Fall is finally here! While I enjoy the bright sun and warmth of summer, fall will always be my favorite season. There’s just something about the crisp, cool air, leaves crinkling underfoot, and cozy sweaters that call to me. And let’s not forget about the flavors of the season! Of course there’s pumpkin and pumpkin spice everywhere, but I have another go-to… Maple.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pumpkin spice latte as much as the next person, but maple-flavored things are at the top of my favorite fall flavors. Add in some brown sugar and apples, and I’m in heaven! That’s where these Maple Glazed Apple Blondies come into play. They have everything I love about autumn all wrapped up in a nice little blondie bar.
There are three components of this decadent fall dessert. You’ll start by making the apple filling. Combine finely chopped apples, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vanilla in a pot and cook on medium-low heat until the apples are soft. That filling sounds good enough to eat on its own, don’t you think?
Pull the mixture off the stove and set aside to cool. While the filling is cooling down, make the blondie batter. This is a pretty basic batter with the exception of dark brown sugar and cinnamon. It will be very thick! Spread half of the batter on the bottom of your 9×9 pan, followed by a layer of apple filling. Spread the remaining batter on top and bake for 25-30 minutes.
All that’s left to do is make the glaze! Melt butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon over low heat. Once melted together, pull off the heat and sift in powdered sugar, whisking until fully combined. The glaze will be runny at first, but if you let it sit for about 10 minutes, it will thicken right up.
You know the rest – ice those apple blondies! This is seriously one of my new favorite go-to fall dessert recipes! I’m so happy with how these turned out and I know you will be too.
Maple Glazed Apple Blondies
Makes 9 bars
15m prep time
30m cook time
- 2 cups 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 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 large apples, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9x9 pan with tin foil (or spray with cooking spray).
- Combine all of the ingredients for the filling in a pot and cook on med-low heat for about 3-4 minutes. Pull off heat and allow to cool.
- Cream butter until light and fluffy, then add in brown and white sugar. Mix until well combined. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, stir in salt and vanilla extract.
- 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 prepared pan, spread half the blondie batter evenly, using a spatula (the mixture will be thick, you may find it easier to use your 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!
Recipe adapted from A Latte Food.