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Apple Squares

Apples growing in a tree

More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but this recipe just calls for one - your favorite. That's my take on this recipe from great- great- grandma Nellie's recipe collection. This sweet little recipe makes scrumptious apple bars that have a few of my favorite ingredients: brown sugar, apples, and chopped nuts. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

I've put an * by the items I can purchase at my Illinois farmers market.


  • 2 cups flour*

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon (for sprinkle at end)

  • 1/2 cup margarine

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup white sugar + 2 Tablespoons (for sprinkle at end)

  • 2 eggs*

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are great!)*

  • 1 cup apples (your favorite variety of apple)*


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

  • In a medium pot melt 1/2 cup margarine over low heat.

  • Remove pot from heat, and with a wooden spoon, beat in the brown sugar, 1 cup of white sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and then add the nuts and apples.

  • Add the flour mixture from the bowl to the warm mixture in the pot. Mix until smooth.

  • Pour into a 9x13 inch greased pan and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

  • Bake for about 30 minutes.

Natalie's Note: This is so yummy served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and/or a spoonful of whipped cream.

Serving size: 18 -24 servings depending on how big of a slice you cut and serve!

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