I would give this recipe a 5 Star rating! It’s easy, looks great, and is delicious. From an Indiana cookbook published in "Best of the Best of the Midwest" I thought, just reading the recipe, that it was worth a try…it exceeded my expectations. It has a crisp, thin bottom crust, topped by a very moist apple cake. Anything that only uses one large bowl and a spoon to mix is my kind of recipe. It was good from the oven, just cooled to lukewarm; and it froze well too. I got twice as many bars as the recipe called for; they are rich enough for smaller, easier-to-eat bars. I used Granny Smith apples, and drizzled on a little powdered sugar glaze.
Sour Cream Apple Squares
2 Cups Flour, All-purpose (9 ounces)
2 Cups Brown Sugar -- firmly packed (14 ounces)
½ Cup Butter -- softened
1 Cup Walnuts -- chopped
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
2 Cups Apples -- peeled and finely chopped (2 medium)
Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Press 2 3/4 cups (about 15 ounces) of crumb mixture into ungreased 9 x 13" pan.
To remaining mixture, add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla, and egg. Blend well. Stir in apples. Spoon evenly and carefully over base.
Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cut into 12-15 squares - I got 30. "One 9 X 13" Pan"
2011 Cost: $4.13 or 21¢ per bar (using 30 bars)
Per Serving: 215 Calories; 11g Fat (44.8% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 27g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 28mg Cholesterol; 179mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 2 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.