Tammy Post's Iowa State Fair blue-ribbon recipe doesn't skimp on apples, which results in incredibly moist and indulgent bars.

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 15 mins
24 bars


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, the baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, beat softened butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Stir in apples and coarsely chopped pecans

  • Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until golden and set in the center, 50 to 60 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, toasted pecans, melted butter, the remaining 2 tablespoons flour, the water and oats. Sprinkle over hot bars. Bake 5 minutes more.

  • Cool completely on wire rack. If desired, use parchment paper to lift bars out of pan. Place on a cutting board to cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; fat 13g; cholesterol 41mg; saturated fat 6g; carbohydrates 33g; mono fat 5g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 23g; protein 2g; vitamin a 339.3IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.7mg; folate 24.2mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 158mg; potassium 70mg; calcium 16mg; iron 0.8mg.