Apple Squares

So I tried out a new “Fall” recipe! It’s called Apple Squares, and I originally snagged it from “jcost88” over at Book Cooking. I decided to make a gluten-free version of it – but you can make it either way. Check it out…


Apple Squares

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour (I used a gluten-free baking mix instead)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 inch pan. (I don’t have a 9X9, but I have an 8X9, so that’s what I used!)


Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside. (Like I said, I used gluten-free stuff instead of flour.)



In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth.



Stir in the egg and vanilla.



Blend in the flour mixture until just combined…



…then stir in the apples and walnuts.



Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.


In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars. ( didn’t follow this step, because the mixture was already tasting VERY sweet to me, and I thought more sugar might be overkill!)

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched.


Cool in the pan…


…and cut into squares.


These tasted amazing! However, I would NOT substitute the gluten-free ingredients again on this one. The taste was great, but the consistency was FAR too crunchy! Next time I make them I will definitely use the regular all-purpose flour called for!

This proves my point that some things can work beautifully by substituting gluten-free ingredients, and others can NOT work at all!

Whatcha think? Plans to try this recipe for yourself?

51 thoughts on “Apple Squares

  1. Love your step by step photoes during the mixing process. And the finished product looks amazing. Well done with your remarkable effort. I’ve just made granola from another blogger’s recipe. I jjust leave out what I don’t have and adjust measurements accordingly. It turned out wonderful. But that’t a good tip about the flour.

  2. I have heard the ups and down of trying to cook gluten-free too. I think with the more attempts and exposure such baking is getting, there will be more thumbs up than down, sooner rather than later. 🙂

    • Yes, this particular mix came from Aldi, but I’ve used multiple others (Bob’s Red Mill is one of my favorite brands) too! It does taste good – I just watch for the sugar count. Lots of gluten-free things tend to have more sugar in them, unfortunately 🙁

  3. I’ve never heard of apple squares, they look delicious. The dough of it looks good enough to eat without baking. I would eat it too if it didn’t have eggs in it. That’s weird it was crunchy because of the gluten free mix. I wonder if there’s another kind of gluten free stuff you could use that would work out better. If you make them with flour then you can’t eat them, and where’s the fun in that? What about coconut flour? I’ve made some yummy stuff with it. I’m sure you’d have to figure out some crazy combination to make it work or something. I might ask my friend what she does, all of her kids are mega allergic to gluten (and it seems every food product on this earth) so she might have some good ideas for baking substitutes.

    • Yeah, I may or may not have eaten some of the dough… 🙂 I will continue to experiment with different gluten-free ingredients, of course. But since this one wasn’t my preference as far as turn-out, I had to share that, too! 🙂 Coconut flour – I REALLY need to get some of that!

  4. Thanks for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday! This looks so good! And I love your dish! My mom has that same print! She registered for them when she and my dad got married! 🙂

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