APPLE BLONDIES

October 05, 2015

THERE ARE 2 FLAVORS OF FALL: APPLE & PUMPKIN. I HAPPEN TO LOVE BOTH — WAY TOO MUCH!!! THESE APPLE BLONDIES ARE TO DIEEEE FOR!

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CINNAMON, TOASTED PECANS, TOFFEE, APPLES, MMM MMM MM!

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I found this recipe in the September 2011 Southern Living. They made “butterscotch” apple blondies, but I am a cinnamon LOVER and adding cinnamon as well as cinnamon chips makes these bars perfect!
I’ve also made these with  toffee baking bits – those turn out AMAZING as well!! 
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TOASTING YOUR PECANS FIRST ADDS A NUTTY FLAVOR TO THESE BLONDIES WITHOUT ADDING TOO MANY PECANS AND WEIGHING YOUR BARS DOWN– THEIR FRAGRANCE WHILE BAKING SMELLS DELICIOUS AND YOU GET AN ENRICHED PECAN FLAVOR.

Just don’t do what I did and burn your first batch… I had to start over! Start with a shorter timer of about 6 minutes so you don’t burn them because you can always add more time if need be. You want them to be lightly toasted – just a little brown!
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I USED TO NEVER WANT TO MAKE RECIPES WITH FRESH APPLES BECAUSE THE THOUGHT OF PEELING THEM AND CUTTING THEM UP SOUNDED LIKE WAY TOO MUCH WORK TO ME.

I steered clear of apple recipes and always made the ones that used canned apple pie filling. Well, I have some good news for you today – IT ISN’T EVEN HARD and one apple goes a long way. I partially peeled mine randomly all over and left a little peeling on to save time– it took all of about 30 seconds on each apple. I used 2 medium sized apples and made 3 cups exactly when they were diced.
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When you fold the apples, pecans, and cinnamon chips or toffee bits into your batter – you might worry that there are too many mix-ins for the amount of batter you have. It seems like a lot of apples. The first time I made these blondies I was concerned too, but trust me that there is plenty of batter. It will rise a little and your apples will soften while the cinnamon chips melt into the batter.
The comforting fragrance of apple cinnamon will fill your home while these bake! When they are ready, use your self-control (easier said than done!!) and let them cool about an hour before you cut them or they will fall apart!

YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE AFTER YOUR FIRST BITE BECAUSE THESE MOIST BARS MELT IN YOUR MOUTH WITH THE FLAVORS OF FALL – SOFT, TART APPLES AND SWEET CINNAMON SPICE WITH A HINT OF TOASTY PECANS.

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Apple Blondies
Serves 18
YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE AFTER YOUR FIRST BITE BECAUSE THESE MOIST BARS MELT IN YOUR MOUTH WITH THE FLAVORS OF FALL – SOFT, TART APPLES AND SWEET CINNAMON SPICE WITH A HINT OF TOASTY PECANS.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup chopped pecans
  2. 2 cups packed brown sugar
  3. 1 cup butter, melted
  4. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  9. ½ teaspoon salt
  10. 3 cups peeled & diced granny smith apples {about 2 medium, I partially peeled & they were fine!}
  11. ½ cup cinnamon chips or English toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Bake pecans in a single layer on a bread pan for 6-8 minutes, stirring after about 3 minutes. The should be lightly toasted and fragrant.
  2. Cream butter & sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Whisk flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to brown sugar mixture and stir until blended.
  4. Fold in apples, pecans, and cinnamon chips (or toffee bits!).
  5. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch pan, sprayed generously with cooking spray. Spread evenly.
  6. Bake at 350 for 35 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before cutting in to bars.
  8. Store up to 1 week in an airtight container.
Adapted from September 2011 Southern Living
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Written by Brenley from Spoons Of Grace

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