Rich and chunky, these apple bars are truly a homespun favorite.
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1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (10-ounce) package cinnamon-flavored baking chips
1 medium (1 cup) apple, chopped
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
Ground cinnamon, if desired
*Substitute 1 (10- to 12-ounce) package white baking chips and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan; set aside.
Combine flour, salt and baking soda in bowl; stir in oats.
Combine butter, brown sugar and sugar in another bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in cinnamon chips and apple.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 33-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Spread over cooled bars. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
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- Cut bars with a wet knife to get a clean edge.