Apple Squares are a wonderful cake-type cookie bar with pecans. They are quite wonderful to the taste buds and a dessert that fruit lovers will truly enjoy. The original recipe calls for a crust layer and then the apple layer on top. (That’s an excellent way to make this recipe). I decided to combine all the ingredients this time and bake them into a bar. I was short on time and needed to get them in the oven quickly.
I’ve actually made Apple Squares both ways in the past and I’m not sure which I like better. They’re both great ways to make and serve this scrumptious dessert. After baking, I sprinkle a dusting of confectioners’ sugar over top of the bars before serving. These lovely, elegant bars are an excellent choice for any kind of dessert option. I also like them for breakfast!
Years ago I found this recipe on the Internet when it was still in its very early days. The person who submitted it mentioned that it was a former Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner years ago. Apple Squares are good plain served with powdered sugar (like I’ve done). They can also be served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream as well. Either way is quite tasty.
If you’re looking for a tasty dessert and want to use up some apples and pecans this is a great recipe to try! I mixed all the ingredients together and baked them for these pictures. I also offer the instructions for making this a two-layer bar like the original directions note. These bars improve in taste after a day or so, so try not to gobble them all down right away!
Apple Squares are delicious for dessert or breakfast!
This close up shows the apples and pecans in the recipe. This bar has a lot of crunch from the nuts and apples.
Cinnamon adds a nice taste. These bars actually increase in flavor if they sit out a day. Sprinkle Apple Squares with powdered sugar before serving.
Here’s what I did.
Mix brown sugar, butter, egg, sour cream, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla.
Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods), apples and pecans or walnuts.
Stir to combine.
Spray 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Smooth apple mixture into prepared dish.
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool Apple Squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Cut into bars to serve.
These taste great with vanilla ice cream on top, as well.
Don’t Apple Squares look marvelous? We really enjoyed this fruity dessert.
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe adapted from a Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner)
- 2 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. kosher or sea salt
- 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 heaping cups apples, peeled and finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large bowl, Mix the brown sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Stir in flour, apples and nuts.
- Spray a 9×13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Pour apple filling into dish.
- Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.
- Cool before cutting.
- Best if you let wait 24 hours before cutting.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar before cutting. Store loosely covered.
If you like fruit-filled desserts you will love this lovely apple dessert.
This is a great way to use up extra apples. Don’t forget to try these for breakfast!
Apple Squares have a very deep flavor and actually improve in taste in a day or so.