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Sweet Cinnamon Apple Squares

These sweet cinnamon sugar apple squares are absolutely delicious. They are so easy to make and your family will be begging for more! Perfect for a chilly fall afternoon with a nice hot cup of tea. Keep reading to see how simple it is to throw together these apple squares.

Apple Squares

There are so many different types of apple square recipes out there, for these specific apple squares they are more of a cake-like consistency with an amazingly sweet and nutty apple cinnamon topping.

If you are tired of the same ‘ol same ‘ol apple recipes you should most definitely try this apple square recipe! I know for me personally I can only make so many apple pies, crisps, and cobblers, so this recipe takes the cake! (No pun intended). The cake part of these apple squares is really what drives this recipe home making it perfect for dessert as well as a quick breakfast on your way out or with a nice cup of coffee.

Don’t get me wrong I love the tried and true classic apple dessert recipes, if your looking for other apple recipes make sure to check out these other apple recipes!

This is why I love apples and always pick up a few when I am at my local grocery store, they are just so versatile and work with so many different recipes and meals, as well as just an amazing snack!

What’s The Best Apple To Use For Baking?

So, you might be thinking to yourself, what’s the best apple to use for baking? Personally, I believe that the Honeycrisp Apple and Granny Smith Apple are the best for baking. These two apples have two very different flavor profiles, Honeycrisp has a sweeter more juicy bite as where the granny smith has more of a sweet yet tart bite to them, when baking the honey crisp tends to get more of a softer texture and the granny smith seems to say a bit more firm, not hard but tends to keep its shape a bit better.

So all in all I believe that Honeycrisp apples and Granny Smith apples are the best for baking depending on your personal taste. But I also say use what you have on hand!

How To Make Apple Squares – Step By Step

  • The first thing we are going to want to do is to preheat our oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Next, wash, peel, core, and chop your apples into small diced pieces, make them as uniform as possible that way we ensure an even baking time.
  • Take your apples and toss them into a mixing bowl, add in your brown sugar and cinnamon, give them a stir that each apple is generously coated in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Apples coated in cinnamon sugar
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  • Next, we are going to want to mix together our wet ingredients which are granulated sugar, eggs, melted butter, oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the mixture is nice and smooth.
Wet ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • In the same mixing bowl as the wet ingredients add in the dry ingredients which include the flour and the baking powder. Whisk the mixture until it is well combined but do not over mix or this will make a very dense cake. Set to the side.
Batter completely mixed together.
  • Grease a 9×9 baking pan with either baking spray or butter.
  • Pour half of your batter into your prepared baking dish, smooth it out, then take half of your cinnamon apples and put them in an even layer on top of the batter.
First layer of batter and cinnamon apples.
  • Pour the remaining batter on top of the cinnamon-sugar apples, then top with the rest of the cinnamon-sugar apples in another even layer.
The final layer of batter and apples in the baking dish ready to go into the oven.
  • Place on the middle rack of your oven and let it bake for either 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • At the 45 minute mark I would suggest taking a butter knife and sticking it in the middle of the apple squares to see if it has finished baking, you will know these are done once your knife comes out clean with no batter stuck to it.
  • Once your apple squares are finished baking, let them cool in the baking dish, once they are cool to the touch cut them out into squares and sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on top to give them a heavenly look.
  • Enjoy! You deserve it!
Finished apple squares with powdered sugar on top.
Cinnamon Apple Squares

Sweet Cinnamon Apple Squares

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Sweet delectable cinnamon apple squares are perfect for a chilly fall afternoon using granny smith apples, cinnamon sugar, and a delicious vanilla cake base, everyone will be asking for this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
  • 1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 

Instructions

    1. The first thing we are going to want to do is to preheat our oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Next, wash, peel, core, and chop your apples into small diced pieces, make them as uniform as possible that way we ensure an even baking time.
    3. Take your apples and toss them into a mixing bowl, add in your brown sugar and cinnamon, give them a stir that each apple is generously coated in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
    4. Next, we are going to want to mix together our wet ingredients which are granulated sugar, eggs, melted butter, oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the mixture is nice and smooth.
    5. In the same mixing bowl as the wet ingredients add in the dry ingredients which include the flour and the baking powder. Whisk the mixture until it is well combined but do not over mix or this will make a very dense cake. Set to the side.
    6. Grease a 9x9 baking pan with either baking spray or butter.
    7. Pour half of your batter into your prepared baking dish, smooth it out, then take half of your cinnamon apples and put them in an even layer on top of the batter.
    8. Pour the remaining batter on top of the cinnamon-sugar apples, then top with the rest of the cinnamon-sugar apples in another even layer.
    9. Place on the middle rack of your oven and let it bake for either 45 minutes to 1 hour.
    10. At the 45 minute mark I would suggest taking a butter knife and sticking it in the middle of the apple squares to see if it has finished baking, you will know these are done once your knife comes out clean with no batter stuck to it.
    11. Once your apple squares are finished baking, let them cool in the baking dish, once they are cool to the touch cut them out into squares and sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on top to give them a heavenly look.
    12. Enjoy! You deserve it!

Notes

  • For this recipe, I used granny smith apples but you could also use honey crisp!

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