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February 4, 2012

Apple Brownies, another easy apple dessert

Chocolate is not the only dude that can turn into brownies. Apples can, too.

I was invited to a friend's BBQ party, but forgot to think of what to take with.
I urgently needed quick and easy dessert to make with things I already have in my kitchen, so that I don't have to run to the grocery store in the famous afternoon KL traffic.
I looked into my fridge and found some apples, I always have walnuts in the freezer... Aha! the light bulb in my brain just got turned on; 'I am going to make apple brownies!'

I have made these apple brownies numerous times and they've never disappointed me.
The flaky crust, just like the chocolate brownies, and soft crumbs with chunks of apples and walnuts...
These will make you feel like you are eating a healthy dessert even though there is 1 cup of butter hidden beneath.

I took the whole batch to the party and came home with the empty platter. A young man had 3 of them instantly. My husband was sad because there was no leftover.

This is perhaps the easiest bar dessert you can make as long as you don't mind chopping 2-3 apples and some walnuts.
And if you ask me, chopping apples is quite therapeutic.


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups apples (about 2-3 apples), peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnut
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

 Get your apples and walnuts.

Turn on the oven to 350ºF (170ºC) and place chunks of butter in a bowl to the oven to melt.
DO NOT forget your butter, which I often do...

 Chop your walnuts to measure about 1/2 cup with your eyes.

 Chop your apples, too. Try to think it as therapeutic activity...

Remember to check your butter at this point. I'm telling ya.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl over a mesh,

 let them snow..., I mean sift.

 Take the melted butter and combine with sugar, add eggs, and vanilla. Mix until sugar melts.

 Add your apples,

 the sifted flour mix, and walnuts. Just dump'em all together.

 Use a spatula and stir until they get just moistend.

 Just like that. DO NOT over mix...

 Spread them in the 9 x 13 pan (greased, of course)

 and stick it into oven, shut the door, and stare at it for 40-50 minutes of your life.
Or you can do your dishes, or pay your bills, or take a nap.

When the top gets cracked or nicely browned, or the testing toothpick comes out clean with a few crumbs, it is their time to come out of the hot oven.
Let it cool before you cut into bars.

Serve with cold vanilla ice cream
and with a drizzle of caramel sauce 
if you want the extra calories.

But for me,
just a piece of apple brownie alone is satisfying enough.
I am eating my daily fruit.

That is a good thing.

Need a printable recipe? Click here.

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At February 4, 2012 at 8:30 AM , Anonymous Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

apple brownies is a smashing idea!

At February 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM , Anonymous Hyosun Ro said...

Hi Holly - These look so yummy! Apple cake is one of my favorites, and I make it all the time. But these brownies sound so good and easy to make. I will definitely try them.  

At February 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM , Anonymous Erica Sommermann said...

oh this looks like the perfect dessert for me to serve at the Bible study I'm hosting next week at my house!  thanks for the recipe, Holly!   :)

At February 5, 2012 at 6:24 AM , Anonymous Stephs Apron said...

What a delicious and creative recipe! I like this non-traditional take on brownies, and my boyfriend's favorite fruit is apples. I know what I'm baking for Valentine's Day!

At February 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous kat said...

I've never seen anything like this before, I love it!! I'm definitely going to save this for later! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

At February 5, 2012 at 10:43 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Thanks Stephs. Hope your boyfriend will like it.

At February 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Hope it turns out good for you, Erica!

At February 5, 2012 at 10:53 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Thanks, Kat. It is actually somewhat apple cake-like dessert due to its soft crumbs but definitely delicious and easy to make. Hope you can give it a try soon.

At February 6, 2012 at 7:10 AM , Anonymous Shuhan said...

that sounds amazing! I'm always used to brownies being well, brown, i.e. chocolatey, but apples sound much healthier!

At February 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM , Anonymous kitchenriffs said...

Great recipe!  I've never had apple brownies - but it's a terrific idea.  You've got some really nice photos in this post; colorful, too.  Thanks for this.

At February 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Anonymous Erica Sommermann said...

these turned out really good!  i baked this tonight and everyone in my homegroup said they tasted delicious!  we had them, still slightly warm from the oven (it was maybe ~1 hour after taking it out of the oven), with vanilla ice cream.  yum!  thanks so much!

At February 8, 2012 at 4:48 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 I am glad that it turned out great, Erica. They are moist and even better when you serve with vanilla ice cream!

At February 10, 2012 at 5:19 AM , Anonymous Ellen said...

I just made them, and I will really make these again! Lovley! :D

At February 11, 2012 at 5:35 AM , Anonymous Go2world said...

I love your blog.  You have really nice photos and easy to follow recipes.  Can't wait to try them.

At February 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM , Anonymous Bodil Huisman said...

Mmmh it looks delicious! Definitely gonna try this myself :]


At February 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM , Anonymous Randis D. Silas said...

Man, if that smells anything like I imagine it!!!!!!

At February 15, 2012 at 7:09 AM , Anonymous carmen Ytterland said...

Jummy Jummy in my tummy;)

At February 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM , Anonymous Kate said...

it looks so fantastic! I'm going to try, although looking on the pictures makes me happy already :)

At February 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous MS BC said...

boy am i glad to come across your site.
i never know what to do with apples besides apple pie but brownies are a TON easier
thanks for this recipe - will definitely try it :)

At March 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM , Anonymous Alana Davis said...

I made this yesterday, and man, they came out g-o-o-d good! They tasted like something that would be bought in a dine-in restaurant. So delicious! (^_^)

P.S: I didn't have a 9 x 13 pan, so I just baked them in a 9 x 9 pan, and baked it on a lower temperature. Needless to say, it still came out great.

At March 20, 2012 at 6:07 AM , Anonymous Amy Taylor said...

Thanks for the idea, these look amazing and such a nice change from the usual brownie flavour. Can't wait to bake these :)

At March 20, 2012 at 7:12 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Thanks Amy. Hope you get to try it. They are really good.

At March 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM , Anonymous Joanne Kim said...

Ahh, this too!  I need to try this! =)  I heart your blog so much!

<3 <3

At March 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM , Anonymous Apfelkuchen Rezept said...

I made these for a party this weekend and they turned out great! Thanks so much!

At March 29, 2012 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Apfelkuchen Rezept said...

I made these for a party this weekend and they turned out great! Thanks so much!

At March 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM , Anonymous Kate said...

This is soooo yummy!
but I have a question, is there a way to make it less sweet?  to cut calories?

At April 1, 2012 at 4:43 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Some adds apple sauce instead of butter to lower the fat. You can add a little less sugar but not too less because, then, it won't taste good. :)

At April 5, 2012 at 7:10 AM , Anonymous Sylvia said...

could i use shortening or another non-dairy substitute? my husband loves apples but has a dairy allergy...

At April 8, 2012 at 6:34 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Use apple sauce in place for butter.

At April 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM , Anonymous Rachael Chong said...

I made these yesterday and many people were raving about! :) Thanks!


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