I decided to make these scrumptious apple blondies bars because October is national apple month, and they are my go-to fruit — especially pink ladies. I’ve tried my hand at baked apples and apple pie, but that has been the extent of my use of apples, other than eating them raw with a little peanut butter. I went on a search to find a more interesting way to use apples and decided to give apple blondies a try. I was sold even before I tasted them. My kitchen smelled so delicious. The frosting and candied walnut topping really takes these up a notch of sweetness, which I personally love, but I think the blondies would also be ultra tasty without adding any toppings at all. Try them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!Adapted from Cookies and Cups
- 2/3 cup room temperature butter
- 2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup peeled, chopped tart apple (1 large)
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, pecans would work well too!)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup candied walnuts (recipe below)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 9×13 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar with a mixer until smooth.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients on low until just combined.
- Stir in the chopped apples, toffee bits and walnuts until evenly distributed.
- Spread in prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the center is set.
- Let cool completely before slicing or frosting.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add brown sugar and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Stir in powdered sugar with a whisk.
- Let cool until it thickens enough to spread.
- Stir before spreading on top of blondies.
- Let frosting set for 30 minutes and then cut into bars.
Candied Walnuts Directions
- 1 ½ cups walnuts (toasted)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- Place sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat until it starts to melt. Quickly add the walnuts and mix to cover completely. Once they are well-coated, spread them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and break up the nuts so they don’t form clumps. Let cool.