Apple-Pear Shortbread Crumble Bars

Ingredients

Crust:
2 boxes Pure Butter Shortbread Highlanders, crushed
1 box Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds, crushed
1-1/2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1/2 cup lightly salted butter, melted
2 teaspoons maple extract

Filling:
3 granny smith apples (peeled, cored & diced)
3 bartlett pears (peeled, cored & diced)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all spice

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
6 Pure Butter Stem Ginger Shortbread cookies, crushed
1/4 cup butter, cold
1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Vanilla Drizzle:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core and dice apples and pears. Place in bowl and mix with lemon juice, to prevent browning. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining filling ingredients and cover fruit with it. Let sit while crust is being prepared.

Place all the cookies and sugar for crust in a food processor. Process until crumbly. Remove from processor, place in bowl and add melted butter and maple extract. Mix well until it's evenly distributed.

Grease or spray a large rectangular casserole dish. Press crust evenly in the bottom with the back of a spoon. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove crust, let cool.

While crust is cooling, prepare crumble topping. Add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and cookies to processor. Process until crumbly. Place mixture in bowl with slices of butter, cubed. Using a pastry cutter or fork, press butter with mixture until the butter is small pieces thoroughly combined. Add quick oats and walnuts and mix.

Spread apple and pear mixture over prepared crust, then sprinkle crumble mixture on top. Bake 20 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool.

Prepare Vanilla Drizzle and lightly sprinkle over the top of the crumble mixture. Once done, refrigerate everything at least an hour, this will help to ensure it slices nicely. Cut into square bars, heating up if necessary.
Highlanders Shortbread
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Shortbread Rounds
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Stem Ginger Shortbread
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