Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Harvest Apple Squares

At a recent ladies club social in my neighborhood these Harvest Apple Squares were served. They were delicious and the woman who made them emailed the recipe out.

Considering I still have a lot of apples from our trip to NC left over I went ahead a made them tonight. It took about 20 minutes from start to finish. They are baking now and my house smells divine. I LOVE fall.

Here's the recipe:

Harvest Apple Squares
Makes: 32 bars

2 cups flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2 tbs milk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups chopped apples

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, brown sugar, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and the cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry blender or two knives (using knives will take forever) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts. Reserve 2 cups of the crumb mixture for topping. Spread remaining crumb mixture firmly onto the bottom of 13x9 inch baking pan.

BEAT cream cheese and milk with electric mixer of medium speed until well blended. Add remaining 1/4 granulated sugar, the egg and vanilla. Mix well. Pour over crust. Top with apples; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

BAKE 30 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into 32 bars to serve. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

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