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.

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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Maple Frosted Apple Blondes are the essesnce of Fall --- moist blondies studded with tart bits of apple and topped with an intensely sweet maple frosting ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

48 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!

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        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
    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!

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    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.

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    Liz
    September 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

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

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    grace
    September 23, 2016 at 6:54 am

    this is precisely why i love fall!

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    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!

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    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.

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    September 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Hello fall is right. These look great and I love the close ups!

  • Reply
    Jules @ WolfItDown
    September 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Ahhh that frosting! I feel like an Autumn Squirrel ready to lurk in a tree outside the kitchen window – in case it should be left open and I could sneak a piece :D Yum! I have yet to make blondies – can you believe it?! This has got to change, thanks for the inspiration :) x

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      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Lol!! Any lurking squirrels would be out of luck, between me and my husband we do a pretty thorough job of finishing off these blondies.

  • Reply
    Ardith
    September 22, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I feel like I’m pinning every single recipe you send via email…oh, that’s because I am! I am this close to chewing on the screen right now, just to get a taste of these luscious blondies. This close, I tell you.

    Thank you! Ardith

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      haha, I guess I must be doing something right, wanting to chew the screen is pretty great :)

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    September 22, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Another winner! I come from an area of the country where maple syrup is made. I know lots of people who are going to enjoy this! Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

      I miss living in New Hampshire, where we could tap our own trees!

  • Reply
    terri kuhlman
    September 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Will definitely be making these. Looks delish!!!!

  • Reply
    David
    September 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Oh wow, these look like Fall on a plate! I’m just like you, Sue…whenever I have a new idea, I go back to a recipe base that worked in the past. In fact, recipes like that are usually the ones I like the most…you’re just improving on something that was already good to begin with! Unfortunately, I don’t think there is any way to improve on these blondies, though. They’re already perfect! :-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Especially with baking, David, starting from ground zero is tough!

  • Reply
    Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
    September 22, 2016 at 11:05 am

    You had me at maple! I don’t eat eggs/dairy, but I’m sure I can use substitutes in your recipe. It looks so delicious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Please let us know if you try a vegan version Amy :)

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    September 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Lots of sugar and butter…I bet they taste heavenly!

  • Reply
    Leslie @ Flora Foodie
    September 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Holy drool, these look fantastic! I am a die hard maple fan. I’ve made frosting like this with maple extract before, but I love your reduction idea. Plus I have these super cool crunchy maple flakes of dehydrated syrup – like maple sprinkles :-D

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 10:50 am

      I came up with the reduction idea because I’ve never been happy with the depth of maple flavor when I use it as is, Leslie. And where do you find maple sprinkles?? I need some :)

  • Reply
    2 sisters recipes
    September 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Hello Fall! These are perfect to kick off the season! Love these Sue!

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    sippitysup
    September 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Perfect for the first day of the season. Hello Fall indeed. GREG

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    Silvia
    September 22, 2016 at 10:18 am

    YES!!
    This looks amazing and soooo appetizing.

  • Reply
    nanci
    September 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I am so making these tomorrow night after work! I can’t wait, they sound amazing. Apples AND Maple how fabulous.

  • Reply
    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    September 22, 2016 at 9:47 am

    These sound so amazing! Perfect for the fall :)

  • Reply
    Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels
    September 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Oh my! You had me at Maple Frosted. These look absolutely stunning.

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    September 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Oh my goodness, hello fall is totally right! I have a weak spot for blondies (I’m allergic to cocoa, so I’m biased), and these beauties are seriously calling my name!! Maple and apple is such a delicious combination! Add in some frosting, and holy cow. No words!! Pinned! Cheers!

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      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I had no idea you were allergic to cocoa, then these are right up your alley for sure :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 22, 2016 at 7:20 am

    So perfect for Fall snacking! Love the maple frosting :)

  • Reply
    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen
    September 22, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m already addicted to blondies so there’s no hope for me now. I love the Granny Smith tartness and the smoky maple syrup. Yum, yum, yum!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

      I love your enthusiasm, Hester :)

  • Reply
    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    September 22, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Wow! Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever had a Blondie, lol. I think they’re much more popular in the US than here but then again, we have Nanaimo Bars to make up for that!
    It’s definitely time I tried one of these because your mouthwatering pics are making me want a plate of them for breakfast!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2016 at 7:31 am

      How ’bout I trade you a maple blondie for a nanaimo bar?

  • Reply
    Liz S.
    September 22, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous Blondie recipe for the autumn season! Or anytime :)

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