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!
Keyword apple, toffee bits
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 1hour
Author Dorothy Kern
2cups(210g) apples, peeled, cored, and diced small(about 2-3 apples)
1 ½cups(300g) packed brown sugar
½cup(113g) unsalted butter, softened
2cups(248g) all-purpose flour
1cup(152g) toffee bits
Make sure to dice the apples very small. Place in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. Cool 15 minutes and drain well before making bars.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
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, cinnamon, and flour and mix.
Mix in the apples and toffee bits.
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.
Cool bars completely before cutting.
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.
Serve bars with a generous drizzle of caramel. Store bars in a covered container for up to 3 days.
Optional Caramel for topping: 1/4 cup (57g) unsalted butter, 1/2 cup (100g) packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 tablespoons (45ml) heavy whipping cream. 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.
You can use any kind of apples you prefer, but I like Granny Smith for a tart bite, since the bars are super sweet.
These will be very soft even when done - the apples keep them gooey.
They're done when they're golden and just lose their glossy sheen. Err on the side over a bit over baked - don't worry, the apples will keep them moist.