I really love baking with apples. Something about them makes any baked good so delicious and moist. These blondies are no exception! The apples become so soft and gooey! The flavors are out of this world too! Brown sugar, tart green apple, toffee bits. You can’t go wrong!!
Now I will say one thing about these blondies, I didn’t love the frosting. It was much too sweet. The next time these are made, yes there will be a next time, I’d either leave it off completely or halve the recipe and make it more of a glaze then a thick layer of frosting. We all honestly thought they could be without the frosting and be amazing. I’ll include the recipe as it was written and you can decide for yourself!
recipe slightly adapted from: cookiesandcups.com
2/3 c. room temperature butter
2 c. packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
3/4 c. toffee bits
1/2 c. butter
1 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. milk
2 c. powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 9×13 baking pan lightly with cooking spray.
Cream butter and brown sugar in mixer until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium until combined.
On low, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mixing 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.
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.