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Apple Squares

February 4, 2014Teresa

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!

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Apple Squares are delicious for dessert or breakfast!

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This close up shows the apples and pecans in the recipe. This bar has a lot of crunch from the nuts and apples.

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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.

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Mix brown sugar, butter, egg, sour cream, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla.

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Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods), apples and pecans or walnuts.

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Stir to combine.

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Spray 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Smooth apple mixture into prepared dish.

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Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Cool Apple Squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Cut into bars to serve.

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These taste great with vanilla ice cream on top, as well.

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Don’t Apple Squares look marvelous? We really enjoyed this fruity dessert.

Here’s the recipe.

APPLE SQUARES

(Recipe adapted from a Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner)

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Tasty dessert recipe with apples, sour cream and pecans. The squares are great sprinkled with powdered sugar and then dolloped with vanilla ice cream to serve. These scrumptious treats are delightful for tailgating parties, potlucks, family reunions, backyard barbecues or fall baking.
Apple Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #recipe is just in time for #fall harvest! These #AppleSquares just seem to melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful #dessert for any occasion & not difficult to make. #tailgating #FallBaking #apples #Cookies #brownies #baking #HolidayBaking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Apple Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #recipe is just in time for #fall harvest! These #AppleSquares just seem to melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful #dessert for any occasion & not difficult to make. #tailgating #FallBaking #apples #Cookies #brownies #baking #HolidayBaking
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, Mix the brown sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour, apples and nuts.
  4. Spray a 9x13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Pour apple filling into dish.
  6. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Cool before cutting.
  8. Best if you let wait 24 hours before cutting.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before cutting. Store loosely covered.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: The original recipe calls for the recipe to be made this way: Combine flour, brown sugar and butter and blend at low speed until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in nuts. Place 2 ¾ cups of crumb mixture in bottom of a greased 9x13” baking dish. Press down firmly. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Spoon batter evenly over crumb base in dish. Bake as above. If using a 10x15” jelly roll pan, bake approximately 25-30 minutes. I have made this recipe both ways with great success.

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Apple Squares[/b]
 
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/sour-cream-apple-squares/5f9d43ed-4519-44a3-9cc7-a21c66487b2f” target=”_blank” title=”apple squares”]Pillsbury[/url] Bake-Off Winner
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
Tasty dessert recipe with apples, sour cream and pecans. This recipe is great sprinkled with powdered sugar and then add a dollop of vanilla ice cream to serve.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, Mix the brown sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour, apples and nuts.
  4. Spray a 9×13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Pour apple filling into dish.
  6. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Cool before cutting.
  8. Best if you let wait 24 hours before cutting.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before cutting. Store loosely covered.
 
Notes
The original recipe calls for the recipe to be made this way: Combine flour, brown sugar and butter and blend at low speed until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in nuts. Place 2 ¾ cups of crumb mixture in bottom of a greased 9×13” baking dish. Press down firmly. Add remaining ingredients to the rest of the crumb mixture and stir to combine. Spoon batter evenly over crumb base in dish. Bake as above. If using a 10×15” jelly roll pan, bake approximately 25-30 minutes. I have made this recipe both ways with great success.
Apple Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #recipe is just in time for #fall harvest! These #AppleSquares just seem to melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful #dessert for any occasion & not difficult to make. #tailgating #FallBaking #apples #Cookies #brownies #baking #HolidayBaking

If you like fruit-filled desserts you will love this lovely apple dessert.

Apple Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #recipe is just in time for #fall harvest! These #AppleSquares just seem to melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful #dessert for any occasion & not difficult to make. #tailgating #FallBaking #apples #Cookies #brownies #baking #HolidayBaking

This is a great way to use up extra apples. Don’t forget to try these for breakfast! 

Apple Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #recipe is just in time for #fall harvest! These #AppleSquares just seem to melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful #dessert for any occasion & not difficult to make. #tailgating #FallBaking #apples #Cookies #brownies #baking #HolidayBaking

Apple Squares have a very deep flavor and actually improve in taste in a day or so.

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Print Recipe
Apple Squares BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Tasty dessert recipe with apples, sour cream and pecans. The squares are great sprinkled with powdered sugar and then dolloped with vanilla ice cream to serve. These scrumptious treats are delightful for tailgating parties, potlucks, family reunions, backyard barbecues or fall baking.
Apple Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #recipe is just in time for #fall harvest! These #AppleSquares just seem to melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful #dessert for any occasion & not difficult to make. #tailgating #FallBaking #apples #Cookies #brownies #baking #HolidayBaking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Apple Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this delightful #recipe is just in time for #fall harvest! These #AppleSquares just seem to melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful #dessert for any occasion & not difficult to make. #tailgating #FallBaking #apples #Cookies #brownies #baking #HolidayBaking
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, Mix the brown sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour, apples and nuts.
  4. Spray a 9x13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Pour apple filling into dish.
  6. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Cool before cutting.
  8. Best if you let wait 24 hours before cutting.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before cutting. Store loosely covered.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: The original recipe calls for the recipe to be made this way: Combine flour, brown sugar and butter and blend at low speed until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in nuts. Place 2 ¾ cups of crumb mixture in bottom of a greased 9x13” baking dish. Press down firmly. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Spoon batter evenly over crumb base in dish. Bake as above. If using a 10x15” jelly roll pan, bake approximately 25-30 minutes. I have made this recipe both ways with great success.

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

4 Comments

  • becky

    November 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    can I use apple pie filling

    1. Teresa

      November 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      I’ve never used apple pie filling in this recipe, Becky, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t work. Remember that in pie filling the apples are sliced rather than diced. It will make really large chunks for the dessert (unless you dice them before adding), but if you like chunky that shouldn’t be any problem. If it was me, I would give apple pie filling a try. I bet it turns out fantastic. Please let me know how it works with apple pie filling and I may try it that way myself next time!

  • Jenn @ Cakes Cookies and Pie Oh My

    February 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I recently made this recipe and it turned out great. I’m not a fan of nuts so I left them out, awesome recipe!

    1. Teresa

      February 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I’m so glad they turned out for you. We sure have enjoyed them through the years. Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog!

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