14 October 2011

Toffee Apple Blondies

I know I've been heavy on the desserts lately, but there was no way I wasn't going to share this one with you.  I saw these on the blog Cookies and Cups and had to make them.  They are blondies filled with tender pieces of apple and toffee bits.

Toffee Apple Blondies

⅔ cup butter, room temperature
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup apple, peeled, cored, and diced (1 large)
½ cup toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray a 9×13” baking pan lightly with baking spray.  

Cream butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined.  Stir in the chopped apples and toffee bits until evenly distributed.

Spread in prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes until the center is set.

Let cool completely before slicing or frosting.

Makes about 15 bars.

I actually didn't change anything about the recipe.  That's how good they are.  They are soft and tender in the middle and the top gets kind of  flaky and crisp.  So good.  And it's no surprise that toffee and apple go together!

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that the original recipe included a frosting.  I made the frosting the first time I made these blondies, but not the second time.  The frosting is very rich and there was so much of it that it completely overpowered the blondies.  You couldn't really taste the blondies at all, just the frosting.  I didn't even take pictures of that batch because all you could see was frosting.  So I skipped the frosting the second time around and much preferred them that way.  If I ever do make them with the frosting again, I will only use half the frosting.  Here's the recipe; I've already halved it for you.

Optional Brown Sugar Frosting

¼ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 cup powdered sugar

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add brown sugar and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes.  Stir in powdered sugar with a whisk.  Let cool until it thickens enough to spread.  Stir before spreading on top of blondies.  Let frosting set for 30 minutes and then cut into bars.

These blondies are a wonderful fall treat.  And a great way to use up all those apples you picked at the orchard!  

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BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

Delicious! Apples and toffee are a perfect combo! Thanks for your feedback on the icing. Halving sounds like a great idea. I am adding this to my "must make" list!!

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

Lesa, yum, yum! Going to have to make these! Sometimes if the bar is really good, you don't need icing. Sounds like this is one of those bars!

Debi said...

Thank You so Much for sharing on Thursday's Treasures! I am certain we will LOVE these. Please join us again each Thursday. <3 and Hugs!

Amy said...

These sound fantastic. Thanks so much for linking up at A Little Nosh!

Abby said...

These look amazing. Toffee and apple sounds like a wonderful flavor combination!

meettheswans.com said...

This recipe caught my attention! I just made similar bars this weekend with butterscotch instead of toffee. I think toffee would be wonderful with the apple too!

Debi said...

Looks Wonderful! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures. Please join us each Thursday-Sunday. <3 and Hugs!

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