Friday, November 5, 2010
12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies #6 - Apple Brownies
These past few weeks, I've been baking up a lot of things with pumpkin - cornbread, blondies, and even brownies. After all, 'tis the season. But, then I thought, why should pumpkin get all the credit? It's time to put apples back in the spotlight. So, I decided to make Apple Brownies.
I found the recipe on the site, Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go. However, I did modify the recipe slightly to add even more flavor. Instead of using only cinnamon in the batter, I also added some cardamom. I don't know if that makes a big difference, but the bars certainly taste delicious so it doesn't hurt. If you don't have any on hand, don't worry about it. Cinnamon alone would still make great bars or you could swap in a little nutmeg or your own favorite spice instead of the cardamom.
In addition, I added some cinnamon sugar to the top of the brownies. This, to me, is a definite must and I highly recommend it because, as I've said before, cinnamon-sugar makes everything better. Although, I'm kind of thinking that I might like these with a powdered sugar glaze too. Or, heh heh, a cinnamon powdered sugar glaze. Now we're talking.
But, whether you sprinkle them, glaze them, or frost them, these bars will be absolutely amazing. They're cakey and extremely moist due to all the apples in the mix. They literally will melt in your mouth, I'm not kidding. Now you know this little secret - brownies do not have to be chocolate. Nope, apples can make some really good brownies too.
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Apple Brownies (adapted from Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go)
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamom
3 large or 4 small apples, peeled and diced
cinnamon-sugar (for sprinkling)
Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and apples. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 45 min. or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
This recipe is linked to:
A Prairie Story's Recipe Swap Thursday
Family Friendly Fridays
Vegetarian Foodie Fridays
What's Cookin' in the Kitchen Fridays
Moms Crazy Cooking "This Week's Cravings - Thanksgiving Cookies and Desserts"
Week 6 Twelve Weeks of Christmas: