Johnny Appleseed Bars

My brother-in-law is kind of obnoxious and annoying. I’d feel bad saying that on the internet, but since it’s true I’m going to go ahead and not feel guilty.

I mean, I’m just being honest, so it’s not like I’m a bad person. If he didn’t want the world to know that he is annoying then he shouldn’t be annoying.

Here’s what’s annoying about him: he is the world’s pickiest eater. He won’t even eat tacos, for the love of Pete. Or barbecue chicken. Or spaghetti. Tell me, who the fluff doesn’t like spaghetti?

He also likes to come barging in our house shouting about treats. As in, “Where are the treats, woman?” or “Don’t you have any cookies, woman?”

Yeah.

I told you he was annoying and obnoxious.

(I’m going to add this part in the parentheses, because everyone knows that boys don’t read what’s written inside parentheses – I actually kind of like him. I mean, only sometimes, of course. But, I just wanted to throw that out there. He’s not all bad. Usually.)

So, the other night we had a get together and I brought along some brownies (recipe will be shared next week, promise) and these delicious Johnny Appleseed Bars. First of all, Johnny Appleseed Bars? You know they’ll taste good just because of the cute name. Second of all, it’s Fall and these are apple bars. Third, the cakey crust is simply amazing.

My brother-in-law took one look at the apple bars and said “What have we got here, woman?” The bars look all innocent and delicious, so he had high hopes.

I cringed a little though, because I knew there was no way he was going to be pleased with fruit in his dessert. I started to tell him the name, but as soon as he heard “apple” he started convulsing and didn’t stop until I pointed him in the direction of the brownies.

Whatever. He’s dumb. Also, he really doesn’t call me “woman” all the time. I mean, he does call me that a lot, but he also sometimes just calls me by name. I can’t wait to hear what he calls me after I post this on the internet!

So, the moral of this story is that apple bars are delicious, the oatmeal cake crust is outrageous, and brothers-in-law are strange.

I snagged this recipe from the fabulous Joanne at Eats Well With Others. Pop over and tell her hi.

Johnny Appleseed Bars

Ingredients:

2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 to 5 firm Granny Smith apples

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment. Place the prepared pan in the freezer.
Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the oats and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and mix until well combined.
Press half of the dough into the prepared pan. Set aside.
Roll the remaining dough between two pieces of parchment paper into a 9x13 rectangle. Place in the freezer on a cookie sheet.
Peel, quarter, and thinly slice the apples. Arrange them over the dough in rows so that each slice slightly overlaps another.
Remove the rolled dough from the freezer and peel off one layer of parchment. Place the dough on top of the apples and remove the other piece of parchment. Press the dough in to cover the apples.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Cool in the pan and then cut into squares to serve.