Apple-Pecan Bars

Apple-Pecan-Bars

These delicious Apple-Pecan bars combine Granny Smith apples, finely chopped pecans, and a perfect dash of cinnamon to make a perfect fall treat.

Apple-Pecan Bars
 
Yield: 12
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with baking spray with flour.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

From TeaTime, September/October 2011

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