One of my favorite fall treats is apple blondies. This blondie recipe combines the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors, making them a crowd-pleaser when it comes to dessert apple recipes. For a more casual gathering or potluck, you can cut the apple blondies into small squares and serve them as a dessert bar.
Apple blondies are a cross between a classic blondie and apple pie. They’re made with all the same ingredients as a traditional blondie, but with the addition of chopped apples and cinnamon. The result is a chewy, moist bar that’s bursting with flavor. The entire batch is baked and ready to serve in under 1 hour making these the perfect treat to serve for any occasion! Plus, they are a great way to use up any leftover apples you may have on hand.
I love serving them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for the ultimate indulgence.
Whether you’re hosting a fall gathering or just looking for a cozy treat to enjoy on a chilly evening, apple blondies are the perfect choice. They’re easy to make and always a hit with both kids and adults alike.
- unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- light brown sugar, packed (divided)
- large eggs, at room temperature
- pure vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- ground cinnamon
- large apples, peeled and chopped
- white chocolate chips (optional)
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Blondies
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter and 1 ½ cups of brown sugar. Whisk vigorously until the mixture becomes smooth and slightly fluffy.
To this mixture, add the large eggs and a splash of vanilla extract. Continue whisking until the ingredients are well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Gently incorporate these dry ingredients into the large bowl, folding the mixture until it becomes a smooth batter. Be careful not to overmix.
In a small bowl, toss chunks of apples with the remaining brown sugar. Gently fold these sweetened apple chunks (and white chocolate chips, if you like) into the blondie batter.
Transfer the blondie batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it evenly.
Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake until the top turns a light brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, typically around 30-40 minutes. The blondies will set as they cool.
Allow the blondies to cool to room temperature before slicing and serving. Enjoy your delicious chewy apple blondies!
When it comes to storing apple blondies, you can keep them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days.
If you want to keep them fresh for longer, you can store them in the fridge for up to a week. However, keep in mind that they may dry out a bit in the fridge, so it’s best to wrap them in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to help retain their moisture.
If you’re planning to serve the apple blondies as a dessert, there are a few options to consider.
One classic pairing is to serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cool creaminess of the ice cream pairs perfectly with the warm, cinnamon-spiced blondie bars. You can also drizzle some caramel sauce over the top of the bars for an extra touch of sweetness and caramel undertones.
For a more casual gathering or potluck, you can cut the apple blondies into small squares and serve them as a dessert bar. They’re easy to pick up and eat with your hands, making them a great option for a crowd. If you’re short on time, you can also make the apple blondies a couple hours ahead of time and serve them at room temperature.
Variations and Tips
- Experiment with different types of apples: Different types of apples have different flavors and textures, so try out a few different varieties to see which ones you like best. Granny Smith apples are tart and firm, while Honeycrisp apples are sweet and juicy. When making apple blondies, it is important to choose the right type of apple. Granny Smith apples are a popular choice, as they are tart and hold up well during baking. However, you can also use sweeter apples like Honeycrisp or Gala, depending on your personal preference.
- Use brown butter: Brown butter adds a nutty and caramelized flavor to baked goods, and it works especially well in apple blondies. Simply melt butter in a saucepan and cook it until it turns golden brown, then let it cool before adding it to your batter.
- Add nuts: Chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to your blondies. Mix them into the batter or sprinkle them on top before baking.
- Top with caramel sauce: A drizzle of caramel sauce on top of your apple blondies takes them to the next level. You can make your own caramel sauce or use store-bought.
- Serve with ice cream: Warm apple blondies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top is the ultimate fall dessert. It’s perfect for a cozy night in or a dinner party with friends.
Overall, apple blondies are an easy and delicious dessert that’s perfect for fall. With a few pantry staples and some fresh apples, you can whip up a batch of chewy blondies that are sure to become a favorite in your house.
In conclusion, apple blondies are a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a holiday recipe or a sweet treat to enjoy on Labor Day, apple blondies are a great option.