Apple Brownies

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A warmly spiced chocolate apple brownie studded with fresh apple bits in each bite, these apple brownies are a must-make apple dessert.

Do you love apple desserts? If so, move away from the apple crisp and apple muffins and set your eyes on these apple brownies. This glorious brownie masterpiece includes a moist brownie base that’s overloaded with fresh diced apples, crunchy nuts, and warm cinnamon. Sounds good, right?

Fortunately, this apple brownie recipe is so easy to make. First, gather your ingredients: butter, salt, sugar, cocoa, egg, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, apples, and pecans. Then we’re going to cream together the butter and sugar, add the remaining wet ingredients, then combine the dry ingredients separately and add them in next. All that’s left to do is fold in the nuts and apples and it’s time to bake!

Soon your home will be filled with the beautiful smell of these homemade apple brownies. Let me tell ya, they are such a treat. Sometimes I just add a dusting of confectioner’s sugar, but if you want to pull out all the stops, pair an apple brownie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy! These chocolate apple brownies make an incredible potluck dessert, holiday gathering treat, or dessert to break up the week.

If you love baking desserts with fruit try these recipes; Fruit Cocktail CakeEasy Fruit Pie Cookie BitesApple PieEasy Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler RecipePeach Bars, and Caramel Banana Pie (a.k.a Easy Banoffee Pie)

ingredients for apple brownies

Recipe Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter 
  • Salt 
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Egg 
  • All-purpose flour 
  • Baking soda 
  • Baking powder
  • Ground cinnamon 
  • Fresh apples 
  • Chopped pecans or chopped walnuts (optional) 

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Apple Brownies

Add some powdered sugar if you like for a little extra texture and a sweet taste.

bite taken out of apple brownie on counter.

Enjoy your apple brownies!


  • You will want to allow your brownies to fully cool, then transfer the brownies into an airtight container. I recommend refrigerating the brownies to help preserve the apples. They can be stored on the counter for up to 2 days, but in the fridge, they will last up to 5 days. 
  • You can also freeze any brownies you don’t plan to eat. Ha! That’s funny, as I always plan to eat every bite! But just in case… slice and then place in a freezer-friendly container. Freeze the brownies for up to 4 months. Thaw on the counter or in the fridge overnight before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • I used Granny Smith apples for these apple brownies. The Granny Smiths are tart and add a nice tang. You are welcome to use any baking apple of your choice. 
  • Pecans or walnuts are great nuts to add to the brownies.
  • Cut apple pieces in smaller chunks if you have some youngins that don’t like “chunky stuff” in their food. You can even puree them to the texture you desire before you add them to the brownie batter.
  • Consider adding 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips for added sweetness. Because it’s not sweet enough already, right?!
  • Make sure to not over-bake the brownies or they will dry out. 
  • For a more caramelized flavor, use a combination of white sugar and brown sugar i.e. 1 cup of white sugar and half a cup of brown sugar.
  • If you like, substitute the ground cinnamon for apple pie spice (or pumpkin pie spice if that’s what you’ve got).

Recipe FAQs

Should I peel apples for brownies?

I do recommend peeling the apples for this particular dessert. The skin on apples offers a chew to them that isn’t going to compliment the brownies. Having peeled apples will allow for the apple flavor without a chewy texture.

What apples are used for baking?

Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Jonagold, and Braeburn are all great apples to use when baking. They will offer sweet and tart flavors to your desserts, but hold up as it bakes. Some varieties of apples will break down too much and become mushy.

Can I use salted butter in this recipe?

If you use salted butter, just leave out the 1/4 teaspoon of salt in the recipe. The butter will have enough salt in it that you won’t want to add the extra. Otherwise, it will make your brownies too salty.

How do you serve apple brownies?

These apple brownies taste delicious as is, with a dusting of powdered sugar, with a scoop of ice cream, or with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Pick ya poison!

How do you make apple blondies?

If you want more apple blondies than chocolate apple brownies, all you need to do is omit the cocoa powder.

bite taken out of brownie on counter

Apple Brownies

A warmly spiced chocolate apple brownie studded with fresh apple bits in each bite, these apple brownies are a must-make apple dessert.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, brownies
Servings: 24 brownies
Calories: 101kcal


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced into chunks or pureed if you don't like the chunks
  • 3/4 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt
  • Beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs and mix well. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined. Stir in apple chunks and nuts.
    1 cup softened butter, 1.5 cups white sugar, 2 eggs, 2 cups Granny Smith apples, 3/4 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Pour batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve with ice cream or top with powdered sugar if desired.


For those who want the apples to be softer, you can cut them into smaller pieces or puree them for a short time to break up the fiber a bit and them add them into the mix when directed. Also, remember the nuts are optional if you don't like the crunch in the brownie.


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
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  1. The recipe doesn’t call for any cocoa powder! It shows on the photos and descriptions but not in the recipe or ingredients. HELP!!

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