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Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies

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You know what I love most about apple season? Caramel. Caramel goes with everything.

So do apples, it turns out. They go especially well with blondes, toffee, and homemade caramel sauce.

I’d say this recipe is fall baking #forthewin.

Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies with homemade caramel sauce

So it’s September 1st. That means I can post all apple all pumpkin all caramel all the time until December, right? And then throw in some peppermint and gingerbread for good measure?

I know actual fall isn’t until the 20th, but we’re in the right month, so that’s good enough for me.

Speaking of – are you ready for candy corn yet? It’s out in the stores and I’m itching to bake with it. I was advised to wait until after Labor Day. I guess candy corn and wearing black have something in common.

Anyway – caramel, apples, toffee, and blondes. Four things meant to be in a title together.

Other name for this recipe: GET IN MY BELLY RIGHT NOW YO’. But that wasn’t very SEO friendly, so I stuck with Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies.

Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies with homemade caramel sauce

This recipe is a re-do of one I made a long time ago. Actually, it’s not so much of a re-do as a total scrap and start over. But you get the idea.

I love throwing apples into desserts other than pie. Last year I threw them into cheesecake bars, gooey bars, and cookies. The cookies gave me the idea for the toffee bits and the gooey bars gave me the idea for the caramel. Again – all good things that totally go together!

These bars start off with my normal blondie base. It’s the same recipe I used for my toffee blondiescaramel crunch blondies, and loaded cookie bars (which are, in effect, blondies).

This time, I added apples and toffee bits to the batter.

That was a good decision.

Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies with homemade caramel sauce

You know what made the decision even better? Adding caramel sauce to the top. Homemade caramel sauce. Similar to my salted butterscotch sauce, this homemade caramel came together in minutes. Melted butter is cooked with brown sugar, then you add heavy whipping cream and vanilla.

Be sure to try hard not to eat it direct from the pan. You’ll burn your mouth. Not that I did that or anything, but really. It’s hard to control yourself, but just try.

Once it cools, you can drizzle the caramel over the blondies before serving.

Or you can drizzle it directly into your mouth when no one is looking. *sheepish look on face*

The apple toffee blondies are good. With caramel? They’re infinitely good. That’s a lot.

Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies with homemade caramel sauce

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Servings: 24 bars; about 1 cup caramel sauce

Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies

Adding apple and toffee bits to blondies makes them the perfect apple season dessert. When you drizzle homemade caramel sauce over the top it makes them irresistible!


For the blondies

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups apples — peeled, cored, and diced small
  • 1 cup toffee bits

For the caramel (optional, but amazing)

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF. Line a 9x13โ€ pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix.
  3. Mix in the apples and toffee bits.
  4. Press into prepared pan (dough is very wet and sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands). Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center just loses the wet look.
  5. Cool bars completely before cutting.
  6. Make the caramel: melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add the brown sugar and stir until the mixture boils. Boil for 1 minute without stirring. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and heavy cream. Transfer to a jar to cool.
  7. Serve bars with a generous drizzle of caramel. Store bars in a covered container for up to 3 days.

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  1. I must be a horrible human..because I started baking with candy corn yesterday. In fact, I bought a bag a month ago and it’s been sitting in my pantry waiting.
    Anyway. These bars? I want to eat them all! Caramel and apple all the things! Pinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Last week or the week before? I posted some caramel apple bars/blondies. No toffee bits and I used good ole TJ’s salted caramel so you get my awesome-ness vote for using homemade sauce and adding the toffee. I love toffee! Delish! Pinned of course!

    And yes, now that it’s 9/1, it’s fair game to post pumpkin recipes like 3x a week, right! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. These are very exciting! I’m ready for caramel apples and anything that has those flavors. Plus the chewiness of a blondie doesn’t hurt!
    Can’t wait to see what you do with candy corn!

  4. That caramel… Oh my goodness, I don’t know if it would make it onto the bars, it looks so good! These bars definitely summarize the highlights of fall baking!

  5. These look delicious! Love the chewy apple with gooey caramel sauce combo. It’s probably one of my favorite Fall combinations! Fooey on rules about white shoes and candy corn! I wear white all year long.

  6. I am ready for caramel, apples, and pumpkin! The sunshine can stick around for a while longer, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ These bars look like a great way to welcome fall baking!

