Today marks my first annual Christmas cookie-baking marathon!u00c2u00a0 (hopefully)u00c2u00a0 Well, technically I’ll be baking both tomorrow and Saturday…can’t make everything Saturday morning.u00c2u00a0 I asked Luke’s family if I could bring dessert to their Christmas Eve party, and my offering of a cookie platter was accepted.u00c2u00a0 I’m so excited!u00c2u00a0 I’ve had the cookie recipes picked out for a week and am chomping at the bit to make them.u00c2u00a0 I get that way whenever I plan to bake something, or do things in general.u00c2u00a0 I’m always anxious to get started.
Especially to get started on a new holiday tradition.u00c2u00a0 This one though, will have a logical origin.u00c2u00a0 Unlike those of my past.u00c2u00a0 I asked my mother about where the pickle tradition came from…and she didn’t know either.u00c2u00a0 I guess it’ll just remain a mystery.u00c2u00a0 Baking Christmas cookies is always a logical tradition.u00c2u00a0 Heck, you don’t need a reason to make cookies ever.u00c2u00a0 Cookies in themselves are reason enough to make more cookies.u00c2u00a0 But making four different kinds might need a tiny bit of justification…just a smidgeon.u00c2u00a0 Which is that I get to keep all the cookies that don’t fit on the platter.u00c2u00a0 Score!
These bars need no justification at all.u00c2u00a0 Do you like apples?u00c2u00a0 Do you like cheesecake?u00c2u00a0 Is making an actual cheesecake a little excessive to justify at the moment? If you answered yes to these questions, you might be me, or at least, a very awesome person who would very much enjoy these bars.u00c2u00a0 A layer of shortbread combined with a layer of cheesecake filling topped with cinnamon apples and a buttery crumb topping, how could you resist?u00c2u00a0 Well, I couldn’t, and I was very glad to have done so.
Adapted from Zoom Yummy