Simple Apple Squares

Simple Apple Squares are so moist and addictive, it's a good thing they're easy to make again and again.

Now like I told my email subscribers, I'm NOT playin' that low cal-low fat song & dance here. HOWEVER, I'm NOT interested in my butt getting any bigger either.  So, I like recipes that are reasonable, simple in ingredients and fairly easy to bring together. If you want to go off and slim'em down, GO FOR IT.  Then, share it with the rest of us how you did it. Please add your changes in the comment boxes provided, so others can follow suit. If you love the recipe how it is, then let others know that.

Ok, let's bake these Simple Apple Squares.


  • 3 large apples, peeled & diced (I had an assortment of red apples on hand.)
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups flour (I used 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 all purpose flour)
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or natural applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees.

Prep the apples and pecans, set aside. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt together. Make a well, pour in eggs, oil, and vanilla. STIR BY HAND. The batter becomes very thick. Fold in the apples and pecans until well mixed. Pour into a well greased pan. There's enough batter to fill one 9 x 13 inch pan.

Just so you know: I didn't have my 9x13 available so I filled one 8 x 8 inch pan and one 4 x 8 inch loaf pan. I imagined them to equal my 9x13 pan and made sure the batter was the same depth in both pans. It worked out just fine.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before removing from pan.

Divide up and serve, 1/2 for yourself, 1/2 for everyone else... teeheehee

Don't you wish this was a scratch and sniff food blog?

If you get tempted to eat these hot, I'll tell ya right now, it won't be the same as when you eat them cooled down. They become really moist after the first hour. Then, they are really, really moist after the third hour. You know how banana bread gets moist and yummy after day two? That's how this acts after the third hour. I'm not kidding!

Ok, go make a batch and report back here. I'll be waiting for you.

  • Jennifer

    I made your Simple Apple Squares this weekend and have to say wow! My husband was giving me unsolicited complements with almost every bite and has already requested a second batch. I used Granny Smith apples, real eggs instead of substitute and applesauce instead of oil in a 8″ x 11″ pan. Totally yummy! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Oh Jennifer, I’m so glad to hear it! You know, I’m off that egg substitute trend and back to organic, true free range eggs. Eggs from happy chickens taste SO much better than anything else. That rich orange yolk from a chicken who only eats fresh grass & insects, produces an amazing flavor that comes through in baking, especially in pancakes & waffles. Oh and quiche! Have you ever seen a golden quiche? Most excellent.

      • I have been making apple squares for more than 30 years!! The recipes are pretty much all the same and all delicious! This time I added dried cranberries! No need to add additional milk as the batter is fine after it’s cooked. I also used free range eggs with added Omega 3.. Outstanding!

  • Harley Alaniz

    I made this the other night. It was a HUGE hit. Very moist and without any butter this recipe is fantastic. I will be making this a regular dessert.

    • YEAH!!! Isn’t it wonderful, Harley, to find a those HUGE hits?
      These Simple Apple Squares are delicious. I have another winner, Simple Banana Nut Bars that my family & friends enjoy eating. It’s like eating Banana Bread but more with a cake like texture.

      Thank you, Harley, for sharing your cooking success.

  • elaine

    i made these and added 1/4 cup milk just to add extra moisture and also 1 cup oats and choco chips on the top!

    yummy! thanks for the recipe:D

  • Victoria

    I made this and added the 1/4 cup of milk and used walnuts, I didn’t have any pecans. It turned out great! It’s baking for the second time this month right now : )

  • Irene

    Simply great… Like u said, I divided 1/2 for me and 1/2 for everyone else. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Shana

    Yumm!! Everyone loved these. I used Gala apples and the bars turned out great. I’ve already got requests to make another batch. And you’re not kidding when you say the batter gets VERY thick. I mixed mine not just by hand but with my hands! It was more like a dough.
    I wonder if it would be good with peaches instead of apples?

  • Kat

    What a great snack to take to a party. They were a big hit! I found while making them that the dough is indeed very thick. Once I put the apples in I let it all sit for about 5 min. By doing that it thinned out the dough some and was easier to spread into the pan. I took the whole pan with me to the party and they all went. I was told by one of the 12 year olds that “THEY WERE THE BOMB” and everyone wanted the recipe. The smell of them cooking was so wonderful. What a great way to smell the house up on a fall day. I will definitely make these again.

  • Michele Rose

    I made these for a potlluck I went to (as well as the lemon oat bars, which were to die for) and they were great! We had a few apple squares left over and boy are they good and moist the next day too. Yum!!! I’ll be making this agian. Thank you so much!

  • Charley

    Very tasty but next time I will make some substitutions. Firstly, I would not use oil as it seemed to make the squares very oily, so I will try the apple sauce and secondly, I will have to adjust the baking time as the recommended forty minutes was insufficient.

    Thank you for the recipe though, with some tweeking it will be fabulous. Also, I should mention that it tasted much better just out of the oven, with its nice crunchy top. Reheating in the toaster oven gave it a similar texture.

  • Beverley

    can these apple squares be frozen

    • To be honest, I’ve never tried to freeze them, Beverly. I don’t know. Care to freeze a few back and let us know? ;D

  • baker in Las Cruces, NM

    baked, tried, copied the recipe and filed it under ‘keepers” Thanks for the great idea!