These delicious Apple-Pecan bars combine Granny Smith apples, finely chopped pecans, and a perfect dash of cinnamon to make a perfect fall treat.
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1½ teaspoons apple-pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups finely chopped Granny Smith apple
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup salted butter, melted
- Garnish: sifted confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with baking spray with flour.
- In a large bowl, combine butter and granulated sugar. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract, beating well to combine.
- In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, apple-pie spice, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add apples, stirring to combine. Spread batter into prepared pan.
- In a small bowl, combine pecans, remaining ¼ cup flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add melted butter, stirring to combine. Sprinkle pecan mixture over batter in pan.
- Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan, and cut into bars.
- Garnish with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
From TeaTime, September/October 2011
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