Friday, September 11, 2009

Feels Like Fall Friday

Colorful leaves, mild weather, shorter days, and of course all that great fall food. The fall season is easily my favorite time of year—with the exception of what comes next—winter.

Fall and Autumn MySpace Comments and Graphics I came across this great website called Sustainable Table which allows you to select your state and month to see what you can expect to see in season in your grocery store.

Here’s some of my favorites in season here:

  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

What favorites are in season where you are?

Today I thought would be the perfect day to kick off my annual fall baking. This recipe is fast and easy—it is based on a mix, which I usually prefer from scratch, but I’ve had this mix sitting around and I just wanted to use it. Enjoy!

CIMG0520 Caramel Apple Bars

Yields: 36 Bars


  • 1/2 C cold butter
  • 1 pouch(1lb 15 oz) oatmeal cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C finely chopped peeled apple
  • 3/4 C caramel topping
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Heat oven to 350 F. Spray bottom of 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, cut butter into cookie mix using fork or pastry blender. Stir in egg and cinnamon. Mix until mixture becomes crumbly.



  • Reserve 1 1/2 c cup cookie mixture. Press remaining cookie mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake 15 mins. Sprinkle apple over crust. In small bowl, mix caramel topping and flour, drizzle over apples. Sprinkle reserved cookie mixture over apples.


  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Cut bars into 9 rows by 4 rows.


Come back for a weekend slurp smack down!


Kris said...

Love seasonal eating! I wrote a post about it a while ago too!

Erica said...

owwwww I am totally using my oatmeal cookie recipe and making this! These look incredible. I <3 pumpkin

Anonymous said...

I'm lucky I always seem to be able to get the fruits and veg I eat all year round, although it can be more expensive out of season.


brandi said...

those caramel apple bars look awesome!

i love apples, pumpkins, squash...all that fall goodness :)

Christy said...

I love combining caramel and apples! These bars look delish! Welcome FALL!!!

Lexi said...

oh baby those treats look delish! my favorite fall foods are apples, pumpkin and squash. yummmm

Healthy Beach Bum said...

oh girl those apple bars look delish. Baked apples with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter are one of my favorite Fall treats. <3

Jenny said...

so brilliant using cookie dough as the crust! I am so excited to start whipping up some apple recipes :)

Krista said...

What a great way to use up a cookie mix!

Stacey said...

Fall is my favorite too. It seems like all of my favorite foods are in season: pumpkin, sweet potatoes, apples, winter squash, broccoli, greens. Loooooove it!

Sophia said...

Hm. Does CA have seasonal fruits? Must go check it out...but I can't wait for kabocha season!

Kim said...

I love the caramel apple bars! I would have to say my favorites are fresh apples. I love cooking with fall flavors, such as apples, pears, maple, pumpkin- Yum! Love the cookie dough crust : )