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Apple Brownies

Loaded with fall flavor, apple brownies mix up as quickly as the chocolate version -- just the thing for a school bake sale. Any sweet, firm variety of apple will work in this recipe, which was developed by John Bunker's friend Amy Traverso. Recipe adapted from "The Apple Lover's Cookbook," by Amy Traverso.

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  • Yield: Makes 12 bars
Apple Brownies

Photography: Gabriela Herman

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2012


  • 1 stick salted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for dish
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 large firm-sweet apples (about 1 pound total), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 3/4 cups)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center position. Generously butter an 8-by-11-inch baking dish.

  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg with a mixer until pale, about 2 minutes. Add walnuts and apples, and stir by hand until combined. Add flour mixture, and stir until combined, about 30 seconds more.

  3. Spread batter in pan, and bake until golden brown and slightly firm, about 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 30 minutes, then cut into 12 bars.

Cook's Note

Bars can be stored in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Reviews (11)

  • diyaraja 22 Dec, 2014

    how much is one stick of butter terms of ounces or cups

  • diyaraja 21 Dec, 2014

    how much is one stick of butter terms of ounces or cups

  • chaoschef 24 Oct, 2014

    its a brownie! i altered the recipe. i used half light brown sugar and half raw turbinado sugar. i used a small egg instead of a large egg. i added a teaspoon of vanilla. i add more add than i should. instead of walnuts, i used chopped hazelnuts.i used self rising flour and negated the need for baking soda and baking powder. it came out fantastic. i love this recipe. next time i am going to substitute the butter with olive oil. that should stiffen it.

  • tessga 1 Dec, 2013

    These were great regardless of whether officially brownie or cake. I split the sugar into 1/2 cup white 1/2 cup brown and did think it was a tad sweet so would cut further next time. I also added 1/4 tsp vanilla, and used toasted pecans instead. really wonderful aroma and taste of fall. Super easy, toddler helped. Would make again.

  • edunaway 23 Oct, 2013

    Easy to make with the kiddo. A little too sweet, I'd cut the sugar in half next time. I also used raisins instead of walnuts (my kids hate nuts) and that was a tasty modification.

  • Fireflyjh30 13 Sep, 2013

    We love these, but call them "Apple Blondies." A great fall recipe.

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 28 Jan, 2013

    Apple Brownies
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    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • momcares4cats 22 Oct, 2012

    It's very good, but more like apple cake than brownies. We do not have an 8 x 11 pan, so used a 7 x 11, which may be why it is more cake-like. I might add another 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon next time. A nice way to use apples off our tree.

  • elascher 19 Oct, 2012

    i made a gluten free version with macoun apples and loved them. The top was crusty like a brownie and the inside was soft but held together. I served it with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!
    Here are my GF modifications.

    1. Replace 1c flour with 1c of all-purpose GF flour mix
    2. Replace 1c sugar with 1/3c sugar and 1/2c brown sugar, packed.

    Will make these again.

  • ragamuffyn 1 Oct, 2012

    I agree, the title is a bit misleading - I made these and they tasted more like apple cake, because they weren't as thick as brownies. They were pretty crumbly, so I put them in the freezer, which made them a lot easier to eat and much more brownie-like. They tasted fine, but I probably wouldn't make these again.

  • heartboston 20 Sep, 2012

    While not really brownies, per se, they sure are delicious! A perfect way to showcase the best apples of the season, and the walnuts lend a fantastic crunch to each bite. Awesome recipe, and very easy too. My toddler loved helping to make these!

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