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Cinnamon Apple Squares are a delicious way to celebrate fall. With a hint of cinnamon, apple slices and a buttery lattice crust, this Apple Slab Pie also feeds a crowd!

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Cinnamon Apple Squares

Just days ago it was hot and humid as I headed out to my morning yoga practice…but there was definitely a nip in the air today. Armed with just my car keys, mat and towel, I had to buzz back inside for a jacket to warm my goose bump covered bare arms.

The days were growing shorter, a sure sign that autumn was on its way. To usher in the season, I always turn to apples and cinnamon…so I whipped up this delightful pan of cinnamon apple squares for a neighborhood ‘Fall Crawl.”

A slice of apple slab pie or apple squares on a white plate

Apple Slab Pie

This apple slab pie recipe will easily feed a crowd. And apples and cinnamon just happen to be the two assigned ingredients for this September’s Dessert Challenge, hosted by Sheryl of Lady Behind the Curtain. Thank goodness for hot yoga and my sweet friends who are willing to sample my goodies. Without that combination, I’d weigh a ton.

Cinnamon Apple Squares in a jelly roll pan

How to Make Apple Squares

This is an old recipe from my mom. I varied it today by making a lattice crust, but for years I topped it with a solid crust, like a large apple slab pie.

This dough with the shortening (I know, not my favorite ingredient either, but I’ll indulge on occasion) and egg yolks is a breeze to roll out. And it’s not too difficult to weave into a pretty crosshatch pattern.

Note that butter gives wonderful flavor to a pie crust. Shortening makes the dough easier to work with and make more defined edges.

Make sure to use good pie apples. I like a combination of apples for the best flavor. If you can buy local apples, ask the proprietors about their favorite pie apples.

PRO-Tip: In a pinch, I’ll often combine firm, tart Granny Smith apples with a few sweet, softer Golden Delicious apples.

I like to line up my apple slices in rows as it keeps the filling level. This makes it easier to weave the lattice topping. Remember, you can always make a solid top crust, but make sure to add a few slits so that the steam can release as it’s baking.

This apple slab pie is so much easier than baking up two apple pies. Plus you still get all the same delectable flavors. 

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A slice of apple slab pie or apple squares on a white plate

Cinnamon Apple Squares

Cinnamon Apple Squares – an autumnal dessert that will feed a crowd

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Pie
  • Method: Mixing, Rolling, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Milk, approximately 2/3 cup
  • 56 cups peeled, cored and sliced baking apples (Jonagold recommended)
  • 1 scant cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Hot water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor (or by hand), mix flour and salt. Add shortening and butter and pulse (or cut) till it crumbly.
  2. Whisk egg yolks in liquid measuring cup. Add milk up to the 2/3 cup mark. Pour into flour mixture and pulse until mixture comes together. Divide dough into two balls, wrap in plastic and refrigerate till cold, at least an hour.
  3. Make filling by mixing apple slices, sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  4. Preheat oven to 400º.
  5. Roll one ball of dough large enough to fit the bottom of a jellyroll pan. Arrange apples over dough. Roll out second ball of dough and cover apples. Pinch edges to seal. Whisk egg whites and brush over crust. Cut vents in several places.
  6. Alternatively, you can cut strips of dough out of the rolled dough and apply a lattice topping.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or till crust is brown and apples are tender.
  8. To make glaze, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and add hot water till you reach your desired consistency. Drizzle or brush over top crust.
  9. Serve warm or cold.

I’m in the process of moving my parents to Denver from Iowa this week. I’ll catch up with you all upon my return.

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37 comments on “Cinnamon Apple Squares”

  1. Lattice squares, so pretty Liz! Cinnamon… I just love it.

  2. I love that nip in the air Lizzy! And when it leads to warm apple desserts that’s even better. An older friend of mine used to specialize in this though her’s didn’t have the fancy lattice crust. I would always eat my weight in it 🙂 Yoga class, here I come!!

  3. How nice you do yoga…I need to get back into it. So jealous of your temps dropping. Oh, you know I love when you post your apple desserts. thinking of you these days, my friend. xx

  4. I love the variation of the lattice crust. It definitely looks enticing and yes, it’s a good thing for friends and yoga.

