Apple Blondies are a softer version of a traditional blondie. Cinnamon spiced apples give them moisture and sweetness, a perfect fall dessert. Great for a snack but sweet enough for dessert.
I’ve been trying to find a good way to incorporate apples into a dessert bar, however, while my first attempt was delicious, it was just too gooey to eat with your hands. I turned to a blondie base and added apples and pecans for an apple blondie that you can eat with your fingers.
These are super moist but stay together, just like a blondie. I used Honey Crisp apples and the flavor and texture were both a hit. I got approval from all tasters and since they are so easy to eat, they haven’t stayed around long. You can easily double the recipe.
What will you need for this fall dessert
- Apples – 1-2 slightly tart apples like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith, peeled and chopped.
- Pecans – toasted so that you get the deep rich nutty flavor.
- Cinnamon – it’s the perfect spice with apples
- Pantry staples – butter, brown sugar, egg, flour, baking powder.
How do you make a buttery apple blondies
Blondies are pretty easy to make even if you take an extra step to brown the butter like in my basic blondie recipe. These are no exception. A mixer makes it much easier but you could get by with a spoon and some elbow greast.
Step 1: Cream the butter and sugar. Add an egg and the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
Step 2: Fold in toasted pecans and chopped apples. The mixture will be very thick. Spread into a baking dish and bake for about 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
I don’t think these need any frosting. They have sweetness from the apples and brown sugar and a frosting might cover up the delicious buttery taste.
Try using a Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. They will keep their shape when baking and ad a great tart flavor.
These will stay fresh at room temperature for a couple of days but the best way to store them is in the freezer. They don’t take long to thaw.
If you are buying apples from the grocery, and they are large apples which is typically what you see at the grocery, you will beed 1-2 apples.
I think the easiest way to toast pecans is in the oven at 350º for about 5 minutes. Check on them frequently so they don’t burn.
Looking for more apple desserts
- Apple dumplings
- Apple Crisp
- Apple cobbler with sweet potato biscuits
- Apple hand pies
- Apple and pear galette
- Grilled apples
- Apple pie bars
- Apple blondies
- Apple cinnamon rolls
- Apple spice cake
Dessert bar recipes you’ll love to make
Adapted from Southern Bite
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1½ cups apples peeled, cored and diced (1-2 apples)
- ½ cup chopped pecans toasted
- Preheat oven to 350º and prepare an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and non-stick cooking spray.
- Toast the pecans and set aside. Peel, and dice apples, set aside.
- With an electric mixer or hand held, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the egg and mix well.
- In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, do not over mix. Once combined, stir in the chopped apples and toasted pecans. The mixture will be thick.
- Spread the batter into the baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and set. Cool and cut into squares.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- This recipe can easily be doubles
- To toast the pecans, heat in a 350º oven for 5 minutes or until they start to darken.
- Use a tart apple like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp.
- Do not over mix the batter once you have added the dry ingredients.