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Apple Harvest Squares

This recipe is more than 75 years old. Mom made it often, since it was Dad's favorite. We have so many wonderful apple orchards in Rhode Island, and I really enjoy taking my grandsons out to pick our own. —Maxine Hearney, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    about 20 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups sliced peeled apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1-1/3 cups sweetened shedded coconut


  • In a bowl, combine flour, salt and 1/3 cup sugar. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs; press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Arrange the apple slices on top of crumbs; sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine 1/3 cup sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle over apples. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining sugar with the rest of the ingredients. Spoon over baked apples; bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares while still warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 195 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Meghann
    Oct 7, 2019

    I substituted brown sugar for the white sugar, added 2/3 c of rolled oats (1/3 to the crust, the other with the coconut topping), then substituted applesauce for the evaporated milk, and it turned out wonderfully! I will definitely be making this often, especially in the fall!

  • manga
    Nov 25, 2018

    The squares had a good taste but they didn't stay firm when picked up. I had to cut them in small squares. Also, I gave it three stars because what do you do with almost a full can of evaporated milk, when this recipe only calls for 1/3 cup?

  • shannondobos
    Oct 3, 2016

    These squares were delicious! They stayed together well and are even better after sitting for a day. I think they would be perfect if you subbed brown sugar for the white sugar in the coconut/milk/nut mixture.

  • maritab
    Apr 27, 2013

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    Feb 23, 2012

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    Sep 29, 2011

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  • raceywlf
    Jun 9, 2011

    turned out really delicious, added 1 cup more apples, and sprinkled with a little nutmeg, to give it that little something, for the topping I added 1/3c. nuts, what I really liked, the slices stayed nice and firm even the next day, will definitely make it again. thanks for a great recipe!

  • Grammacarrot
    Nov 23, 2010

    I have used this recipe for about 17 years. I got it from an elderly friend who was a wonderful cook and had a fantastic collection of family recipes. She shared many of them with me and this one has become a family favorite.

  • FriedaG
    Aug 25, 2008

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