Easy, inexpensive, and delightful. Those are three things I love in a dessert and these Two-Ingredient Applesauce Squares won’t disappoint!
A MOUTHFUL OF DELIGHT
Looking thru the “Homemade Candies” section of the 1956 edition of the Good Housekeeping Cook Book is so much fun. There are tons of decadent, easy, sweet recipes with silly little names like “Ting-A-Lings,” “Peanut Chipperoos,” and”Delight Squares.”
Let’s talk about the “Delight Squares.” When I first saw the easy recipe, the name intrigued me, but it seemed pretty boring. What’s so interesting about eating applesauce in a solid form.
I made these Two-Ingredient Applesauce Squares (I changed the name from Delight Squares to be a little more descriptive) just for fun, and to my surprise, I was delighted. When you bite into one of these squares you get a juicy refreshing bite of applesauce. It feels a little classier than eating the stuff with a spoon.
KIDS WILL LOVE THEM
Knowing you, whenever you are invited to a party you always want to be a fantastic guest. Well, what do you bring when you are heading to a party with a ton of kids? Make these! Kids will love them (make sure they are not vegetarians or vegans…gelatin is not their friend).
They are just like Jell-O Jigglers, but can be a much healthier option especially if you use an unsweetened applesauce. That way you won’t have a ton of kids running around with a crazy sugar rush!
FROM SAVORY TO SWEET
Gelatin has been around for a long time. There are recipes as far back as the 1400’s. These were not cute jiggly squares of sugar and fruit flavor. They were “gelatin-based savory-dishes…In them, collagen-rich pig’s ears and feet were boiled…,” and strained to make the savory jellies.1
In the late medieval era sweet fruit based jellies did find their way to the table.
Gelatin has come quite a long way since then. Now you can get it sheet form, unflavored packets of granules, and boxes ready to go pre-sweetened and flavored.
So Tell me, are you going to make these cute little squares?!?! If you do, post them on your insta and tag me!
TWO-INGREDIENT APPLESAUCE SQUARES RECIPE TIPS
-Use any type of applesauce you want! If you want something healthier, use an organic unsweetened brand!
-Never used gelatin granules before? The awesome people at The Kitchen have 5 Tips for Working with Gelatin for you!
-If you like, cut these into shapes using cute cookie cutters!
Yields 64 squares
These "Delight Squares" are perfect for parties where there will be a ton of kids!
2 hr, 5 Prep Time
5 hrCook Time
7 hr, 5 Total Time
- 2 packets unflavored Knox gelatin packs
- 2 cups applesauce (sweetened or unsweetened)
- Heat applesauce over medium heat until it begins to boil, about 5 minutes.
- While heating applesauce, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water to bloom. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Once applesauce had begun to boil, remove from heat. Add gelatin and stir to dissolve.
- Pour into a 10-inch square pan lined with wax paper and refrigerate 2 hours.
Recipe from the 1956 edition of the Good Housekeeping Cook Book.