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Apple Brownies (Blondies) for October’s Pastry Club

Since the organization of the Pastry Club, I have been pondering what I will prepare for my turn as the provider. I am sharing the spotlight with Brigitte, who is known for her great baking powers, so of course I must present some delectable treat that will at least compare with her dessert. I want to make something that will satisfy everyone’s sweettooth yet still be a little healthy. I selected October as my month of baking since it is cooler outside, it is the beginning of the fall eating season, and apples are ready! Everyone knows that an apple a day keeps the doctor away which means that if I use them in any baked good that product will be leaning to the healthy side. I have been to different orchards and have tried a few different varieties this year. Still, the cortland apple remains my favorite: crisp and with a tart bite to it! I make it a point to eat an apple every day. Can’t help it, always have done it, and plan to continue the habit. I know the peels are supposed to be healthy but I eat my apples without them. They tend to upset my digestive system so be gone with them! Okay, back to the subject at hand: my special dessert for my colleagues.  I chose apple brownies as they are delicious and very tidy to eat. No mess, no forks, just a napkin is needed. These are both moist and tasty. They also make a great, portable breakfast!

Apple Brownies

2/3 C. butter                    
1 C. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar                       
2 eggs                                     
1 1/2 C. flour                         
2 t. baking powder                   
1/4 t. salt                                
1 t. vanilla                                
1 C. apples, chopped fine        
½ cup raisins                            
½ cup chopped nuts
Confectioner’s sugar

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
Add flour, baking powder, and salt; stir well. Stir in apples, nuts, and raisins..
Bake in a greased and floured 9 x 9 pan at 350° F. for 35-40 minutes.
Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

To lighten this recipe up, substitute 1/3 cup of the butter with applesauce. I have not made the lighter version of this recipe so I cannot guarantee the outcome.

8 comments to Apple Brownies (Blondies) for October’s Pastry Club

  • Wow, these are such a great idea! I’ve made apple cake, apple bread, apple pie… never apple brownies! This is def a must make for the apple I will be picking next week! thanks!

  • admin

    They are also so delicious, sweet, but very delicious, like a brown sugar square with apples.

  • These look and sound delicious! I too try to eat an apple everyday. There is something very satisfying about them. Thanks for the recipe and the tip on the healthy substitution.

  • admin

    You’re welcome msmeanie. Glad you stopped by.

  • admin

    One of my readers made a comment that her brownies came out dry. I don’t understand this as I followed and use this recipe often and it always turns out perfectly moist. This picture is that of the brownies I made last week with this recipe. I lost her comment but her name was Jeanne. I apologize for the problem but wonder if enough butter was added or if she tried to do a light version. She thought it needed oil, but the butter should have been enough. I checked my recipe, looking for a typo, but there is none. 2/3 cup of butter, 2 cups sugar, and only 1 1/2 cups flour + 2 eggs should make for a very moist bar and it does. I am at a loss to what happened. Sorry Jeanne.

  • Susan M.

    Delicious! I was worried about all that sugar, but it definitely makes the cake tasty. Very, very moist with an almost crunchy topping – didn’t need the powdered sugar – it was yummy on its own. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you for sharing.

  • SK

    The only changes I made to this recipe are – used 1/2 cup applesauce to replace 1/3 cup butter and did half & half of plain and white whole wheat flour. I think the addition of applesauce increased the baking time, ‘cos mine were done around 60 mins. They were moist right out of the oven, but optimally moist the next day. Delish! I have already made this twice and will be making for a third time today!!

  • admin

    I am so happy to hear you are enjoying this recipe! It’s definitely a diet killer! :)

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