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Layered Apple Bars

Their wonderful apple and brown sugar flavor makes these cookies welcome whenever they are served. Top with vanilla ice cream for a quick dessert."

Ingredients

vegetable oil cooking spray
3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
3-2/3 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter, in 1-inch pieces
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a Cuisinart® Roast/Bake Pan or other 13 x 9 x 2 - inch baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.
Place walnuts and sugar in a Cuisinart® food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse to coarsely chop, about 5 times; reserve. Place flour and next 5 ingredients in the food processor. Pulse until mixture is crumbly, about 7 - 8 times; reserve. Do not overprocess.
Insert the thin (2mm) slicing disc. Place one apple in the large feed tube and slice using light pressure. Repeat with remaining apples.
Spread half of the crumb mixture in the bottom of the pan. Arrange the apple slices over the crumb mixture, then layer half the sugar-nut mixture followed by the remaining crumb mixture. Top with remaining sugar-nut mixture and pat down gently. Bake until apples are tender and top is lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly; cut into bars while warm.

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Servings

Makes 24 bars

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

183 calories (42% from fat) • carb. 24g • pro. 3g • fat 9g • sat. fat 4g • chol. 16mg • sod. 62mg • calc. 17mg • fiber 2g