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Grandma’s Apple Brownies

Published by: Kathy

  • Sep
  • 12

No, this is defintely not anything MY grandma made!

For starters, I never referred to either of my grandmothers as “Grandma”…I had an “Abuela” and an “Abuelita”.  They were better known for their Flan (Egg Custard) and Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding).  And I’m pretty sure they never even heard of an apple brownie.

I found this recipe on the Just A Pinch Recipe Club website (An on-line recipe club I belong to.   Cuts down on cookbook purchases!) and it sounded wonderful.  It’s that time of year, when the season begins to change and the temperatures begin to fall from the familiar 97˚in the afternoon, to a brisk 92˚…Fall is almost here!  I am embarrassed to say that I already have all my fall decorations on display and am just itching to put a pot of chili on the stove.  I love the changing of the seasons, (Even though they are barely noticeable in Tampa) and really get into the spirit.

The recipe was very simple to prepare and didn’t even require the use of an electric mixer.  Peeling and dicing the apples was tedious and required the majority of time.  other than that, it was a breeze!  Although these are called “brownies”, I found the recipe more similar to an apple cake.  The “brownies” were extremely moist and delicious.  The original recipe didn’t call for a glaze, but I thought it would make a nice addition, so I made one.

Helpful Hints:

  • Dice the apples very small, so they will cook well during the baking process.
  • I thought the brownies needed a little more cinnamon and some nutmeg.  Taste the batter before putting it into the prepared pan.  If you would like a little more spice, add it it small increments, until you achieve the desired taste.
  • Don’t over bake!  The best thing about these brownies is how moist they are.  Over baking will dry them out.
  • This recipe can be easily cut in half.  I did and the results were excellent.  For the half recipe, I used a 10½ x 6½ x 1½ pan and baked the brownies for 37 minutes…PERFECTION!



  • 3  c. all purpose flour
  • 3  c. apples, peeled, cored and diced fine (3-4 medium apples – I used Gala)
  • 2  c. sugar
  • 1  tsp. cinnamon (add more if you like)
  • 1/4  tsp. nutmeg
  • 1  tsp. baking soda
  • 1  tsp. salt
  • 1/3  c. orange juice
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  c. vegetable oil


  • 1  c.  powdered sugar
  • 2  Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2  Tbsp. boiling water
  • 1/2  tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325˚.  Grease and flour a 13 x 9 pan.  In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon to combine.  Add the remaining wet ingredients and the chopped apples.  Mix with a wooden spoon, until everything is mixed well.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check on the brownies after the 45 minutes.  If they are still too pale and wet looking, leave them in the oven for a few more minutes. 

While brownies are cooling, prepare glaze.  Mix together all glaze ingredients, until smooth.  Add more boiling water if glaze is too thick.  Drizzle over warm cake, using a spoon.  Serve as a breakfast treat or a dessert, with vanilla ice cream on the side.

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