Apple-Pecan Dessert Squares

As easy as apple pie…maybe easier! The praline topping adds a crowning touch to the harvest time treat.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 9

Apple Layer

2
cups all-purpose flour
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
3/4
cup butter or margarine
2
cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 2 medium)
1
egg, slightly beaten

Topping

3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup finely chopped pecans
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
tablespoons honey
2
tablespoons milk
1
cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda.
  • 2 With pastry blender or fork, cut in 3/4 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in apples and egg. Press mixture firmly in pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until puffed in center.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, combine all topping ingredients except whipped topping. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • 4 Remove apple layer from oven. Drizzle hot topping over warm apple layer; spread evenly. Return to oven; bake 4 to 6 minutes longer or until topping is bubbly. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. With serrated knife, cut into squares. Serve with whipped topping.

Expert Tips

Choose firm-textured apples for baking. Try Braeburn, Cortland, Granny Smith or Haralson.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
515
(
Calories from Fat
225),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
25%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
240mg
240%;
Total Carbohydrate
68g
68%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
45g
45%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
14%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
12%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.