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Apple Butter Pecan Bars

Apple Butter Pecan Bars

  • Author: Sarah Marx Feldner
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Apple butter is available at most well-stocked grocery stores.


  • 1 cup pecans, toasted (120 g)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided (120 g)
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats (120 g)
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar (160 g)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (50 g)
  • 1 tsp fine-grain salt (like table or sea salt)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces (12 TB, 6 oz)
  • ¾ cup apple butter (225 g)
  • 2 TB granulated sugar, for sprinkling (25 g)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  2. Butter a 9x13 metal baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the pecans with ¼ cup (30 g) flour until finely ground. Pour into a large bowl with the oats, stir to combine, and set aside.
  4. In the now empty (but still “dirty”) food processor bowl, blend together the remaining 3/4 cup (90 g) flour, brown sugar, ¼ cup granulated sugar, salt and cinnamon. Then, add the cold butter and pulse until a dough begins to form. Transfer to the bowl with the pecan-oat mixture and, using your hands, knead until well combined.
  5. Reserve ¾ cup of the dough, then press the remainder evenly into the prepared 9x13 pan and spread the apple butter over it (it will be a thin layer). Crumble the reserved dough evenly over the apple butter and then sprinkle with the 2 TB granulated sugar.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until golden and bubbling slightly around the edges, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting.


  • Grinding the pecans with the flour (vs. on their own) prevents them from getting oily and clumpy. Do be sure the toasted pecans are completely cooled before processing.
  • If fully embracing fall, homemade apple butter takes these bars from great to OMG. Once a year, I'll go to the apple orchard and buy as many varieties of apples as available to make a huge batch of this overnight apple butter.
  • These bars definitely highlight the salty-sweet flavor profile. If that's not your thing, just back off on the salt 1/4 teaspoon or so.

Keywords: apple butter, pecans, fall recipes, apple recipes, fall baking, apple orchards