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.

By the way, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $45 CSN gift certificate HERE. The giveaway will end on 11/14 so you still have a week to get your entries in.



Apple Brownies (adapted from Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go)

1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
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
Friday Favorites
Family Friendly Fridays
Friday Potluck
Foodie Fridays
Vegetarian Foodie Fridays
What's Cookin' in the Kitchen Fridays
Moms Crazy Cooking "This Week's Cravings - Thanksgiving Cookies and Desserts"
Delicious Dishes
Tailgating Time

Week 6 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

56 comments:

  1. Oh love the Apple Brownies!! I have a huge bowl of apples in my kitchen waiting to be used right now... may have to try these out! Thanks for your recent comment on my blog - I'm off to enter your giveaway!

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  2. Ok, those look so good I'm going to the store today and apples are now on my list! Thanks for sharing... ps love all your recipes!

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  3. I love apple ANYTHING! These are so great, can't wait to make them.
    mickey

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  4. so true! brownies get more exciting when they're not chocolate (or at least not just chocolate)! These sound amazing! I love baking with cardamom and it goes great with apples. good addition!

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  5. Hey Lisa, I've never heard of apple brownies, but they sound delicious;) Especially with cinnamon and cardamom!
    Let me see if I can find your giveaway now...

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  6. I MUST TRY THESE!! I made some pumkpin brownies a few weeks ago, but think that these would be amazing! Getting a little tired of pumpkin, so apple is a great change up!

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  7. Mmmm, so moist and lovely, Lisa! I can just imagine the spicy cinnamon with the deliciously soft apples....

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  8. These apple brownies look like something I would really like! They sound delicious!

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  9. Never heard of Apple brownie this is Brilliant :)

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  10. Yum! I think i will make these this weekend.

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  11. I love apples..what a great recipe!

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  12. Oh my yum!!! You're right, apples need some lovin' too! And these sound delicious!

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  13. I love apple and pumpkin equally, so I welcome recipes from both! I've never seen apple brownies before, but now that I have, I want to make these!

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  14. These look wonderfully delicious. YUM!!!

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  15. Apple Brownies? Oh my! Sounds amazing!!!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  16. Lisa - I get "chocolate'd" out around the holidays (fudge, turtles and more) so LOVE to find good desserts to balance out the flavors. These look superb!
    Maggie

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  17. I never thought about apple brownies before, great idea!! These sound amazing!

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  18. Aye aye on cinnamon sugar making things bettah!

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  19. Great idea and I wish I had one right about now!

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  20. Mmmm - lots of apples combined with cinnamon (and glaze!) sound great. Too bad i just turned all of my apples into applesauce!

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  21. What a fun brownie. I've never heard of apple brownies. Sounds great to me!

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  22. These sounds great, never tried apple for making brownies, looks yum....

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  23. I've never heard of apple brownies before, they sound great:@)

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  24. These look so good and I have a box of apples off my tree waiting to have something delicious done with them! All of the cookies on the blog party make me so hungry. I will need to whip some up and participate!

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  25. Lisa, these are GORGEOUS! I love brownies and blondies -- and I absolutely love cooking with apples. They add such great flavor and texture. Thank you so much for linking up with Friday Potluck!

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  26. So many good things to look at!! Wish I was a better baker!

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  27. I just love the thought of these brownies! Apple Brownies = super yum!

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  28. oh my goodness, these look so good, what a fun idea!

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  29. Hi, Lisa! Thank you for your visit! Well, I am a fellow Asian who loves to be in the kitchen, too! I am Korean. So great to "meet" ya! Look forward to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen. :)

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  30. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Now I'm excitred because you're posting Christams stuff - whoo hoo (I can already tell we're going to be friends :-)

    What a great idea!

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  31. I want apple brownies. I want them badly enough to go and make them. That says a lot. Thanks Lisa.

    Would you link this to my new linky? I need help getting it started. No one knows about it yet. This is perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

    http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2010/11/lets-have-lunch-new-linky.html

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  32. Your brownies look great, Lisa! Love this blog party. Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings, Beth

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  33. A super idea of using apples in brownies. They look delish.
    Angie

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  34. Brownies with no chocolate? I didn't know! Thanks for bringing me into the know! These are wonderful! BTW I love cardomom so I think the addition would be perfect!

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  35. looks so yummy...happy weekend! :)

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  36. Oh what absolutely delicious brownies with apples!
    i love bars with apples and these are super!

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  37. Lovely apple brownies!
    I love apples and these bars wud be so so good with them!

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  38. I love the idea of apples in brownies and especially the cinnamon and sugar on top. I will have to think of a few substitiutions to make them gluten free.. This is my first time on your blog and I will definetely be exploring all the ideas for the 12 weeks of Christmas..

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  39. Cardamomo e maçã é uma combinação perfeita! Ótima idéia fazer um brownie de maçã! Com certeza vou fazer!

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  40. I love anything with apples! These look so good!

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  41. I LOVE cardamom - I use it in everything that calls for cinnamon, ginger, allspice, etc. Sometimes instead of them. These look and sound so good!

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  42. apples go in so many things don't they? This looks delicious!

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  43. Um, hello. Apple pie in brownie form? ABSOLUTELY.

    And I completely agree with you, why should pumpkin get all the glory? Love your blog!

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  44. wow! i have never even thought of apple brownies!!! yum!
    thanks for visiting Mrs. No-No Knows - come by and visit any time! :)
    Carla aka Mrs. No-No
    mrsnonoknows.blogspot.com

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  45. oh these are BEAUTIFUL, Lisa!!!!! So perfect for Fall!

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  46. What a great idea! The 12 weeks of Christmas cookies :) I wish I had known about this! Keep up the good work and I will look forward to seeing your future cookies.

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  47. These sound just wonderful - I love the idea of an apple brownie, and cardamon would give them a fabulous depth of flavour. I like the cinnamon sugar sprinkled over top too. Yum!

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  48. Yummy! Thanks for linking these to This Week's Cravings ~hope to see you next week!

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  49. LOVE the brownies! And Thanks for linking to This Week's Cravings!

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  50. Love the brownies! And all those other cookies. But definitely drooling over the brownies.

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  51. I've never had apples in a brownie. Sounds like a fabulous addition to me.

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  52. cool, they're kinda like blondies eh? Are they fudgy at all?

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  53. Belated thanks to linking this up with Vegetarian Foodie Fridays! I've never heard of apple brownies before but they look terrific. Will definitely give these a try some time.

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