Apple Cinnamon Blondies {Guest Post}

Today Lauren of Keep It Sweet Desserts is here to celebrate apples! She has changed my world with this recipe. I’ve thrown apples into all of the traditional items from pies to muffins and many other breakfast goods. I never thought to add them to blondies though. No wonder she has a successful sweets business! If you want cookies or brownies delivered, she’s your girl. 

There are a few things that get me excited for fall: pumpkin, boots, butternut squash, cool crisp air, cozy sweaters, a fresh start, and the warm smell of cinnamon coated apples baking in any form.

All of those things always give me a good feeling inside. And even though I’ve always thought of myself as a summer girl, there is something about autumn that brings me so much joy. Maybe it is that I can eat pumpkin all year round, but it is easier to find when the Halloween candy is on the shelves. Maybe it is that I always associate the start of fall with reconnecting with friends. Maybe it is trading in shorts and t-shirts for less revealing comfy sweaters. Maybe it is the High Holidays where I get together with family. Maybe it is that I met my husband in the fall 9 years ago. But while all of that is nice, I think the biggest reason to love this new season is the opportunity to dive back into comfort foods like chili, lasagna and warm apple crisp.



When Rachel invited me to be a part of the Apple a Day Party this month I was more than excited. It might just be the unofficial beginning of fall, but I’m ready for pumpkin in my oatmeal and apples in my desserts.

Of course deciding what to make was tricky. So I decided to go with something I’ve been loving lately, blondies, and fill them with chunks of apples and spicy cinnamon chips. They are chewy and gooey and, best of all, truly highlight the flavors of warm apple pie. You might even like to warm them up and top them with ice cream, because now that our bathing suits are packed away, it is time to have fun with food.


Yield: Serves 12

Apple Cinnamon Blondies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 extra large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped granny smith apple, skin on (~1 medium apple)
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350; spray an 11-inch tart pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Melt butter and brown sugar in a heavy duty saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly; remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. In a separate large bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla; add melted butter and sugar mixture and whisk until combined. Slowly whisk in dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in chopped apples and cinnamon chips.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from center

Allow to cool; when ready to cut, separate pan by carefully running a knife around the edges of the blondies and then pushing up from the center of the bottom of the pan; slice blondies evenly into triangles and enjoy.

If you prefer to peel your apples you can, I just like to leave the skin on because I like the taste and it saves time. If you do not have a tart pan, an 8 or 9 inch baking dish will also work, cooking times may increase.

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Check out a few other amazing treats from Lauren: White Chocolate Cinnamon Bun Krispie Treats, Rugelach Three Ways and Apple and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Crumble.


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21 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Blondies {Guest Post}”

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — September 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Love apple blondies! I did some last fall, which reminds me I need to do a batch before the season is over!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Thank you so much for including me in your Apple a Day Party! I am stocked up on apples and ready for everyone’s recipes:-)

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — September 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

    These look delicious!

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    katie — September 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    oh my this looks awesome and I love the fact that you used a tart pan! I’ve yet to use my tart pan.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Oh yum! This looks delicious!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — September 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    These look amazing! I definitely see these baking in my oven soon! ;)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Great recipe Lauren!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — September 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I’m thinking these are a must make for this Fall!

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — September 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love apple season. I have to try these blondies now that I’ve finished eating the apple brownies I shared yesterday on the blog

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    Erin — September 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Ok I was trying to resist fall recipes, but I think I just caved!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — September 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    These look absolutely heavenly! I’m so thankful I found them just as the apple season is beginning! I can’t wait to try them!

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    foodwanderings — September 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Love this Apple a Day theme going on here Rach! So pretty. I am fussy about fruit desserts but the one I always love in desserts without fail is apples! I know you must be busy with getting the girls off to school this week. I hope it was fun!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I love apples, I love blondies – this is one killer dessert!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I LOVE everything fall has to offer when it comes to the fashion realm. And I also love everything you have to offer for today’s apple a day post!! Looks and sounds awesome!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — September 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    totally delicious!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — September 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve never made apple blondies either- can’t wait!!

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    Tracey — September 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    This sounds like the most amazing fall dessert! I never remember to buy Granny Smith apples, I need to add them to my shopping list this month.

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    Angela Greenwald — September 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Okay, I just made these tonight. They were fan-flippin-tastic. I’m a huge fan of apple crisp but I LOVE the crisp part more than the apple part. This recipe gives you that. I will make these again…and again…and again!!!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — September 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    ooo I have to find some cinnamon chips! want these blondies!

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    Hannah — September 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Just made this tonight with non-dairy white chocolate chips instead of the cin (which must be amazing) and I feel it’s either too salty or has too much baking powder (but at 1/2 tsp…how can that be too much?) They taste kinda funny. Was going to give this as a gift to a friend and may have to switch it to something else. What say you? :(

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    Sonya — October 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I made this last week and it was a HUGE hit..huge! loved every single thing about it and wouldn’t change anything..Well thats sorta not true. I was out of vanilla and subbed in butter vanilla..man was that delicious! Thank you for a wonderful recipe that cheered the family up after coming home from a miserable cold and wet day:)

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