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Rhubarb Crumb Squares

It can't get much simpler than this!  This was originally my Aunt Kay's recipe; it was called 'apple squares' and was made with tart cooking apples.  A crumb mixture is packed into a pan to form the base...with reserved crumbs sprinkled over the fruit. If you still have rhubarb in the garden, you might want to try these simple rhubarb squares.  If not, wait for the early apples (coming soon) and whip up some apple crumb squares.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb
  • sprinkling of sugar
  •  dash of nutmeg
  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt and butter and mix to form uniform crumbs.  
  2. Use slightly more than half the crumbs to form base, pressing into a greased 9" x 12" pan.
  3. Top with a layer of rhubarb.
  4. Sprinkle with sugar and nutmeg.
  5. Spread remaining crumbs evenly over rhubarb.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Cut in squares and serve.
*Substitute chopped or sliced cooking apples for the rhubarb and sprinkle with cinnamon instead of nutmeg.


  1. They are so pretty. Who could stop with just one?

  2. Ahh yes - I still have a bit of rhubarb to use up and this is perfect!! I love the "old" auntie recipes the best! Thanks Judy.

  3. shirley reimer bertheletteJune 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Hi Judy,,, I just harvest the ones in my garden,,,and they are in freezer,,soo can I use frozen ones for this.pretty desert..

  4. It's sounds and looks delicious. I have plenty of rhubarb and 2 questions. Can I half this recipe and use and 8x8 pan and the other one is, should the crumb topping brown a bit in the oven?

    1. I have never tried halving the recipe. I do know that it freezes you can always make a full pan and freeze some for later. If you like the crumbs darker, leave the pan in oven a little longer.

  5. Thank you for this! I was given a huge pile of rhubarb from a friend, and was just thinking about what to do with it. Question for you about rhubarb - does anyone happen to know if you can put it through the rinse cycle on the dishwasher to get it cleaned? I've got quite a bit and the thought of doing it all by hand is squashing my desire to actually turn it into something.

    1. I've never thought of washing rhubarb in the dishwasher, but it sounds like a wonderful idea to me! I have washed cuc's for pickling in the top-loading clothes washer many times.

    2. I'm just emptying a clean load, and will put it through on rinse. Why not give it a go? Looking forward to putting this recipe together tonight!

  6. Looks delicious. I'm going to try it this weekend.

  7. Thanks for your answer Judy. I couldn't wait yesterday to make it, so I did halve everything and using an 8 x 8 cake pan.
    It was still white but tasted delicious anyway. It's a keeper.
    One new question popped up during the making of it tho, did chopped rhubarb mean sliced thinly or 'chopped' into bits & pieces? I did the bits & pieces.

    My 2 cents on washing rhubarb in a dishwasher would be, would it hold up to the scalding hot rinse cycle? Whereas, pickles in a top loading machine let you select a rinse temperature cycle.

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  9. Tried throwing these together QUICK on our extended family vacation for the 2nd generation when the "adults" -- over 40's--went out for supper. The report was that the kids gobbled it all up in one pass through the line. Great new recipe for my collection! Thanks.


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