Apple Brownies, another easy apple dessert

by Beyond Kimchee on February 4, 2012 · 57 comments


Apple Brownies

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.


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.


Apple Brownies, another easy apple dessert
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Serves: 20-24 bars
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups apples (about 2-3 apples), peeled, cored and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped walnut
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF ( 170ºC).
  2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in apples and nuts.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Fold into apple mixture.
  4. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean with a few crumbs attached. The top will have subtle cracks.
  5. Let it cool before you cut into bars.

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Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) February 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

apple brownies is a smashing idea!


Hyosun Ro February 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

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.  


Erica Sommermann February 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

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!   :)


Stephs Apron February 5, 2012 at 6:24 am

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!


kat February 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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 :)


beyondkimchee February 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Thanks Stephs. Hope your boyfriend will like it.


beyondkimchee February 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Hope it turns out good for you, Erica!


beyondkimchee February 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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.


Shuhan February 6, 2012 at 7:10 am

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


kitchenriffs February 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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.


Erica Sommermann February 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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!


beyondkimchee February 8, 2012 at 4:48 am

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


Ellen February 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

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


Go2world February 11, 2012 at 5:35 am

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


Bodil Huisman February 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

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



Randis D. Silas February 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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


carmen Ytterland February 15, 2012 at 7:09 am

Jummy Jummy in my tummy;)


Kate February 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

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


MS BC February 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

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 :)


Alana Davis March 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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.


Amy Taylor March 20, 2012 at 6:07 am

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


beyondkimchee March 20, 2012 at 7:12 am

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


Joanne Kim March 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

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

<3 <3


Apfelkuchen Rezept March 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm

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


Apfelkuchen Rezept March 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm

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


Kate March 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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


beyondkimchee April 1, 2012 at 4:43 am

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. :)


Sylvia April 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

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


beyondkimchee April 8, 2012 at 6:34 am

Use apple sauce in place for butter.


Stella Sauve September 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

These brownie bars were super moist and delicious .I decreased the cinnamon and added nutmeg,also 1/2 cup of toffee bits!


Holly September 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

Toffee bits are awesome to add in this recipe. Thanks for the idea!


Jenny S September 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

Just made these and although they are too hot to cut, they smell fantastic! I left out the nuts, added extra apples and used Kraft caramel bits…


Holly September 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

Adding caramel bits sounds perfect. Hope you liked the brownies.


Michelle September 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

I need to try this. Totally my kind of brownie. Can I use self rising flour instead? I just bought a pack for another dessert recipe and have a ton left…


Holly September 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Yes, you can substitute self rising flour in place of flour and baking powder.


Leah October 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I just put my first batch in the oven. I only had one problem. The batter was thicker like a cookie dough. I had to spread it in the pan. There was no way it was going to pour. Looking at your pictures my batter looks very different. Any suggestions as to why? The only thing I can come up with is that the temperature is colder in the house than normal. I hope they still turn out!


Holly October 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Did you use melted butter? If you used room temperature butter, you will get a much thicker batter. I hope it turns out great.


mandy November 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

wow this looks awesome! cant wait to try it out ~
i have a slight concern about baking soda, i dont have them and doubt the store around where i am carries them. is it possible to leave baking soda out in this recipe without altering the taste


Holly November 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Hi Mandy
If you skip the baking soda in this recipe, I am afraid that it will effect the outcome. Since there is no proper substitute for Baking soda, I don’t know what to tell you.


Carmen December 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Can these apple brownies be frozen when cooked??


Holly December 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

I never froze them before so I can’t assure you how it will be like. However, I think it will freeze okay.


Carmen December 18, 2012 at 4:14 am

Hi Thank you. I will try out the recipe and give it a go at freezing. Will let you know how it turns out…Thanks again


Carola December 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Korean Food, in fact, I just made Rice Cake soup and some soybean sprouts with green onions salad.

I am a little surprised to see sweet recipes in your blog, are they really Korean?

I am planning on making this one tomorrow……….



J. Gill February 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Can I omit the walnuts and just add extra apples? Will it still taste good? My son has a nut allergy.


Holly February 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Of course! I don’t think you need to add extra apples but a tiny bit more would be okay.


H park February 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

This turned out soo good thank you, sooo yummy but hate that it breaks so easily and crumbly


MyThy as in "Mighty" October 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Can this be done on a half sheet? Your 9 x 13″ looks like my half sheet. Thanks!


Holly October 30, 2013 at 7:04 am

It looks like half sheet pan but it is 9×13 brownie pan. Half sheet would be too big for this recipe unless you double the recipe.


MyThy as in "Mighty" October 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thanks for replying. I didn’t double the recipe but did 1.5 of it. Its currently baking on the half sheet now. Will let you know how it turns out!


Ananda April 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I made these last night and they turned out delicious! I did a few substitutions: instead of 2 sticks of butter I used only one and then 1/4 cup of coconut oil, I used brown sugar and only one cup. I had a few apples on my fridge that were going bad and I wanted to use them. So I looked up an easy apple recipe that called for ingredients I already had. It was so easy to make, we had a cook out and everyone like it!


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