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These bars are so perfect for big groups or to enjoy throughout the week! Unlike pie, these don't require a fussy crust but an easy fix. Drizzle with caramel, powdered sugar or have on your own. 

Ingredients - for the crust

cooking spray
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients - for the filling

6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients - for the topping

1.5 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped peacns
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
caramel, for serving

Recipe Instructions

Step 1: 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.
Step 2:  Press into the prepared pan about 1/2” upsides. Bake until lightly golden, 20 minutes.
Step 3: In a large bowl, toss apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together. Spread apples over crust.
Step 4: 
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pecans, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter until coarse clumps form.
Step 5:  Sprinkle crumb topping over apples and bake until top is golden and apples are soft, about 1 hour.
Step 6: 
Let cool for at least 15 minutes then slice into squares and drizzle with caramel before serving.

The recipe and image are courtesy of Delish