I know I can walk into any grocery store and pick out no less than one dozen varieties of apples to feast upon. Yet, I get stuck buying the same old same old. I love my Fuji apples, I think they are consistently sweet, juicy and delicious. But I decided it was time for me to be brave. It was time to branch out and try something new.
My search for a new apple to love led me to my local Meijer store where my eyes landed on a bag of Michigan apples. They were a beautifully red and perfectly shaped; and they were all mine After sampling two or three apples; I decided that these little babies would need to be baked into a surprise after-school treat for the kids.. A pie was more effort than I could muster. Blondie brownies, on the other hand, would be perfect. They are quick, easy and would be ready by the time the kids came home from school.
This recipe is outstanding. The apple brownies are tender with a slightly cracked top. The apples are juicy and flavorful; not too tart or too sweet. The caramel bits supply the right amount of sweetness to these apple brownies. There is plenty of cinnamon in the batter, but for good measure, I added a cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the brownies just before baking.
These caramel apple brownies are fabulous when they are fresh from the oven. A little ice cream on top would be heavenly, but a tall glass of milk works just as well. Perhaps I’ll make an apple pie someday, but until then these caramel apple brownies will keep us happy and satisfied!
- 1 cup softened butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 t baking powder
- 2 t cinnamon
- 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped and peeled
- 1 cup caramel bits
- cinnamon sugar
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray and set aside. In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar and mix until creamy. Add eggs one at a time until each is well mixed. Add in flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Add in chopped apples until blended. Batter will be thick.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle caramel bits over batter and press in slightly. Bake for 45 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Cinnabon Sprinkles.
I’m pleased to have partnered with Produce for Kids to bring awareness to the campaign that is taking place at all Meijer stores now through September 26 to raise funds for Jump with Jill. Be on the lookout out for the Produce for Kids display in the produce department of all Meijer stores to find out how you can help support nutrition education in schools.
*In partnership with these companies, Produce for Kids is donating at least $50,000 to benefit nutrition education through Jump with Jill.
Produce For Kids Recipes Your Family Will Love:
One-Pot Chicken Lo Mein: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/one-pot-chicken-lo-mein
Caramel Apple Banana Bites: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/caramel-apple-banana-bites
Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/pear-stuffed-baked-apples
Easy One-Dish Chicken & Veggie Bake: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/easy-one-dish-chicken-veggie-bake
Greek Breakfast Casserole: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/greek-breakfast-casserole
Tex-Mex Taco Salad Bowls: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/tex-mex-taco-salad-bowls