Apple Pastry Squares


'WE HAVE four very productive apple trees in our backyard, so I make a lot of recipes that call for apples. Even then, we'll often end up giving bushels of them away. This apple dessert is one of my family's favorites. If you're serving a larger group, I've found that it goes a little further when cut into squares rather than slices like a traditional apple pie.'

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
24 servings



  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup water

  • 5 cups thinly sliced peeled apples

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup cold shortening

  • 2 egg yolks, beaten

  • ¼ cup cold water

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. For filling, combine sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan. Mix until well blended. Add apples; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in spices and lemon juices; set aside. For pastry, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly. Combine egg yolks, water and lemon juice; blend into flour. Mixture will form a ball. Divided in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough between two pieces of waxed paper to fit the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Spread filling over pastry. Roll remaining pastry to fit pan exactly; place on top of filling. Fold bottom pastry over top and press to seal. Cut a few small slits in top crust. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 40 minutes or until lightly browned. For glaze, combine all ingredients and drizzle over the warm pastry.