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.)ย  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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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.ย  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
    sippitysup
    September 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

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

  • Reply
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    So perfect for Fall snacking! Love the maple frosting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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