Apple Pie Bars | Cleveland Southside Moms

Ingredients

Cooking spray

1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
 
1/2 c. granulated sugar
 
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
 
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
 
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
 
FOR THE FILLING
 
6 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
 
Juice of 1/2 lemon
 
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
 
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
 
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
 
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
 
FOR THE TOPPING
 
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
 
1 c. chopped pecans
 
1 c. packed brown sugar
 
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
 
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
 
Caramel, for serving

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9”-x-13” pan with parchment then grease with cooking spray. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix until just combined. 

Press into prepared pan about 1/2” up sides. Bake until lightly golden, 20 minutes. 

In a large bowl, toss apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together. Spread apples over crust. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pecans, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter until coarse clumps form.

Sprinkle crumb topping over apples and bake until top is golden and apples are soft, about 1 hour. 

Let cool at least 15 minutes then slice into squares and drizzle with caramel before serving.

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