Rosanne’s Apple Pie Squares

Yes, I know this isn’t a food blog, but I do have a really awesome apple recipe to share with you today.  You see, I grew up in the Apple Capital of Minnesota, so I just happen to know the world’s greatest apple pie square recipe from a family friend of mine, Rosanne. 

She’s been working in the apple industry for over 30 years and knows pretty much everything there is to know about baking with apples, and everything else about apples for that matter.

One of the things I’ve learned is that the variety of apple is the thing that counts.  For this recipe I used Wealthy apples.  Now I’m not sure what kind of varieties grow in your area, but it never hurts to take a drive out to an orchard, or ask your grocer what’s the best for making pies.  There are over 2,500 varieties just in the US, just at my local orchard there are over 30! 
Enough with my rambling and on with the recipe…

Snowy Glazed Apple Pie Squares

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup shortening
8 medium size tart apples (pared and sliced) or about 5 cups
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs separated
1 1/2 cups corn flakes (crushed)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Combine flour and salt in bowl.  Cut in shortening.  Beat egg yolks and add enough milk to make 2/3 cup.  Add to mixture; toss lightly.  Divide dough in half, roll one portion to fit a 9″ x 13″ pan.  Sprinkle with corn flakes.  Spread apples over flakes.  Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.  Roll out remaining dough.  Place on top. Seal edges.  Beat egg whites until foamy.  Spread on crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Cool slightly.  Spread with glaze.
Combine 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons water (or milk), and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

I just have to note that even if you don’t think you’re very good at making pie crusts, give this one a try, trust me, it doesn’t have to look perfect.

And here’s a list of my favorite varieties of apples: Fireside, Regent, Cortland, Haralson, and Honeygold.


31 thoughts on “Rosanne’s Apple Pie Squares

  1. synnove75 says:

    This sounds sooo yummy! I just have one question: Is it possible to use margarine instead of shortening? Her in Norway we don’t have shortening at all…
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  2. This is going in my recipe collection! Maybe a new favorite for Thanksgiving?

  3. Karin van D. says:

    It looks delicious. Great pics too

  4. Vanessa says:

    Now this is too funny! We’re going apple picking today after C gets done with school. These look so yummy! I’ll have to make them tomorrow.

  5. Leslie says:

    this looks so amazing…i need to mentally note this one so that i can make it next time we need an apple pie fix.

  6. Amy says:

    Oh gosh…off to peel apples!

  7. Mama Pea says:

    I love your binder pouch tutorial on Sew Mama Sew today! Okay with you if I place a link to it on my blog and use the photo (giving credit to you, of course)? Thanks!

  8. Ana Luisa says:

    This sounds interesting, will certainly give it a try! I will use Gala apples, because they’re the only decent kind I can get here, the other available kind are too mushy.
    I , personally, would use either butter or margarine (I don’t care for veg. shortening),and perhaps decrease the amount of sugar.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Emily says:

    What perfect timing! I just got a bunch of apples from a friend. This recipe looks amazing! I’ll have to pick up some corn flakes. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Rhonda says:

    Mmmmm… those look delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. hilltopmom says:

    Thanks for the recipe. Those look so yummy.

  12. Marisa says:

    Yum! But, cornflakes? What is their purpose? They can’t stay crunchy…

  13. yummie! Appel Pie is always good!

  14. Alison says:

    Hmm. That looks fabulously yummy. Thankyou. Regards, Alison

  15. This is just an unfair post for a nursing mama to read!
    I have the craziest sweet tooth right now and this may have put me over the top~

    um, what I am trying to say is- thank you (and I so mean that!) these look amazing.

  16. Sarah R says:

    A little shoutout to the Apple Capital — YEAH!

    Those look good. I wish I could cook/bake!

  17. MariaH says:

    Can this be made ahead of time and frozen before being baked?

  18. Maxabella says:

    OMG, so making these… Do you think it would freeze AFTER being baked? x

  19. Delia says:

    Oh yum Anna! The pictures are beautiful too!

  20. We can sew all we like but we still have to eat!! We have two apple trees in out little garden and I am always on the lookout for more interesting things to do with them, so thank you for this. Even better my daughter has really got into baking so will make them for me 😉

  21. oooh…that looks DELICIOUS!!!
    Will definitley be making it soon 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe Anna!

  22. erica says:

    Oh my word! That looks amazing, I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. Mary says:

    Thanks! I may just have to give this a try!

  24. Kari says:

    Oh my goodness. Those look delicious. This pregnant girl could practically eat the monitor right now. I’ll be getting some apples on my next trip to the store…

  25. Jeannie says:

    That looks awesome!

  26. Nicole says:

    those look incredibly delicious… especially at 12 midnight!

  27. Susan says:

    My oh my – those looks so incredible! Wish I could whip those up for breakfast!

  28. BubzRugz says:

    Looks and sounds fantastic – one to add to my collection for sure! Thanks.

  29. Anna says:

    okay, here’s the scoop I got. You can freeze the bars ahead of time up to about a month (but remember to keep tightly wrapped), take out of freezer about 45 minutes before baking. And I think it would be okay to freeze after baking (since it’s somewhat similar to an apple pie).

  30. Aimee says:

    These look divine! I featured your recipe here. YUM!

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