Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

Maple Frosted Apple Blondes from 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

maple frosted apple blondies are 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 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 irresistible. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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

what you’ll need for moist apple blondies

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.

  • apple
  • apple butter
  • maple syrup
  • butter
  • cream
  • brown sugar
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • egg
  • flour
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • salt
Making Maple Frosted Apple Blondies ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

infusing maple flavor into the frosting

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.

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

We adore maple!

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4.34 from 96 votes

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies

Maple Frosted Apple Blondies — these are moist dense blondies studded with tart apple chunks and topped with an ultra-sweet maple glaze — hello Fall!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Calories 386kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • 9×9 square baking pan

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 unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Instructions

  • Set oven to 350F
  • Lightly spray a 9×9 square baking dish.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until well blended.
  • Beat in the egg, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Fold in the apple butter and the chopped apples.
  • Fold in the flour, mixing just until combined.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cook’s 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Maddy
    November 23, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Making it again and double it! Quick question, how do you store these the best way possible as so they don’t dry out?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      November 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      They don’t really dry out, in fact they get moister as they sit, so I wouldn’t worry about it for a day or two.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    October 15, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    5 stars
    These are absolutely fabulous!!!! Everyone loved them….WOW!!!!

  • Reply
    Mary Faber
    September 27, 2021 at 11:09 am

    3 stars
    Followed the recipe, batter flavor was amazing but when cooked the texture was a little dark and dense. My niece’s comment was they taste a whole lot better than they look! Not sure if it was something I did or the fact that there was not a leavening ingredient. If I made again, would try adding a leavening.

  • Reply
    Anna
    February 11, 2021 at 6:34 am

    5 stars
    Hi I’m so excited to try this recipe, it looks amazing! I’m in ireland and can’t get apple butter here, I’ve looked up some recipes for it but it looks like it’ll take a couple of hours to make. Can I substitute homemade apple sauce instead?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 11, 2021 at 6:40 am

      I would cook down the apple sauce on the stove to reduce some of the liquid, Anna, that will concentrate the flavor and make it thicker.

      • Reply
        Anna
        February 11, 2021 at 8:15 am

        5 stars
        That’s great thank you so much! I will comment again when I’m done 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly Marie
    September 11, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    4 stars
    This definitely needs at least an hour to bake.

    also, I didn’t have a sifter, so I just put the maple frosting back on the stove, so the heat would melt the powdered sugar clumps. worked fine.

    I only used about half of the frosting.

    I was disappointed that the frosting turned out more like syrup than like frosting. The picture makes it look better than it turned out. I used Log Cabin maple syrup (a cheap brand), maybe that is why?

    thx.

  • Reply
    Crystal Magiera
    August 25, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Do you think it would work to make these up ahead and freeze them for 1 month (minus the frosting)?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      October 7, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Yes, that should work fine.

  • Reply
    Nichole Arnold (Lidman)
    August 21, 2020 at 6:55 am

    I tried these and put 1/2 the icing and they were amazing but still too sweet for our taste. I would like to double the blondie part and put the remainder icing on them. What size pan would you suggest I use or do I use the same size and they are just thicker. I am a nurse here in Florida and I like to bake and take things in to make our shift easier.. Thanks for taking to the time to respond.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 21, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Hi Nicole! First of all, thank you for all you’re doing on the ‘front lines’ <3 And I think a 9×13 pan would work because the blondies are so moist you don’t want them much thicker than they are.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    August 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    4 stars
    Not sure what I did wrong-my icing came out runny, thick, sticky? Not enough powdered sugar? Tasted great though.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      Make sure you boil the maple syrup down, Lisa, that reduces excess water and concentrates the flavor.

  • Reply
    Carrie millen
    August 12, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    5 stars
    Love this
    I saw your banana blondies too. I do the maple frosting on my version of banana cake – use maple extract and which is awesome too. Brought back great memories

  • Reply
    Patty Kady
    February 2, 2020 at 8:48 am

    5 stars
    Sue,
    I keep meaning to comment on your recipes but the truth is, I have been trying about 2 a week for the last 6 months and they are all amazing…seriously. I just don’t have time to comment on evey one but I will try to cimment on more…promise. This one I made to take to a party this past fall and they were devoured in no time and 2 of the guests were professional chefs and wanted the recipe. I had extra frosting and saved it in the refrigerator for weeks (no problem) and then used it for your caramel apple bundt cake that I used for another party and didn’t have time to make the sauce. I warmed it up and poured over the cake and it was perfect. I am enjoying trying all these new things and so are my family and friends as they are the recipients!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 2, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Love this Patty, and I appreciate you coming back to comment, it helps the site thrive, for sure. I’m so happy that you’re loving the recipes, I’ll keep them coming!

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