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Apple Walnut Squares

 Apple Walnut Squares
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
12-16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • 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.
  • Spread batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine brown
  • sugar, walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla; sprinkle over batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Cut
  • into squares. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 235 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 199 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.