Apple Danish Recipe
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Apple Danish Recipe

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A friend gave me this recipe that makes good use of our bountiful apple harvest. It's a delightful addition to breakfast or brunch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:20-24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20-24 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 cups sliced peeled apples
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 230 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine egg yolk and milk; add to flour mixture. Stir just until dough clings together. Divide dough in half.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle; transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, toss together filling ingredients; spoon over pastry in pan. Roll out remaining dough into another 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Place over filling. Brush with egg white. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and enough water to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm pastry. Cut into squares. Serve warm or cold. Yield: 20-24 servings.
Originally published as Apple Danish Bars in Country August/September 1993, p47

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lori.rodriguez78 User ID: 8942287 254680
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"Everyone loves this recipe. Perfect to make after apple picking!"

Logicaltrekkie User ID: 8820775 246310
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"This was delicious.The pastry was very flaky.I suggest using slightly tart apples to enhance flavor."

MissKarla User ID: 271602 238894
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"Definitely recommend this recipe. I have tried many apple danish recipes that include corn flakes on the bottom of the crust but prefer this recipe. I don't add the glaze as I think it is sweet enough. Enjoy"

Diana Evans User ID: 1337458 235051
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"After making this many times, I have decided that cutting the sugar by 1/2 cup and increasing the apples to 8 cups works for our family. I don't care what the name of it is, it disappears every time I make it. If you had 6 stars I would give it that. 5 stars"

signick User ID: 8530044 232484
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"Rating this recipe five stars, not as a "danish" recipe though. The dough wasn't soft as a danish is supposed to be. The dough baked like a pie crust. The filling is very similar to an Apple Danish though, or fritter. The taste is great, and not difficult to make. As another reviewer posted, they should be Apple Squares, not Danish."

Mattbrooke User ID: 8443565 229223
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"Absolutely yummo, this is going to be my go to apple dessert or slice from now on. All I need is a way to incorporate some custard into this apple Danish slice."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 226306
Reviewed May. 13, 2015

"This recipe is a long-time family favorite! I like to use 1/2 c. butter and 1/2 c. shortening in the crust."

smartmomssavemoney User ID: 4831133 21429
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"Tried this recipe today it came out great! I used a smaller pan to cook it in, I used a 13X5 casserole dish. I also used butter in place of the shorting. I ended up having to cook it about 15 to 20 minutes longer also. Great recipe, thank you for sharing!"

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 13536
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I made this for a community event this afternoon - great! Before I started, I wondered how I would do rolling out such a large crust, but had no problem. I might have patched a bit on one side but it still looked good. Six cups of apples were just the right amount. Instead of the 2 Tbsp. of flour, I used 3 Tbsp. of Pie Enhancer (by King Arthur Flour) to ensure my filling would be set perfectly. The glaze on top was a nice touch. Only one thing - I don't think 'Apple Danish' is the correct name for this. How about 'Apple Pie Squares'? Seems like a better description of the dish to me. Anyway, definitely baking this again!"

beksand User ID: 2556544 40517
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"I make this all the time! it is perfect as is. It is always a huge hit!!!"

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