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Apple Streusel Squares

Author/Submitted by: Good Housekeeping
Servings: 16
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

2  cups  flour
1/4  cup  sugar
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1/2  cup  butter, plus 3 tablespoons
2  pounds  apple slices, peeled, use Gala/Delicious
1/2  cup  raisins
1/2  cup  brown sugar, packed
1/2  teaspoon  cinnamon
1  tablespoon  cornstarch
2  tablespoons  lemon juice
3/4  cup  flour
3/4  cup  pecans, chopped
1/3  cup  brown sugar, packed
6  tablespoons  butter, lightly softened
2  teaspoons  vanilla
3/4  teaspoon  cinnamon

Peel, core and slice apples thinly. Use a food processor to slice apples, since this makes the job easier. 1/2-inch slices should be about right. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease sides of 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Prepare Streusel Topping: In medium bowl, mix flour, pecans, brown sugar, slightly softened butter, vanilla and cinnamon until mixture comes together. Shape into a ball. Prepare crust: Into large bowl, measure flour, sugar and salt. Cut in 1/2 cup cold butter into small bits. With fingertips, blend butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press evenly into bottom of baking pan. Bake crust 15 to 20 minutes our until golden. Crust may crack slightly but don't worry. Place apple slices in 10-inch skillet. Add raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and 3 tablespoons butter. Cook 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender. In cup, mix cornstarch and lemon juice. Stir lemon juice mixture into apple slice mixture and cook until thickened. This should happen quickly. Remove from heat. Spoon apple mixture over crust. Break Streusel Topping into chunks and scatter over apple mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until streusel is browned. Cook completely, in pan, placed on wire rack. When cold cut into 16 pieces and serve. Serves 16. 284 calories per bar, according to MasterCook.

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