Apple Pie Bars
Recipe from Food & Wine

Mary Odson's sister Cathy came up with these bars, which have a nutty, streusel-like topping and a crisp shortbread crust.


Apple Pie Bars
Quentin Bacon

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Yield: 4 dozen bars
Prep Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 2 hrs
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Ingredients
    CRUST:
    • 3   sticks 
      unsalted butter, softened
    • 3/4  cup 
      sugar
    • 3   cups 
      all-purpose flour
    • 1/2  teaspoon 
      kosher salt
    FILLING:
    • 6   tablespoons 
      unsalted butter
    • 1/2  cup 
      light brown sugar
    • 12   
      Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 6 pounds)
    • 1   tablespoon 
      cinnamon
    • 1/4  teaspoon 
      freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1   cup 
      water, as necessary
    TOPPING:
    • 3/4  cup 
      walnuts
    • 3   cups 
      quick-cooking oats
    • 2   cups 
      all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2  cups 
      light brown sugar
    • 1 1/4  teaspoons 
      cinnamon
    • 1/2  teaspoon 
      baking soda
    • 1/2  teaspoon 
      kosher salt
    • 3   sticks 
      unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and chilled (12 ounces)
    Directions
    1.
    MAKE THE CRUST: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 15-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper. In a standing electric mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter with the sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. At low speed, beat in the flour and salt until a soft dough forms. Press the dough over the bottom of the prepared pan and 1/2 inch up the side in an even layer. Bake in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, until the crust is golden and set. Let cool on a rack.
    2.
    MEANWHILE MAKE THE FILLING: In each of 2 large skillets, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter with 1/4 cup of the light brown sugar. Add the apples to the skillets and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir half of the cinnamon and nutmeg into each skillet. Cook until the apples are caramelized and very tender and the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes longer; scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the skillets and add up to 1/2 cup of water to each pan to prevent scorching. Let cool.
    3.
    MAKE THE TOPPING: Spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast until golden and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop the walnuts. In a large bowl, mix the oats with the flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the walnuts and press the mixture into clumps.
    4.
    Spread the apple filling over the crust. Scatter the crumbs on top, pressing them lightly into an even layer. Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour, until the topping is golden; rotate the pan halfway through baking. Let cool completely on a rack before cutting into 2-inch bars.
    MAKE AHEAD:

    1.
    The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days or frozen for up to a month.
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