Cinnamon Apple Graham Cracker Crumb Bars - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

in photography •  6 months ago


And it appears the weekend’s over, so um………I think we need something sweet to “celebrate”, right?

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HEY, how do you feel about apples and cinnamon stuffed inside cookie bars???? But for reals, what do you think? I have all types in my gang when it comes to apple desserts; the ones that like anything and everything, the ones that only like cooked apples but hate cinnamon, the ones that claim to be allergic to all fruits, those that only like raw apples, and those that refuse to have an opinion at all.

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With so many people living here in casa craziness it’s becoming easier and easier to get rid of all my extras as you could probably have guessed.

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Anyway, so these cookie bars were inspired by one of my fam’s favorites, my s’mores cookie bars! Oh my goodness, and as I’m typing this I just realized that I’ve never shared that recipe, what am I doing with my life guys??? (I’ll definitely share it soon though.? )

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Ok, but back to the apple bars, they are simply a combination of the most amazingly soft and delicious cookie base and a classic cinnamon apple filling like what you fill a pie with. Of course, then I couldn’t resist the urge to drizzle them with something extra (I’ve got issues) so I added a little bit of icing to dress them up. If you want you could skip that part I guess (# boringpeopleoftheworldunite), but I’m a frosting fanatic so I seriously cannot.

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Alrighty, now that I’ve explained why you have to make these I’m gonna shut up so you can. Oooohhh, and don’t forget to sip something cozy and hot with them like a chai latte or some spiced cider, yum!!!! Enjoy, you guys!

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Cinnamon Apple Graham Cracker Crumb Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: about 16 bars

Take advantage of apple season by making these soft, sweet, delicious cookie bars full of all the sugar and spice goodness!


Apple Filling:
3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced into small cubes
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Cookie Bar Dough:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 cup graham cracker or vanilla cookie crumbs, finely ground *see note
2 teaspoons almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar


Apple Filling:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line an 8x8 or 9x11 inch pan with parchment. Add the water to a medium saucepan over medium high heat and add your apples. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until the apples are starting to get soft and darken. Combine the salt, sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch in a small bowl and mix to combine, then add to the pan. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes longer until, stirring constantly, until the sugar starts to melt and caramelize. Remove pan from heat and set aside until needed.
Cookie Bar Dough:
In a medium mixing bowl, beat coconut oil, nut butter, almond milk, and brown sugar together until creamed. Add, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon and beat until mixed. Add the flour and graham crumbs and beat until well combined.
Spread about 1/2 of the dough in the baking dish and bake for about 8 - 10 minutes until the top starts just barely browning. Remove from oven and scrape out your pan of apple mixture over the dough. Spread to even out then crumble the remaining 1/2 of the dough over top and return to the oven for 15 to 17 minutes until the top is starting to turn golden brown. Remove pan from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting.
Whisk the, milk, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl. Add the powdered sugar and stir gently until you have a smooth icing. Use a fork or fine tipped pastry bag to drizzle over the bars after you cut them.


*If you are vegan and prefer to not make your own graham crackers you can replace the crumbs in this recipe with a number of lightly sweet cookies or crackers from the store. I think Nabisco makes grahams without honey but Trader Joe's and Biscoff Speculoos cookies, animal crackers, cinnamon teddy grahams, and Girl Scout's Thanks-a-lots are all vegan. Double check to make sure though.


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Looks delicious but I don't really like cinnamon.

Apple and butter are so testy want to tempted this


I am so glad you liked it, thanks so much for commenting

In a medium mixing bowl, beat coconut oil, nut butter, almond milk, and brown sugar together until creamed.

I guess this place may take up to several minutes to become creamed.

This is delicious 😋 and I wish I could have a taste.


This looks very tasty.
I think I will try to make it.
Take Care



thanks for commenting


I hope you give it a try

I see your still going strong with the food photos @gringalicious :)


thanks so much for commenting @makesushi

Cinnamon and apples are a great mix! I would like to make such masterpieces! Will I be able to see you, friend @gringalicious , on Steem Fest in Krakow?


so good to hear from you. I am planning on being in Krakow, yes

...i dont like apple recipes that much but this looks so delicious! Awesome photography too!

For me this is a perfect recipe for the christmas time! YUMMY!

...cant wait to see the next one!


-edga NOWARGraffitis


I am so glad you liked it, thanks for commenting

It looks mouth watering. Yummy yummy. I just want to take a bite. Thanks for the recipe, going to try this at home. My next holiday recipe.


you are very welcome, I hope you give it a try

Well if it is in front of me no one would have got a bite of it that's so yummy beautifully presented and made by you :D


thanks so much for all the support @blazing

YUM!! Cooked apples and cinnamon must be together, at least on my dish!! :)

This recipe is appealing to those cold afternoons spent at home with a warm blanket in our cozy pants and socks. (Although in Portugal we are still having summer days.)


so good to hear from you. Steemfest?


SteemFest!? How could I not's still on Europe! Are you going too?

I love apple recipes and this one looks amazing and delicious. Thanks for sharing my dear @gringalicious ♥️♥️♥️


thanks so much for the support @injiskitchen

i like cinamon bery much!
thank you for recipe and nice photo.


thanks so much for taking the time to comment

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I love it. I will try do it.


I hope it works for you

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Wow, how delicious it looks!
I must try.
Take a look of my last post, I think it might interest you.

I share interesting cooking recipes with you. I would be glad if you pass by. Thank you!