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Caramel Apple Pie Bars with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

These easy apple pie bars have a shortbread crust, rich apple layer, and a cinnamon pecan streusel topping. Drizzle with caramel for a classic treat!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • SHORTBREAD:
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • APPLE LAYER:
  • 2 slices large Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced into 1/4" thick
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • CINNAMON PECAN STREUSEL:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats divided
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Line an 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Melt butter in microwave, then add brown sugar and whisk to combine.
  • Add salt and cinnamon, stir, then add flour and stir until well combined.
  • Press dough into prepared pan in an even layer.
  • Bake 15 minutes, then set aside.
  • Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • While crust is baking, prepare apples and add to medium mixing bowl.
  • Toss apple slices with butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  • Add flour, 1/4 cup oats, brown sugar and cinnamon to a food processor. Add cubes of cold butter and pulse until butter is cut into mixture and pea sized pieces form.
  • Add streusel to a small bowl and stir in chopped pecans and remaining 1/4 cup oats.
  • Layer apple slices over top of the shortbread crust, then top with streusel topping.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until streusel is lightly golden brown and apples are cooked through.
  • Drizzle with caramel and top with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Notes

1. If desired, drizzle extra caramel sauce over the top of the apples before you add the streusel.