Apple Pecan Bars
20 min
1 hr 25 min


Bar Ingredients

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 medium 3 cups apples, peeled, chopped

3/4 cup chopped pecans

Frosting Ingredients

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

4 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 to 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Fat Free Half & Half

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine 1 cup butter, sugar and brown sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining bar ingredients except apples and pecans. Beat until well mixed (mixture will be very thick). Stir in apples and pecans.

  3. STEP 3

    Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake 28-33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Melt 1/2 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring constantly and watching closely, 5-6 minutes or until butter just starts to turn golden. Remove from heat. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine browned butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Spread frosting over cooled bars.

Tip #1

Bars freeze well. Place between sheets of waxed paper in container with tight-fitting lid.


7Fat (mg)
25Cholesterol (mg)
130Sodium (mg)
26Carbohydrates (g)
3Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  March 30, 2016

This was easy, delicious and quick! It's always a big hit and everyone asks for the recipe. The Browned Butter Icing is amazing!!!! Those of you who are familiar with Tastykakes, the frosting tastes like the frosting on the Butterscotch Krimpets...YUMMY!!!!!

— says Patti Cake Bake
  October 10, 2014

I made it for my husbands' luncheon at his sportsmen club. They meet every Wed. They raved about them. I used frosting I had left in the refrigerator from a cake I had made. I preferred them without frosting too. It's just another one of the great recipe's I get from

— says Joanne
  October 22, 2013

Recipe is easy to make. I reduced nutmeg to 1/2 teaspoon per my personal liking. The bars turned out great...very light and moist. Great without any frosting!

— says Joyce, n ridgeville OH
  July 11, 2012

I am a diabetic, and with the 2 cups of both sugars, how come there isn't a "nutrition fact" on the sugar amount? Doesn't sound like it's a very good idea for diabetics. Let's put in the "whole nutrition information" please.

— says N.
  November 11, 2010

Don't add the frosting if you haven't a sweet tooth. We ate them while still warm (although they were harder to cut ) with a dollop of Whipped cream. Very tasty.

— says Mina T.
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