Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Annette Joseph
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours
Makes about 2 dozen

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350º. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Step 2

Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients.

Step 3

Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients; add to brown sugar mixture, and stir until blended. Stir in apples and pecans. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan; spread in an even layer.

Step 4

Bake at 350º for 35 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Cut into bars.

Ratings & Reviews

tahini's Review

September 12, 2012
Just made these with a few minor changes. I used 3/4 cup butter instead of 1 cup and switched out 1/4 cup applesauce and I added more apples.I didn't have pecans, I used chopped walnuts instead. Next time I plan to use half cup butter with half cup of applesauce. Nonetheless, these are so wonderful. They smell and taste so fragrant because of the combination of apples and brown sugar. They are a perfect Fall dessert. I am thinking of giving them a thin layer of cream cheese frosting to add another layer of elegance. I think this is a great base recipe that anyone could make their own by adding extras such as cranberries, or any other dried fruit, maybe even golden raisins soaked in brandy.......mmmmm!

ellewis's Review

November 04, 2011
I made these for my book group. I had 2 requests for the recipe. I used macintosh apples. They're better the second day. The apple flavor mellowed out and they were even moister.

daddyotiger's Review

October 25, 2011
Very Good. I used mixture of Honey Crisp & Mutsu. Mine turened out more cake like than brownie like in texture.

mamaKt's Review

October 16, 2011
Moist, tasty, and not overly sweet. A quick, easy fall treat sure to please kids and adults alike.

Karensowens's Review

October 16, 2011
These were great! I made them for a meeting and everyone loved them. They are also awesome right from the fridge. A keeper.

wgoins1943's Review

October 07, 2011
This recipe is AWESOME! However, we substituted Golden Delicious instead of Granny Smith apples. Using Golden Delicious makes the brownies sweet, moist and unbelievably delicious.

tracytalesnick's Review

October 03, 2011

jreed8dx's Review

October 03, 2011
These were good, but they didn't blow us away. We actually didn't think they were sweet, even with 2 cups of sugar. They reminded us of a breakfast bar more than dessert. Won't make these again.

Novice's Review

September 09, 2011

vsholt's Review

September 06, 2011
add 1/4 tsp. cinnamon to the batter and frost with the frosting from the apple cream cheese bundt cake from this website. delicious.