Apple Brownies Recipe

This is not a healthy recipe; I just have to say that before getting into this post. With a whopping two cups of oil and three-and-a-half cups of sugar, this recipe for Apple Brownies is anything but healthy. However, if you want a cake-like dessert, that resembles coffee cake or a moist apple cake, then this recipe is for you!

apple brownies on a white plate

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Published June 24, 2022
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Why sift the dry ingredients

To sift or not to sift; that is the question.
Sifting dry ingredients into flour has a few benefits when the recipe calls to do so. Sifting increases air in the flour which can then help to keep the batter fluffy. Additionally, sifting dry ingredients helps reduce and eliminate any clumps that were in the ingredients.
For this recipe, sifting the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together is necessary. However, there are many recipes that do not call for sifting the dry ingredients.

sifted dry ingredients under a mesh strainer for apple brownies

Not enough apples?

Halfway through this recipe, there came a realization that there was only three, not four, cups of diced apples. Apple pouches to the rescue! Seriously, applesauce can be substituted in leu of many ingredients. For instance, when making pancakes, and you want to not include oil, substitute applesauce for a great flavor and taste.

cinnamon applesauce in a pouch for apple brownies

These handy cinnamon applesauce pouches were left over from Matthew’s soccer game that was rained out on Monday.

Recipe for Apple Brownies

Ingredients

6 eggs
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 cups diced apples
2 cups oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

9 X 13 baking dish and all ingredients needed for apple brownies

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, add 3 1/2 cups sugar and 6 eggs. Then, using the paddle attachment, mix well on medium speed until fluffy and pale in color.

sugar in mixer bowl and 6 eggs in a bowl

3. To the fluffy sugar mixture, add 2 cups oil and 2 tsp vanilla, then mix well to combine.

4. Lay an 18-inch piece of parchment paper or wax paper onto a clean surface and then using a mesh strainer, sift the dry ingredients. These include the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.

5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the bowl of the KitchenAid mixer 1-cup at a time until fully combined.

6. Add the 4 cups diced apples to the mixture and then mix well to combine.

add diced apples to apple brownies batter in kitchenaid mixer bowl

7. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and then set aside.

sprayed 9 X 13 baking dish on countertop

8. Pour the Apple Brownies mixture into the prepared baking dish and then use a spatula to spread it out evenly in the pan.

9. Sprinkle the top with a mixture of 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon if desired.

10. Finally, bake for 50-75 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

fully baked apple brownies in baking pan cooling on countertop

Remove from the oven, let rest for 10 minutes to cool and enjoy!
~Monica

piece of apple brownies on a white plate

Apple Brownies Recipe

Apple Brownies Ingredients

6 eggs
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 cups diced apples
2 cups oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

Apple Brownies Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, add 3 1/2 cups sugar and 6 eggs. Then, using the paddle attachment, mix well on medium speed until fluffy and pale in color.
3. To the fluffy sugar mixture, add 2 cups oil and 2 tsp vanilla, then mix well to combine.
4. Lay an 18-inch piece of parchment paper or wax paper onto a clean surface and then using a mesh strainer, sift the dry ingredients. These include the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the bowl of the KitchenAid mixer 1-cup at a time until fully combined.
6. Add the 4 cups diced apples to the mixture and then mix well to combine.
7. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and then set aside.
8. Pour the Apple Brownies mixture into the prepared baking dish and then use a spatula to spread it out evenly in the pan.
9. Sprinkle the top with a mixture of 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon if desired.
10. Finally, bake for 50-75 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, let rest for 10 minutes to cool and enjoy!
~Monica

apple brownies cooling on countertop

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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