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Apple Fudge Brownies: Easy Way to Use Apples (Fresh or Dried)

Apple Fudge Brownies are an easy way to use apples, especially when you have a couple of slightly shriveled apples sitting in the fruit bowl that no one wants to eat. They’re too old or even mealy.

Apple Fudge Brownies with The Cookie Elf

That attitude can change in a hurry. I’ve seen it in my own house. Grate a couple of apples, throw them into the brownie batter and all of a sudden, your family members are nicey-nicey.

Of course you can use crisp, fresh apples in this recipe. And I like to chop dried apples and sprinkle them on the top of the brownies, too.

Either way, this recipe is a quick fix.  

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 28-32 minutes

Makes 35 brownies


1 18-ounce brownie mix 

½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted 

2 eggs

2 apples, finely grated (about ¾ cup), undrained

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, divided 

½ cup dried apples, finely chopped (optional)

Directions for Apple Fudge Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, allowing ends to drape over edges of the pan. Spray the pan liner with vegetable spray. Set it aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, place brownie mix, melted butter, and eggs. Combine the mixture using an electric mixer or wooden spoon just until ingredients are blended and dry ingredients are absorbed. Fold in chopped apples and ½ cup chopped nuts.
  3. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Use an angled spatula to spread it evenly. 
  4. Sprinkle the brownie surface with remaining nuts and dried apples.
  5. Bake brownies 28-32 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove pan from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  6. Set the baking pan to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow brownies to firm for cutting. 
  7. Remove brownies from the refrigerator. Lift the brownies from the pan by grasping the ends of the foil or paper liner and transferring them to a cutting board. Peel away foil or paper layer. Use a sharp knife to cut brownies into squares.
  8. Store brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator with waxed paper in between layers.

Special Baking Tips for Apple Fudge Brownies

Melted butter gives the brownies a richer flavor, but you can substitute vegetable oil.

You can chop apples finely in a food processor rather than using a grater, but do not drain them. The apple juice helps moisten the brownies.

The walnuts and dried apples are optional but make the brownie surface look better – optional if you’re simply feeding hungry troops at home.

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