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Brown Butter Apple Crisp Bars


Ingredients

½ cup unsalted butter

½ cup unsalted butter

2 large Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

2 large Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1 pinch salt

1 pinch salt

2 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons water

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 ½ cups rolled oats

1 ½ cups rolled oats

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

Place 1/2 cup butter in a medium, light-colored saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, swirling often, until butter is browned and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl and set brown butter aside.

Place 1/2 cup butter in a medium, light-colored saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, swirling often, until butter is browned and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl and set brown butter aside.

Combine apples, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and pinch of salt in the same saucepan. Place the pan back over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are softened, about 10 minutes.

Combine apples, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and pinch of salt in the same saucepan. Place the pan back over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are softened, about 10 minutes.

Mix water and cornstarch together in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour mixture into the saucepan and stir to combine. Cook until mixture thickens slightly, 1 to 2 more minutes. Remove pan from the heat and let cool slightly.

Mix water and cornstarch together in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour mixture into the saucepan and stir to combine. Cook until mixture thickens slightly, 1 to 2 more minutes. Remove pan from the heat and let cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9×9-inch square baking pan with enough parchment paper to have overhang on all sides.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9×9-inch square baking pan with enough parchment paper to have overhang on all sides.

Add oats, flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the brown butter and mix until well combined. Measure out 1 cup of this mixture and set aside for topping.

Add oats, flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the brown butter and mix until well combined. Measure out 1 cup of this mixture and set aside for topping.

Pour remaining oat mixture into the prepared pan; firmly press into an even layer. Pour apples and sauce over the crust and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.

Pour remaining oat mixture into the prepared pan; firmly press into an even layer. Pour apples and sauce over the crust and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown and crisp, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, about 30 minutes, before slicing into 16 bars.

Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown and crisp, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, about 30 minutes, before slicing into 16 bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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