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Fruit Squares [Recipe, Photos]

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Apple “Fruit Square.” Add ice cream, if you’d like! (Craig Allen photo)

Looking for a nice, easy, new desert that everyone will love?

Back in the 90’s, at the radio station in Philadelphia, from time to time we’d have a staff lunch, where everyone would bring something. Once, I made these “fruit squares.” They were a huge hit! From then on, friends would ask “are you bringing that great apple thing that you make?”

Now, you can make it, too!

1 C shortening (melted butter is better!)

2 C sugar

3 C flour

4 eggs

2 t vanilla

1 can pie (apple, cherry,etc) filling (Note: I make mine with 2 cans of fruit).


Cream shortening (or melted butter). Add sugar.

Add eggs, one at a time.

Add vanilla, flour (Note: the batter is heavy).


Grease 9×13 pan.

Pour 3/4 batter in pan.

Pour fruit filling over all (when making with apple filling, I add/stir in some cinnamon and sugar to taste. The canned apple filling is rather bland if you do not “doctor” it a bit).

Drop rest of batter on top of fruit filling, by the spoonful.

Sprinkle sugar over all.

Bake at 350 degrees, for 55 minutes.

This “fruit squares” recipe has been in my family for years! A family fave! One year, my mom wanted a new desert for a social occasion, so she sent a note into school with my sister, asking her 2nd grade teacher if she had a desert recipe that she would be willing to share.

Now, I’m sharing with you.


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