Gluten-free Goodie of the Week: Spiced apple squares

Sep 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET

When you catch a whiff of these baking, there will be no mistaking that it’s fall! These gluten-free spiced apple squares are tempting and tasty for a fall day.

Spiced Apple Squares

Some people long for the fall when you can get cozy in sweaters, cheer on your favorite football team and start baking comforting, seasonal desserts. This recipe for spiced apple squares certainly lands in that category!

Note: Gluten can be found in many different foods and products, from ketchup to soy sauce to candy and seasonings. While tries to ensure these recipes are gluten-free, carefully read the ingredient labels of all food and food products you use for these recipes to ensure they are also gluten free.

Like brownies in form, the similarities (except that they’re both delicious) end there. These goodies are filled with the tempting taste of apples and the warming spices of cinnamon and ginger -- perfect for a fall treat. If you’re looking for even more delight with your dessert, serve these squares slightly warmed with your favorite vanilla ice cream.

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Spiced Apple Squares

Yields 12

Spiced Apple SquaresIngredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (for topping)
  • 3/4 cups applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter, plus 1 tablespoon (for topping)
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Optional: 1/3 cup raisins or 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to add to the batter


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Whisk together until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, 2 tablespoons of softened butter and brown sugar. Mix well.
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredients to it. Mix together by hand (should be a consistency similar to cookie dough).
  6. Gently fold in the apples (and raisins or walnuts if using).
  7. Add the mix to your baking dish and spread out evenly.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Mix well and brush over the top of your batter before baking.
  9. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden and a knife stuck in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely, then slice into squares and serve.

Fall goodies make some of the best treats!

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