Cinnamon Chips and Cardamom Glaze, made with my favorite Haralson apples, were a hit with the whole family!
Our girls had so much fun picking apples with a friend last fall, that we had to repeat the experience this year. After school let out one deliciously warm fall day, we headed to a local orchard to pick. And eat apple doughnuts and fresh cider. And act silly, of course. I’m amazed I got these girls to sit still long enough to grab a photo of the apples on their heads!
Thanks to Hatti, I am now a fan of cinnamon chips, and she will always be able to find them in our pantry. I will continue to explore new ways to incorporate them in recipes, for sure.
These bars are soft and moist, full of delicious pockets of apple goodness. And the cinnamon chips? They not only add yummy pops of cinnamon flavor, but also great texture. (I’m a believer!) The whole family loved the bars plain, before the glaze was drizzled on. But after trying the bars with the cardamom glaze…well, there was no going back. The glaze is beautifully sweet and fragrant, and really puts these apple bars over the top.
Do you bake with cinnamon chips? What’s your favorite way to use them?!
- 10 T. unsalted butter, melted
- 1-1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 c. white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 2-1/2 c. peeled, small diced apples (Use firm tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Haralson.)
- 1-1/2 c. cinnamon chips, divided
- 1-1/4 c. powdered sugar
- 2 T. heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp. cardamom
- 1 T. pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray a 9''x13'' pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk again.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir together. Fold in the apples and 1 cup of the cinnamon chips. Pour batter into prepared pan, pushing the batter into the corners and spreading evenly. The batter will be thick. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cinnamon chips over batter. Bake for about 27 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Whisk together all glaze ingredients.
Use a fork or spoon to drizzle the glaze over cooled bars. Or place the glaze in a resealable baggie, snip off a small corner of the bag, and then pipe the glaze over the bars as desired.
from a farmgirl's dabbles