Spiced Pear-Oat Bars

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So it’s definitely fall, and to me that means desserts full of spices, oatmeal, and fruit. These bars have all of those things– the finely-diced pears form little pockets of sweetness, the walnuts give some crunch, and the oats and cinnamon provide a nice, warm background for everything. They’re more breakfast-y than dessert-y, in my opinion, mostly due to the oatmeal, but that doesn’t make them bad. I’d classify them as a good fall snack, though they fall apart a little too easily for just carrying around and munching. They’d be fabulous with a nice cup of hot apple cider… I may try that myself tonight!

Spiced Pear-Oat Bars (adapted from Bon Apetit)

Topping

  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tbs. chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½” pieces
1. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in butter until moist crumbs form and no dry flour remains. Cover and chill.
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Bars

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1¾ cups (packed) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups ¼” cubes cored peeled firm pears (such as Bosc or Bartlett; about 2 large)
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13×9” baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside.

2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until deep golden brown, and dark brown bits form at the bottom of pan (do not burn), 7–8 minutes. Pour into a medium bowl; let brown butter cool slightly.

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3. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.

4. Whisk brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in another large bowl until mixture is smooth.

5. Slowly stream brown butter into brown sugar mixture, whisking constantly; whisk until well blended. This may take a while, but it’ll come together.

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6. Add pears and walnuts to dry ingredients; toss to coat. Stir in the brown sugar mixture (batter will be very thick) and scrape into prepared pan.

7. Top with chilled crumble topping.

8. Bake approximately 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Let cool completely in pan before slicing.

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