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Apple Pecan Bars Recipe
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5 from 4 votes

Apple Pecan Bars Recipe

This super delicious recipe is quick and easy to make. Just 10 ingredients and 15 minutes of active preparation time. Made from scratch.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pecan bars recipe
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 391kcal

Ingredients

Shortbread crust

  • 1+½ cups all-purpose flour (180g)
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar (50g)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup butter, cold (141g)

Apple filling

  • 14 oz thinly sliced apples (peeled if preferred) (400g - about 2 large apples)
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour (15g)
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar (25g)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean* (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Pecan topping

  • ½ cup pecans (65g)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (30g)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (50g)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter (56g)
  • ¼ cup rolled oats (20g)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9x9" (23x23cm) baking pan with parchment paper with an overhang on two opposite sides. Set aside.
  • Make the shortbread crust in a food processor: Place flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse until it starts to clump. Transfer to the prepared baking pan and press with your fingers into the bottom of the pan. Then place a piece of paper on top of the crust and even with a flat-bottomed cup. Bake for 15 minutes until crust is lightly browned.
  • If you don't have a food processor, then make the shortbread crust with a pastry cutter or two forks instead: In this case mix together flour, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Then add butter and cut it into the mixture until it starts to clump.
  • Apple filling: In a large bowl, stir together apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla* just until combined. Set aside. 
  • Make the pecan topping in a food processor: Place pecans, flour, sugar, salt, butter, and oats in a food processor and pulse until it starts to clump. If you don't have a food processor, then make the pecan topping with a pastry cutter or two forks instead: In this case chop pecans finely. Transfer to a large bowl and add flour, sugar, salt, and oats. Then add butter and cut it into the mixture until it starts to clump.
  • Remove crust from oven and lay apples without liquid (if there is any) on top of the baked crust evenly. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 350°F/ 175°C for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Then lift the bars out of the pan with the paper and cut into 9 bars (or more if preferred). Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Notes

*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your sharp knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Then just use the seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal