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Apple Brownie Recipe

September 21, 2012

I had the huge honor of appearing on The Martha Stewart Show last October, and this year, another thrill! My recipe for apple brownies appeared in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living. I remember so clearly looking at my mom’s copy of Martha’s first book, Entertaining, back in 1982 and being so transfixed by her style and her notion of making home life important and beautiful. So to be included in her media world is huge.
This recipe is one of the sleeper hits of the book. The brownies cook up moist and richly flavored, with that slightly crunchy top you also find in the chocolate version. Th recipe is an adaptation of one that my Mom’s friend, Claire Reilly, gave her, and I love how easy they are to make—a great standby for those days when you want a sweet treat without a lot of fuss, or when you remember at 9 p.m. that you volunteered to make dessert for tomorrow’s bake sale.

Recipe for Apple Brownies

Apple Notes: I’m not kidding when I say that this recipe is easy. It’s also extremely adaptable. Any firm-sweet apple variety (see page 30) will work beautifully.

Equipment: 11-by 7-inch baking dish

Makes: 12 bars

Active time: 15 minutes • Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


1 cup (145 g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
8 tablespoons (1 stick; 113 g) salted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup (210 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ cup (60 g) chopped walnuts
2 large firm-sweet apples (about 1 pound total; see Apple Notes), peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch cubes


1• Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack to the middle position. Generously grease the
baking dish with butter and set aside.
2• In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Set aside. In the bowl of a standing mixer at high speed or using a hand-held mixer, beat
together the butter, sugar, and egg until pale, about 2 minutes. Add the walnuts and apples and
stir by hand until evenly combined. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined, another 30
3• Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown and lightly firm to
the touch, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then cut into 12 bars and
transfer to a serving platter.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2012 3:07 pm

    Sounds really good!

    • September 22, 2012 8:19 pm

      It’s definitely worth a try…a quick, tasty way to enjoy apples in something that isn’t pie or crisp.

  2. linda permalink
    September 30, 2012 3:25 pm

    Love this recipe. Any chance for calories? Watching my weight but still want a treat now and then:)

    • October 1, 2012 12:11 am

      Linda- I calculated approximately 225 calories per bar (based on 12 servings per pan). Hope that helps! You could try replacing half the butter with applesauce and cut the sugar by 1/4 cup, but I haven’t yet tried this myself, so I can’t make any guarantees.

  3. linda permalink
    October 7, 2012 6:06 pm

    Thank you so much for figuring that out! The recipe is awesome, my husband loved them:)

  4. October 9, 2012 4:39 pm

    Amy, I just made these today from the magazine and when I mentioned them on FB, people wanted the recipe, so I shared this post. Haven’t eaten ours yet (dinner first) but they smell awesome! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. Carol De France permalink
    November 22, 2013 1:30 pm

    I have made four recipes from Apple Lover’s Cookbook from the public library.
    All were wonderful. I am making the apple brownies tonight.
    I want Apple Lover’s Cookbook for Christmas.

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