  7. Wow are these blondies giving me serious serious life right now! I can’t even stand it!

  8. Wow, love these. Not sure which flavor in these I’m the most excited for. Sounds amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I agree, caramel does go with everything, haha. These look yummy! Happy Monday.

  10. Apple + caramel = darn delicious! Those pools of the caramel sauce on top off those apple-y brown sugar blondies look too good. Autumn is definitely here! Pinned!

  11. These bars are calling my name, Dorothy! I love the caramel and toffee flavors. What a perfect blondie! Pinned!

  12. Yay, bring on all the pumpkins and apple recipe – I’m ready for them all ๐Ÿ™‚ Love these blondies, the caramel and apple are perfect together and throwing in the toffee bits is the best decision ever – pinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Let me just say – FINALLY! The fall baking season is here and I’m so excited! These blondies – to die for!! Love caramel treats! Pinned!

  14. Yay! These are just perfect for the fall weather I’ve been wishing for… Now it just needs to arrive:) That won’t keep me from making these though; I love blondies and the apples and caramel really sound so comforting. Thanks, Dorothy!

  15. As far as I’m concerned, it is fall now…bring on the apple recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰ These look so amazing, love the apples in the blondies, and that caramel drizzle on top looks to die for. Yum!

  16. The start of September is definitely the start of fall for me. Apples and caramel are a match made in heaven! Love that you put the two into a blondie, these look perfect.

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  18. Oh these look fabulous. Wish I had some now!

  19. These look so good, and that caramel apple cake roll looks DIVINE!!!

  20. Aw cutest blondies ever! Caramel makes everything better!

  21. I am so ready for fall and everything pumpkin and apple! These bloodies look fantastic Dorothy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I am all ready for Fall. Bring on the cooler temperatures and all things apple and pumpkin!

  23. I love, love, love apple and caramel season!! And these caramel apple toffee blondies look unreal – all that drippy and gooey caramel – YUM! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. These blondies look amazing, Dorothy! Perfect recipe for Autumn, love caramel and apples!

  25. The caramel and apple combo is quickly becoming one of my new favorites!

  26. Caramel does go with everything! These look fantastic!

  27. Yum! What a great way to welcome in apple season!

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  29. Yes! Caramel and apples are a must! I’m so excited for fall.

  30. Must make these soon! So awesome!!

  31. I need these in my life. right. now. Perfect dessert for fall!

  32. What a delicious combination. These look finger licking good! pinned!

  33. HAAH! If all titles could be non SEO friendly, they would read something like Face Plant Pie and Uber awesome cupcakes. In other words, get in my belly would be a totally acceptable name for these blondes.

  34. Oh yeah! And I agree with your first recipe name! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Holy moley, I would have named these bars #1 Fall Addiction. These look insane, Dorothy! In the tastiest possible way, of course. ๐Ÿ˜€ Love all that gorgeous caramel drizzled/dumped on top! Pinned.

  36. so Stella is following you on instagram, and she actually stopped my driving to show me these ๐Ÿ™‚ needless to say they are on this weekends to-do list

  37. Those photos made me want to eat those now! You are the best food photog ever! Everything I have tried from your blog has turned out to be so delicious, too. I’ll say prayers for Ashley’s husband, and try the link.

  38. So glad caramel apple season is here! Now, where is that cool weather I ordered?? These blondies look outrageous Dorothy – pinned!

  39. Ha, beat it SEO, I think GET IN MY MOUTH YO is perfection. And uh, the burning of the mouth is very relatable ๐Ÿ™‚ All things caramel! I think it takes a back seat with all the pumpkin and apple, but combine it with one or both of those? Yes yes and yes!

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  41. Just wanted to say I made this last night for dessert and they were so good! I cut recipe in half because I knew I would eat any leftovers! I also used the toffee bits with chocolate and the flavor is outstanding! Served with caramel and vanilla ice cream! Yum!!! Thanks for a keeper recipe!!!

  42. Just made these and am waiting for them to cool. They smell delicious! I’m curious about the 2 tbsp. of milk in the caramel sauce….When does that get added? I didn’t put any in, and the sauce seemed to turn out okay…

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  44. I can’t even handle that it’s apple season right now – I feel like I’m not ready! And WHAT, you can bake with candy corn? Show me your ways. That sounds awesome!

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