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Apple Shortbread Bars

These delicious bars feature all the flavors of a crumb-topped apple pie--now in a handheld version.

Serves 20
Ready in 65 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 50 mins
165 calories per serving


> Baking spray
> 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
> 10 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
> 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature and divided
> 3 large apples
> 2 tbsp cornstarch
> 3 tsp apple pie spice, divided
> pinch of salt
> 1/2 cup Nature's Promise® Organic Quick Oats
> 1/4 cup packed brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil and coat with baking spray.
To a food processor, add 1½ cups flour, 8 tbsp (½ cup) granulated sugar, and ½ cup (1 stick) butter. Pulse until dough holds together. Press dough into pan in even layer. Use a fork to poke small holes in dough. Bake 20–25 min., until golden.
Meanwhile, peel, core, and finely dice the apples. In a large bowl, toss with remaining 2 tbsp granulated sugar, cornstarch, 2 tsp apple pie spice, and salt. Arrange apples over shortbread in single layer.
In a small bowl, combine remaining ¼ cup flour, remaining ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, and remaining 1 tsp apple pie spice with the oats and brown sugar. Using clean hands, mix together until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle crumble mixture over apples and bake 28–32 min., until topping is golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting into 20 bars.

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