  5. Great looking dessert Lizzy. I love that it feeds a crowd. When the kids and grand kids are here we do have a crowd!

  6. Oh those are lovely squares and a lattice top always makes thing so pretty. We had a cold spell but now we are back in a humid heat wave.

  7. This has my mouth watering! I would so love to try these…the lattice top is lovely!!

  8. I love it! So pretty and not as messy as pie. This would be perfect for a party.

  9. Perfect little dessert from the dessert queen. The lattice is a piece of neat artwork. Really lovely.

  10. That is one beautiful pan of apple squares! It looks delicious and I love the golden brown of the pastry! Would be lovely if I could have a piece!

  11. Oh wow these are just stunning! 🙂 I have so many apples in my garden that need using up! Perfect1

  12. Your lattice topping is perfect, Liz! Very nicely done and a perfect dessert for autumn. It’s unseasonably hot in Toronto, and humid, but hopefully it’ll break this afternoon with a thunder storm. I’ve had a headache for three days since this high humidity crept into the city. I’ll take the heat without the humidity though, not ready for autumn!

  13. Looks like a great recipe. I don’t understand why I don’t get notification of your posts anymore. I will try subscribing again.

  14. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! Mom’s recipe’s are the best for sure. Now pass me a square of that loveliness! And a slice of aged cheddar cheese please (we always serve cheddar cheese with apple pie – do you?).

  15. Your apple squares look wonderful! Apples are the best part of fall baking, and you’ve given me a great recipe to start with.

  16. Hot yoga and apple tarts? Just like mom and apple pie? I’d be happy to try hot yoga if it meant I could get a slice of that. And really, if I can help while you are in Denver, feel free to get in touch.

  17. This is a gorgeous and impressive dessert, Liz! I don’t know how you’re still baking these masterpieces and getting your blog posts up with everything going on in your life. I’ve been thinking of you and your family!

  18. lOVE apples ! and these look mazing!!xxx

  19. I hope that nip in the air moves East. It was so super hot and humid today. I am ready for fall, leaves, and all things apple and pumpkin!

  20. Our temps are just now beginning to dip a tad below 90. Perhaps Ma Nature’s heated grip on the west is turning. Saw this dandy Apple Squares photo on G+…couldn’t click over fast enough. Love the hand-me-down and your handy lattice work on top. Liz it makes me feel all autumn-ish even in the warm afternoon sun. Cheers from NorCal!

  21. What a beautiful way to celebrate autumn and your mom’s baking, Liz <3

    Your apple squares are definitely going into my file for future party food!

  22. Recipes handed down within a family are always the best, ever. We’ve had some lovely warm weather but alas, it’s turned very cold again. I’m sitting all rugged up beside the heater with my beautiful pedicured toes now covered up in thick socks. xx

  23. These are just beautiful…love how pretty they look with the lattice top!

  24. Lattice is so perfectly woven, Liz.

  25. I love the upper crust! They look very pretty:@)

  26. Our son has apple trees so I’ll be raiding them soon and guess what I’m going to make? That has got to be the most perfect lattice I’ve seen. My non sweet loving husband (wink-wink) would love this!

  27. These apple squares are the cutest latice apple pies ever, Liz! Pinned!!!

  28. I can picture you doing yoga gracefully…. If I do the downward dog.. I will get stuck. 🙂 LOL! This dessert is beautiful and graceful too. I’m so excited to get into fall flavors… 🙂

  29. Beautiful apple squares, I love the lattice top!

  30. Lizzy,
    I’ll have to try this recipe. I love apple pie and this looks so much easier to make.
    Annamaria

  31. Fall crawl?? I want to live in your neighborhood! Also, I could help you taste test. 🙂 Seriously, that apple dessert looks fabulous. Today was the first autumn-like day in New York and I immediately put a pumpkin cake in the oven. 🙂

  32. How pretty! You had to have spent hours weaving that top part………..beautiful!

  33. Good morning! I wanted to let you know I have featured this recipe in my 15 Fall Apple Recipe Round UP

  34. I’m in an apple mood this week I can tell so these will give me some inspiration. Fun recipe and lots of other great ones to try.

  35. What a gorgeous dessert! I love your lattice top, and I can’t wait to try your recipe!

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