Apples and Cream Caramel Brownies

I discovered this recipe and many other fantastic ones on Picky Palate, a blog, you should not miss.  I was thinking of joining in the fun on the new Improv Challenge and was thinking of baked goods to make.  Brownies popped into mind and a did a search for Apple Caramel Brownies and I hit the jackpot.

Apples N’ Cream Caramel Topped Brownies

1 Box Pillsbury Brownie Mix, Family size, 9×13 (I made my own brownie recipe – below)

8 ounces Tofutti cream cheese

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons margarine

4 small-medium baking apples, peeled and thinly sliced

4 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup chopped walnuts (or other nut of choice)

Prepared Caramel sauce, warmed in microwave

Method

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare brownies  as below or use a mix.  Pour into a 11×7 inch  baking dish that’s been sprayed with Canola Oil.  Place softened Tofutti cream cheese and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.  Place dollops of cheese over brownie batter.  Use a butter knife to carefully swirl without dragging against the bottom of dish.

2.   Place butter into a large skillet over medium heat to melt.  Add apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped walnuts.  Cook and stir for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour evenly over brownies.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until center of brownies are cooked through.  Remove and let cool completely before cutting into squares.    (Instead of a drizzle, I used caramel chips, which melted into topping.)

Brownie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (Second third)
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Grease and flour a baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda. Add 1/3 cup vegetable oil and boiling water. Mix until well blended and thickened. Stir in the sugar, eggs, and remaining 1/3 cup oil. Finally, add the flour, vanilla and salt; mix just until all of the flour is absorbed. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Go back to directions for the whole recipe, above.

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10 comments on “Apples and Cream Caramel Brownies

  1. I’ve never had apples with brownies before (applesauce instead of oil, but not the same thing). Brownies are one of my favorite desserts–this version sounds like something I need to try. Your swirls on top look great!

  2. Pingback: Make A Good Brownie | Young's Blog

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