Apple Brownies: a fall must have!!

Here we go again…apple-picking season is upon us and we all need to make good use of the baskets of fresh apples we’ll soon be coming home with.

Here is an easy and refreshing take on “brownies”. Forget the chocolate and think “apples”. This recipe from Martha Stewart Magazine (Oct. 2012 issue) is quick and perfect for a fall week-end or a school bake sale.


You’ll need:

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


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center position. Generously butter an 8-by-11-inch baking dish.IMG_8021

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. IMG_8022 In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg with a mixer until pale, about 2 minutes. IMG_8023IMG_8024Add walnuts and apples, and stir by hand until combined. IMG_8025 IMG_8026IMG_8027Add flour mixture, and stir until combined, about 30 seconds more.IMG_8028

  3. Step 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.IMG_8029 IMG_8030 IMG_8031 IMG_8033Enjoy this first flavor of autumn!!

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