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Apple Harvest Squares have a delicious cookie crust, sweet baked apples and a wonderful walnut and coconut topping!

Apple Harvest Squares - A Family Feast

September is the beginning of apple picking season here in New England – and as part of that, I always dig out a few of my favorite apple recipes including this recipe for Apple Harvest Squares!

These apple harvest squares are rich and delicious thanks to three sweet layers that make up this baked taste of fall. A buttery cookie bottom layer is topped with slices of sweet, fresh apples that have been sprinkled with lemon juice – the perfect tart counterbalance to the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients – then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Finally a top layer of chopped walnuts, flaked coconut, and vanilla complete this wonderful dessert. These apple harvest squares are like a wonderful apple pie – but in the form of a bar cookie! (They are soooo good!)


Apple Harvest Squares - A Family Feast

This recipe was adapted from one originally printed in The Boston Globe several years ago as part of a collection of recipes gathered from some favorite Boston-area apple orchards. This Apple Harvest Squares recipe is attributed to Lori Stephenson, Farm Store Manager at Bolton Spring Farm, who recommends making these squares with Cortland apples, or any other type of apple that stays firm when cooked.


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Apple Harvest Squares - A Family Feast

Apple Harvest Squares

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 large squares or 20 smaller squares


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted chilled butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 23 large apples)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 13×9-inch baking pan with pan spray.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, and salt. Pulse once quickly to combine. Add the butter pieces and pulse again until the butter is fully incorporated and you have a fine, dry crumb mixture.
  3. Pour the crumb mixture into the prepared baking pan and press into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. (Don’t worry about the crumbs looking too dry in the pan – it will bind together as it bakes.)
  4. In a bowl, combine the apple slices and lemon juice and stir to combine. Arrange the apple slices in rows on top of the crumb mixture. Sprinkle the apples with any remaining lemon juice left in the mixing bowl.
  5. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar with the cinnamon. Mix well and then sprinkle the mixture over the apple slices.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. While the pan is in the oven, in a medium sized bowl, mix together the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, egg, milk, vanilla, walnuts and coconut until well combined. Spoon over the partially baked apple crumb mixture and spread as evenly as possible.
  8. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the topping is lightly golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool slightly, then cut into squares while still warm. Allow to cool completely before serving.



Apple Harvest Squares

Apple Harvest Squares



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  • Toni wrote:

    The Apple Harvest Squares are incredible. I made them using Granny Smith apples and substituted 2/3 whole milk + 1/3 half &half for the evaporated milk. YUM! Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s a keeper!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Toni!

  • karla slind wrote:

    I am so going to try the pumpkin pasta. We used to have a restaurant that had a squash ravioli dinner and I loved that. Do you have anything like that. I will do the pumpkin though.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Karla – No – unfortunately we don’t have a squash ravioli recipe on our site (although it sounds delicious!). Hope you enjoy the pumpkin pasta bake!

  • Kate wrote:

    This looks great! Could I substitute whole milk or something for the evaporated?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Kate – Evaporated milk is thicker in consistency and richer in flavor than whole milk. I’d recommend using evaporated milk if you can for best results!

  • CONNIE wrote:

    what kind of apples work best for these bars?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Connie – As mentioned in the post, the original creator of the recipe recommends Cortland or any other apple that stays firm when baked. Hope that helps!

  • Amy@theidearoom wrote:

    Oh my goodness, these look amazing! Pinned!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Amy!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust wrote:

    These sound delish!! And they’re gorgeous too!

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      Thanks Dorothy!

  • Donna Smith wrote:

    I have just made these … they are just wonderful!!! Thank you so much for a great recipe.

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      So glad you liked them Donna!! Thanks for letting us know!

  • Heather @ French Press wrote:

    these look like the perfect fall treat!

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      Thanks Heather!

  • Jenna@littlekitchenbigflavors wrote:

    Making these right now! I have so many apples from apple picking and these bars caught my eyes on Pinterest!

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      Hope you enjoy the recipe Jenna!!

  • Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes wrote:

    I love the simplicity and seasonality of this recipe. Apples are one of my favorite foods on the planet! Thanks for the great idea. I think the kids would love to help make these this weekend.

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      Thanks Katie! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

      • Susan wrote:

        I’m a bit confused. What is the white “paper-like” substance in the picture? And I don’t see apple slices ? How thick were the slices and how do you get squares from odd shaped apple slices ?! It sounds YUMMY but confusing? help?

        • Martha wrote:

          Hi Susan – For the photo, we stacked the bars with small sheets of parchment paper in between each bar so they didn’t stick together in the stack. There is also coconut in this recipe which is also white in the photo. The recipe has you put a layer of sliced apples (they were fairly thin) in the center – as it bakes they get soft and cook down a bit so you don’t really see the full slice anymore. Once baked, cut into squares. Hope that helps.

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