These apple blondies are a simple yet delicious fall dessert!
Apple blondies are an easy and tasty way to use up apples, and you can make variations, too, like maple apple blondies or caramel apple blondies!
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Every fall we go apple picking as a family, and every year we have plenty of apples to use up! Many of my favorite recipes require large amounts of apples–things like apple butter and cinnamon apples.
But the good news is, you don’t have to have a bushel and a peck of apples to be able to enjoy a sweet treat this fall.
I know everyone loves pumpkin desserts, myself included. But can we just acknowledge for a minute that apples sometimes get completely ignored when it comes to fall desserts?
Whether you want an apple cider bundt cake, apple spice cupcakes, an old-fashioned country apple cake, or these delicious apple blondies, you’re in for a treat! Sweet apples and warm spices make these the perfect way to kick off fall!
Why You’ll Love These Easy Apple Blondies
I personally think bars and cookies make great desserts for a party.
They’re easy to make ahead of time, simple to serve, and can be enjoyed as finger foods if you’d like.
That’s one reason why my marble cookie brownie bars are so popular, and why I know you’ll love these blondies with apples and pecans, too.
These apple bars are sweetened with both brown sugar and granulated sugar, dotted with fresh apples, and finished with the contrasting crunch of pecans!
More Easy Fall Dessert Ideas:
How to Make Apple Blondies
It’s really easy to make this dessert, even if you don’t have a whole bushel of apples to use up.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Lemon juice
- Unsalted butter
- Light brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Chopped pecans
How to Make It:
Prepare the apples. First, you’ll mix up the chopped apples with some cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and sugar. Set those aside.
Mix the batter. Next, you’ll cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients, followed by the apple mixture and pecans.
Bake. Last, you’ll spread the batter into a prepared pan and bake for about 28-30 minutes.
Allow the blondies to cool before you cut them into bars and serve.
Notes and Adaptations:
- Feel free to use whatever variety of apple you have on hand. I’m partial to honeycrisp, gala, and Granny Smith, but you can change it up!
- I also think these would be delicious drizzled with caramel sauce or with caramel chips added to the batter–then you’d have caramel apple blondies!
- To change the flavor a bit and make these “maple apple blondies,” consider adding 1/2 tsp maple extract instead of the 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container.
- For the Apple Mixture:
- 1 large apple, chopped
- 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1⁄2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- For the Batter:
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 tsp salt
- 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9x13" baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, prepare the apple mixture by combining apple pieces, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and sugar. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), combine butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and cinnamon.
- With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
- Fold in apple mixture and pecans to combine. Spread into prepared pan.
- Bake for 28-32 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
- Feel free to use whatever variety of apple you have on hand. I'm partial to honeycrisp, gala, and Granny Smith, but you can change it up!
- I also think these would be delicious drizzled with caramel sauce or with caramel chips added to the batter--then you'd have caramel apple blondies!
- To change the flavor a bit and make these "maple apple blondies," consider adding 1/2 tsp maple extract instead of the 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
Amount Per Serving Calories 115Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 18mgSodium 35mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
Be sure to pin this recipe to your fall desserts board on Pinterest!