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