Apple Walnut Squares Recipe
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Apple Walnut Squares Recipe

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I MAKE "apple everything" in fall when the new crop is in, and I was happy to add this delicious recipe to my apple dishes. A lady at church shared it with me. Sometimes I'll top the squares with a cream cheese frosting, especially if I'm having company. -Leona Pecoraro, Ravenden, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 235 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar; beat in egg. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be stiff). Stir in apples.
  2. Spread batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla; sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Cut into squares. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Apple Walnut Squares in Reminisce September/October 1998, p45

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"I can't stop making these they r delicious!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"Excellent, easy to follow and turned out great ! The family, friends,& neighbors told me it was a keeper!"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"Delicious. You can cut down on sugar/calories. I cut the sugar down to less than 1/2 cup, and I used a very scant 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed). It turned out excellent. I will make this again. Thanks for such a good recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I found this recipe easy to follow and can share with any level baker I know. The taste was amazing. My husband who does not like most sweets love it and ask for second!! I love that i can substitute with another fruit. This will def be my go to recipe in the fall. The smell of the square cooking, filled the house. and everyone in my house was saying "what the great smell""

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"<p>Love this recipe easy to follow , I am def interested in add the blueberries, let you know how that goes. My husband who does not like most sweets, found this amazing and asked for second. The house smelled so great while I was cooking it. Def will make this one a go to recipe. I love that I will be able to change the fruit ..</p>"

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