Apple Blondies put a perfect-for-fall spin on an indulgent dessert. Sweet, tangy apples pair with classic spices for a warm baked treat ready to enjoy with your favorite coffee.
Fall is in the air, and it’s time to turn on the ovens and pull out all those recipes we’ve been wanting to bake. Apples are a classic autumn fruit, and this apple blondies recipe adds the flavor of apple pie with a rich, chewy bar. Serve it as is or topped with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!
Simple and delicious Apple Blondies Recipe
Blondies are soft and chewy treats similar to brownies, but in this recipe, apples and warm spices take the place of gooey chocolate. The name “blondie” comes from the light brown color. The buttery flavor of these bars is rich and comforting, like a favorite sweater on a chilly day.
Serve these yummy apple blondies as a weekend celebration after dinner with the family, or cover them and take them with you to a friend’s house for coffee and conversation. No one will be able to pass these up!
- Gala apple – You can use any apples for this recipe. Galas are a common variety that adds a little extra sweetness to baked goods
- Ground cinnamon – Mix half with your apple mixture, and whisk the rest in a bowl with the flour
- Nutmeg – Adds classic apple pie flavor
- Lemon juice – Fresh or bottled, whatever you have
- Sugar – We use both white and light brown sugar in this recipe
- Unsalted butter – If you only have salted butter, leave out the additional salt
- Vanilla – For the best flavor, use good quality vanilla extract
- Crushed pecans – Optional, but delicious!
How To Make Apple Blondies
Step 1. Prepare
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
Step 2. Prep the apple
Peel, core, and chop the apple into small pieces. Place the pieces in a bowl and toss with half a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and sugar. Completely coat the apples with the sugar and spice mixture, then set them aside.
Step 3. Mix the dry ingredients
Whisk the flour, salt and remaining half teaspoon of cinnamon in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Step 3. Mix the wet ingredients
In a separate large bowl, cream the sugars and butter until light and fluffy using a hand mixer. Add in the eggs and vanilla, and mix well.
Hint: Creaming the butter and sugar works best when the butter is at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge an hour or so before you plan to assemble the blondies. If you forget, 15-20 seconds in the microwave should do the trick. It should be soft but not melty.
Step 4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. Gently fold the apples and crushed pecans into the batter.
Step 5. Bake
Spoon the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly. Bake for 28-32 minutes at 350 degrees. When it is done, the edges will be set and the middle will still be soft. Remove the dish from the oven and set aside for at least 40 minutes to cool before cutting and serving.
- Flour – You can also use gluten-free flour if you prefer. The texture will be a little different, and you may need an extra egg.
- Nutmeg – You can use apple pie spice or pumpkin spice instead
- Apples – Try using peaches or pears instead of apples for a fruity twist
Q: What is the difference between a brownie and a blondie?
A: Brownies have cocoa and blondies don’t. Both have a rich, soft and chewy texture. Blondies usually have more of a butterscotch or molasses flavor and lighter color due to the brown sugar and the absence of chocolate.
Q: Should blondies be gooey?
A: Like brownies, blondies harden when they are overbaked. In order to achieve the soft and chewiness you want in a blondie, take them out of the oven when they are still soft and slightly underdone in the middle. They will set as they cool.
Q: What makes blondies turn out cakey?
A: Overmixing incorporates too much air into the batter and will make the blondies fluffier, more like cake. Adding too much liquid, melting the butter, or replacing eggs with bananas will also give the blondies a lighter cakelike texture.
If you loved Apple Blondies, try these recipes next!
- Valentine M&M Blondies
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bar
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- How to Make Apple Pie Spice
- 1 large gala apple
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 ½ tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp unsalted sweet cream butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup crushed pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper
- Core, peel, and chop the apple into small pieces.
- Add the chopped apple pieces in a bowl with cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and sugar. Toss well. Set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and cinnamon
- In a large bowl, cream together with a hand mixer - brown sugar, sugar, and melted butter
- Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Mix well to blend.
- Slowly add in small amounts of the flour mixture. Mix after each addition until completely blended in.
- Gently fold in the apples and crushed pecans in to the batter.
- Add to the prepared dish and spread evenly
- Bake at 350 degrees for 28-32 minutes
- When done, remove from the oven and set aside in the baking dish for at least 40 minutes.