sour cream apple squares

Dear friends,

It’s a wet day here.  And oh, so wonderful…fall is in the air and it smells of rain, leaves, and the spice of dark yellow goldenrod.  I caught a leaf in my hands as it fell today, and Seth spent the rest of our walk trying to catch one of his own.  We picked some up from the ground, too; red, orange, yellow.  The oak trees are dropping dark, nutty acorns.  We collected some of those, too

Inside the house, all is quiet but the humming of the dishwasher and the clacking of my fingers on the keyboard.  The children are tucked into bed for naptime and my coffee is hot and steaming in a shamrock green fiesta mug, perfectly flavored with sugar and cream.  I wish I had a big piece of something sweet beside me, too, but alas the apple squares are gone.  I made them this weekend and they were a big hit for the family, so I thought I would share the recipe here.


2 cups flour
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 cups apples, cored, peeled and chopped

Combine flour, sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl; blend with an electric mixer on low speed until crumbly.  Stir in nuts; press 2 3/4 cups of mixture into an ungreased 13 by 9 inch baking pan.  Add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla and egg to remaining flour mixture; fold in apples.  Spread evenly over pressed mixture; bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes.  Makes 15-18 servings. 

recipe source: Flavors of Fall Gooseberry Patch cookbook, page 42

The bottom crust is like a cookie and the top bakes into a soft, almost creamy cake with bits of juicy apple, hints of cinnamon, and vanilla.

The family just hacked away at them all throughout Saturday afternoon, with reckless disregard for proper “squares”.  Some took it slivers at a time, others cut big wedges. 

They were delicious.  This is a recipe I’ll be using for years to come. 

“Since my girlhood I have felt

that there is an added flavor

found only in food

seasoned by the cook’s love of her art.”

~maude dickinson


19 thoughts on “sour cream apple squares

  1. We have had misty mornings…our nod to Fall, and the ocean temp is dropping. The sycamore trees are also changing. Other than that it is Indian summer and HOT.I enjoy the home atmosphere and eating with you virtually. Well, in person was more fun, but I enjoy eat post

  2. Those look delicious and as soon as my oven is fixed (crossing fingers and toes it’s just another day or two) I will make them! Yum! It’s been in the 90’s here. I am so ready for cool rainy days!

  3. Oh, that cake looks delicious!! drizzled with brown sugar icing yet šŸ™‚ Cold and rainy here too – baked yesterday just to take the chill off the damp air. You always make your home seem so inviting, cozy, and uplifting.What’s with the crazy ads here in your comments?? Hope you’re not getting hacked.

  4. Thanks for the recipe.  It looks great.  I have been buying honey crisp apples from a local farm and making yummy apple crisp over and over.  This will be a nice new way to use the apples.  Be blessed today!  Fall is in the air here in PA, too!  Now to go get another round of kids off to school. 

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