These chewy Maple Glazed Apple Blondies taste like sweet apple pie with a warm maple icing! This homemade apple blondie recipe is the perfect fall dessert! It’s easy, super flavorful, and always a crowd pleaser!
Do you remember that episode of Friends where Chandler and Ross are going to paaar-taaay with their old friend from college? And he can’t come so they decide to go out with Joey, but after only a couple hours on the town, they realize they’re way too old and would rather just hang out at Central Perk drinking coffee (Pumpkin Spice Lattes, preferably) and eating muffins?
That’s pretty much been me my whole life.
Remember when I said I was basically 80 years old? Yeah, I wasn’t kidding.
Catching up with friends over dinner or a cup of coffee is an evening well spent, in my opinion. And when dessert involves blondies that taste like apple pie? Life doesn’t get much better. Unless life gives me Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones or Brownie Bottom Pumpkin Cream Pie.
Now that Labor Day has passed, it is officially fall in my mind. We have crossed into the land of pumpkins, apples, and all things sugar and spice. Right? Even though the calendar doesn’t think fall is coming for a couple more weeks, I think we all know the end of Labor Day is the unofficial start to fall.
Obviously, it’s the unofficial start to baking my weight in all things pumpkin and maple.
Ohhh. It’s going to start getting good around here.
Are you excited? Because I am.
If there are two words I could say to sum up this post, it would be: make these.
And five more words: Do not skip the glaze. I repeat, DO NOT skip the glaze.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 large apples chopped finely
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 and line an 11x7 pan with tin foil (or spray with pan with cooking spray).
- On med-low heat, cook apple filling mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Pull off heat and allow to cool.
- Cream butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in brown sugar and granulated sugar, and mix until well combined.
- Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add in salt and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
- In the bottom of the pan, spread half the blondie batter evenly, using a spatula (or your hands--batter is very thick, so I prefer to spread with my hands).
- Spread apple filling all over the layer.
- Top with remaining blondie batter and spread evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
- Melt butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon over low heat. Once melted together, pull off the heat. Sift in powdered sugar, and whisk until fully combined. Allow to cool for 8-10 minutes so the glaze can thicken.
- Allow bars to cool for about 10 minutes, then pour the glaze over the bars and allow it to set.
- Slice into squares and enjoy!
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This looks delicious, thank you for sharing!
Maple Glazed Apple Blondies
These apple blondies are truly the best bars I have ever had. My husband says, “They are the perfect combination of apple and sweetness, and the sweetness isn’t overbearing. They can be eaten as breakfast bars, used as a coffee cake, or as dessert. They are even delicious frozen.” . . . said as he was eating one right out of the freezer!
Michelle, this looks great, and we’re looking forward to making it. Your recipe calls for an 11×17 pan. Could this be a cookie sheet, or would it need more depth, like a sheet cake pan? Thank you!
Hi Mike, I would use something with more depth, like a cake pan. They do rise so I would be worried they might spill out over a cookie sheet.
Looks delicious, does the butter need to be salted or unsalted?
Hi Paige, unsalted butter. 🙂
I made this tonight – super easy and delicious! Will definitely make again. Thank you!
Absolutely amazing! Could not love this more – my whole family went nuts over them. Such a delicious combination of the flavors of fall – maple, apples, cinnamon and caramel-ly brown sugar. I was concerned about the batter – since as you mentioned it is very thick. I did use my hands to spread it but it did not spread easily – worked out perfectly though. All three aspects of the dish are SO, SO good!
Michelle, these were AMAZING. Sweet, satisfying, chewy, and so, so easy to make. The fam loves them, and I’m no exception. I will definitely be making these again.
Can’t wait to make these! I’m curious what kind of apples you recommend? Sorry if it was already covered!
Hi Dennise, I love to use HoneyCrisp, Jazz, Gala or Fujis. I think the sweeter apple tends to work better in this recipe. 🙂
Is it ok to use brown sugar instead of dark brown and I can’t find dark brown sugar anywhere?
Yes, you can definitely use light brown! 🙂
These are cooling right now waiting doe the glaze! Easy to make and smell amazing! I used honey crisp apples and an 11×8 glass pan that I used Crisco on. I had to have it bake about 15 minutes longer than the recipe said. I think this was because my apples ended up being juicer than anticipated! Just sharing in case others come into the same arena 🙂 looks like they turned out good though! Can’t wait to bring them to family tonight!
Just made these and my home smells like fall. Love the maple glaze, I added walnuts to my topping, just crumbled a few. So delicious!!
I made these today and they are sooo delish! I used Gala apples and an 8X11 pan. They are a little thicker but who cares!
Will absolutely make these again!
We love these blondies. Even for breakfast! Happy to use sweeter apples for once and it complimented the recipe perfectly.
Jan Raith says
Just tried this recipe and it was fabulous! Can’t wait to make it again.
Peel the apples or no?
It’s up to you. 🙂 I don’t peel the apples to save on time, but you definitely can peel them if you prefer.
Made this tonight. I didn’t have an 11×7, I thought 9×13 would spread it too thin by the looks of your photos so I went with my 9×9. I also accidentally added 1 tbsp of baking powder instead of 1 tsp however, it turned out delicious. I did have to cook it for about 45 min for the center to be done. I will be making this again and next time I will add an extra apple. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
These are wonderful! Can you freeze them?
Just made this and it’s SO GOOD. I made double the glaze after seeing how little there was LOL- and everything else just as recipe calls for. Well, I did use salted butter, and I used self rising flour instead of the flour, salt baking powder mixture. Thank you!
Going to leave a comment here and on Pinterest, that’s how good this is! I prepped all the dry ingredients last night so I basically just threw it together this morning for my kids’ first snack. This was FREAKING AMAZING. I have to put my plate away before I eat the whole thing. My husband got me pure maple syrup as a part of my Christmas gift and I do not regret cracking it open for this recipe. I wouldn’t change a thing on the recipe except doubling the batch! Definitely going to give you a follow on pin.