Friday, November 9, 2012

Grandma's Secret Apple Brownies

 I'm always browsing web sites that have to do with recipes and cooking. Especially during the chilly Autumn months, I love to search for new recipes that have anything to do with apples and cinnamon. I recently found this little gem of a recipe and it's EXACTLY what I was looking for.
  I found it on a website called It was shared by Jessica Harrington (it's HER Grandma, not mine!) and it looked so delicious and simple that I knew I needed to try it. I'm so glad I did! These little squares of heaven are perfect for a brunch, with a cup of tea, or even for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They were a HUGE hit when I made them for my family. And they're so simple to make! And of course there's that "makes the whole house smell warm and cozy while they're baking" factor. Love it!
Thanx, Jessica, for sharing!

3 c all purpose flour
3 c apples
2 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 c orange juice
2 eggs
1 c vegetable oil
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325F.
Grease and flour 9x13 pan. (or spray with baking spray. You know, the kind that has flour in it!)
Peel, core, and finely chop about 3 to 4 apples.
Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl.
Pour into pan.  Bake at 325 for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Cool and cut into squares.

You can use apple juice instead of orange juice. I figured as much as I was first reading the recipe (because the same is true of my Mom's Apple Cake recipe), and my suspicions were confirmed after reading several comments posted along with the recipe. You can also substitute an equal amount of applesauce for the oil. (Actually, you can do that in most baked items. Did you know that??)
 I also read that they freeze very well, so go ahead and make more extra and freeze them for whenever you'd like a sweet treat!

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