Fall is finally here! While I enjoy the bright sun and warmth of summer, fall will always be my favorite season. There’s just something about the crisp, cool air, leaves crinkling underfoot, and cozy sweaters that call to me. And let’s not forget about the flavors of the season! Of course there’s pumpkin and pumpkin spice everywhere, but I have another go-to… Maple.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pumpkin spice latte as much as the next person, but maple-flavored things are at the top of my favorite fall flavors. Add in some brown sugar and apples, and I’m in heaven! That’s where these Maple Glazed Apple Blondies come into play. They have everything I love about autumn all wrapped up in a nice little blondie bar.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 large apples chopped finely
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 and line an 11×7 pan with tin foil (or spray with pan with cooking spray).
On med-low heat, cook apple filling mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Pull off heat and allow to cool.
Cream butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in brown sugar and granulated sugar, and mix until well combined.
Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add in salt and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
In the bottom of the pan, spread half the blondie batter evenly, using a spatula (or your hands–batter is very thick, so I prefer to spread with my hands).
Spread apple filling all over the layer.
Top with remaining blondie batter and spread evenly.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
Melt butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon over low heat. Once melted together, pull off the heat. Sift in powdered sugar, and whisk until fully combined. Allow to cool for 8-10 minutes so the glaze can thicken.
Allow bars to cool for about 10 minutes, then pour the glaze over the bars and allow it to set.
Slice into squares and enjoy!