Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

Maple Frosted Apple Blondes from theviewfromgreatisland.com
Maple Frosted Apple Blondies are the ultimate Fall treat! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies — these are moist dense blondies studded with tart apple chunks and topped with an ultra-sweet maple glaze — hello Fall!

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies...welcome to Fall! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

These were mighty hard to resist.  I recommend having company around to help out with the eating part (you don’t want to be left alone with a pan of these, trust me.)  I’ll be honest, these Maple Frosted Apple Blondies are intensely sweet, sweeter than most of the desserts here at tvfgi.  And there’s something about the texture of the blondie paired with the maple sugar frosting (and the bits of tart Granny Smith apple) that makes them addictive.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies, an intensely sweet homage to Fall! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

When I have an idea for a recipe I often start by going back to something I’ve already had success with to use as a base for my experimentation.  In this case I loved the texture of my Banana Blondies, and figured they’d be a good starting point for these.  I guessed I could easily replace the mashed banana with apple butter, since they both have a similar consistency, and I was right.  I was able to add the chopped apples without any other adjustment, so it was a pretty straightforward adaptation.

Making Maple Frosted Apple Blondies ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Maple is a fabulous flavor but it can be difficult to infuse into baked goods.  I like to reduce pure maple syrup by boiling it, which concentrates the flavor.  In essence I make a maple caramel base for this frosting — and the result is a fudgy maple layer that is sooooo good.

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TIP: You can infuse maple into your baking in several other ways.  For instance there is maple extract, (use it just like vanilla extract) maple powder, (dehydrated maple syrup) and maple sugar, (use it in a 1 to 1 ratio for regular sugar.)

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

The maple/caramel frosting sets up fast, so have everything ready to go and spread it immediately after pouring it onto the (mostly) cooled blondies.

TIP: Be sure to sift your powdered sugar, if you skip this step you can wind up with lumps in your glaze.

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies are the perfect Fall snack~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

Ingredients

    blondies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and finely diced (1 cup)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
    maple frosting
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp cream, or milk
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar, sifted

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Lightly spray a 9x9 square baking dish.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until well blended.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Fold in the apple butter and the chopped apples.
  5. Fold in the flour, mixing just until combined.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until set in the middle and a toothpick comes out without wet batter clinging to it (there can be moist crumbs.) Cool on a rack.
  7. To make the maple frosting, put the maple syrup in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil Boil for about 5 minutes, until reduced to 1/2 cup. Take off the heat and add the butter and cream and stir to combine and melt the butter. Whisk in the sifted powdered sugar and blend until smooth. Pour over the blondies and spread out with a spatula. The frosting will set up quickly so don't dawdle.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/maple-frosted-apple-blondies/

notes:

  • Granny Smith apples (the green ones) are great in this recipe because their tartness contrasts with the overall sweetness of the bars, plus, they hold their shape and don’t turn to mush.
  • Line your pan with parchment paper with overhanging ends so you can lift out your blondies for neater cutting, if you like.  I did.

 

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49 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ WrittenByJennifer
    September 26, 2016 at 10:33 am

    We have guests coming to visit in two weeks. I know what I’m making. Maybe I should make a test batch before then…you know for quality control purposes.

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    SallyBR
    September 26, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Made them yesterday, and they are sitting in our departmental mail room as I type.. ;-)

    they are delicious, however I had to adapt the icing, as “someone” left just a couple of tablespoons inside the maple bottle, and I could not make the reduction as planned. But I have maple extract, so that was not too bad of a disaster…

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 26, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Isn’t that so annoying when ‘someone’ does that?? I’m so glad you had the extract, I’m sure that worked perfectly. Thanks Sally!

      • Reply
        SallyBR
        September 27, 2016 at 7:27 am

        Yeah, that “someone” better get me another bottle next time he stops by the grocery store… ;-) Everyone loved the blondies, by the way – they were gone before 10am!

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    Chris Scheuer
    September 26, 2016 at 5:58 am

    What a brilliant way to infuse fall into a universally favorite treat! Love these flavors together!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 5, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      maple and apple were made for each other….

  • Reply
    Monique
    September 24, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Piined..they look amazing!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    September 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    You had me at maple frosted… be still my heart!

  • Reply
    cheri
    September 23, 2016 at 9:51 am

    These look dangerous Sue, I will have to bake these with company already in house. Love all the baking that comes with this season.

  • Reply
    Liz
    September 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I like blondies even more than brownies—and with apple??? These are irresistible!!!

  • Reply
    grace
    September 23, 2016 at 6:54 am

    this is precisely why i love fall!

  • Reply
    Barbara
    September 23, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Ditto your comment to me, Sue! And I saw this on Facebook, was drooling. Is there anything better than maple syrup with apples? Just loving the autumn recipes…even though Florida is still in the 90’s!
    You take the most fabulous photos. Think I am getting LAZY.

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 23, 2016 at 8:12 am

      We’re still in the 90’s too Barbara, it’s so dispiriting…

  • Reply
    Adina
    September 23, 2016 at 3:15 am

    I haven’t made blondies in a while, yours really make me want to bake some again. That frosting looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Virginia Graves
    September 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    yummy yummy yummy what else can I say thanks so much

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I love blondies just as much as brownies Sue and these look perfect for fall! That icing is just perfect. I bet the maple apple combo is delicious!

  • Reply
    Vicki Bensinger
    September 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    These look amazing! I could feel my mouth salivating just looking at these. I love and hate fall just because of all these luscious recipes. I love to eat the food and hate that when I do, I gain weight. This is one of those desserts you just have to indulge in and forget about the waistline.

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    Velva
    September 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Sue, this is beautiful. Decadent and delicious. Of course maple is the flavor of fall-delicious!

    Velva

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
    September 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I love the apple and maple combination. The apple blondies look moist and the maple frosting… you know I think I could eat the whole pan.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    You are amazing Sue! These sound perfect for the season and the addition of apple butter was brilliant. Pinning and drooling!

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